On Thursday morning, bright and early, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly teamed up (weird combination, but okay) and announced the 2014 Emmy nominations. There were of course some snubs and some surprises, but the nominations also may have left you with some questions. And, no, I'm not talking about "Why didn't Brooklyn Nine-Nine get nominated for best comedy?" or "Is John Hamm finally going to win?" For there are no answers to those other than, "Who knows!" and "God, I hope so."
But there are some very valid, much more answerable questions about the Emmy nominations that you might be pondering and, lucky you, we have your answers!
How can Bryan Cranston be nominated? Breaking Bad ended last year!
Breaking Bad's fifth and final season was split into two parts with the first part eligible for the 2013 Emmy Awards and the second part eligible for 2014. Even though the second part ended in September of last year, and only aired in August and September, it is still part of the 2013-2014 television season.
And Netflix series? Those can be nominated too?
Yep! Netflix received their first Emmy nominations in 2013 with nods for House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove. This year, the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards received nominations.
How many of the actors nominated for top acting categories have won Emmys before?
In the categories of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 12 of the nominees have won Emmys in the past. (All awards are for acting unless otherwise listed.)
Bryan Cranston — Four wins for Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels — The Newsroom
Woody Harrelson — Cheers
Claire Danes — Temple Gradin, and two wins for Homeland
Juliana Margulies — ER, The Good Wife
Jim Parsons — Three wins for The Big Bang Theory
Ricky Gervais — The Office (for best comedy series, he's was an executive producer), Extras
Louis C.K. — Three writing wins for The Chris Rock Show, Live at the Beacon Theater, and Oh My God
William H. Macy — Two wins for Door to Door. One for writing, one for acting.
Melissa McCarthy — Mike & Molly
Edie Falco — Nurse Jackie, three wins for The Sopranos
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, two wins for Veep
Will any of the nominees EGOT if they win an Emmy this year?
Which nominated show has the most Emmy nominations altogether?
Of the shows nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Mad Men has the most Emmy nominations altogether with a whopping 105. In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, Modern Family is in the lead with 67. These very, very large numbers are so high because they include every category. For instance, "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half-hour) and Animation" or "Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series."
That's all good, but which nominated series for Outstanding Drama or Comedy has the most Emmy wins altogether?
If you guessed that the shows with the most Emmy nominations would also be the shows with the most Emmy wins, you were wrong!
Just kidding, you were absolutely right. Mad Men has a total of 15 Emmy wins and Modern Family has 18.
When are the Emmy Awards and who's hosting?
The Emmys are Aug. 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST and Seth Meyers will be this year's host.
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