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Emmys: Jon Hamm, Steve Buscemi and Julianna Margulies among actor nominees; Kyra Sedgwick snubbed

July 14, 2011 |  6:12 am


It could come down to Don Draper versus Nucky for the Emmy.

Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire) each landed Emmy nominations Thursday morning in the actor drama category for their roles as a suave ad executive and corrupt political boss, respectively. They were joined by Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Michael C. Hall, ("Dexter"), Hugh Laurie ("House") and Timothy Olyphant ("Justified").

In the actress drama category, Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) was snubbed for her performance in her seventh and final season as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. Instead, Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”)is considered a front-runner against Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Kathy Bates, ("Harry's Law") and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men")

The actor drama category is wide open this year, with Bryan Cranston, a three-time winner for “Breaking Bad,” out of the race because the AMC drama premiered outside the eligibility period.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jane Lynch and will be broadcast live Sunday, Sept. 18, on Fox, live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


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-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Steve Buscemi plays Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO