Emmy Award nominations 2012: Downton Abbey receives three nods

They're back for more! Downton Abbey receives three major nominations for this year's 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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14:04 GMT, 19 July 2012

Downton Abbey already walked away with two Emmy Awards last year, but this year they could be walking away with more.

The hit period drama has found itself in three major categories of the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Not only is it up for Best Drama Series, but stars of the show Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville are up for Best Actress and Actor awards.

Set for more success: Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Drama Series in the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Set for more success: Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Drama Series in the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Will they win Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are up for Best Actor and Best Actress in the Drama Series category

Will they win Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are up for Best Actor and Best Actress in the Drama Series category

Will they win Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are up for Best Actor and Best Actress in the Drama Series category

Bonneville is nominated for his role as The Earl of Grantham, while Dockery has been recognised for playing Lady Mary Crawley.

Announcing the nominations today was TV host Jimmy Kimmel and star of Scandal Carrie Washington.

Unsurprisingly, Downton Abbey have got some strong competitors in all three categories.

Also up for Best Drama Series are hit shows Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

The announcement of the nominations will no doubt come as very exciting news to the cast of the show which is returning with a third series.

So close: Elizabeth McGovern was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries last year but didn't win

So close: Elizabeth McGovern was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries last year but didn't win

Last year Downton Abbey took home six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special as well as Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Miniseries.

Maggie Smith also took home the award for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, while Elizabeth McGovern missed out on the Lead Actress Award.

Other awards that the show lost out on last year was Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Art Direction and and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing as well as the award for Sound Editing.

The show will no doubt be up for a lot of the same categories but it will be the three major nominations that they will be wishing to take home.

Writer Julian Fellowes has secured
U.S. actress Shirley MacLaine for series three, so American audiences
will certainly be looking forward to watching more.

Series one was well received in both the UK and the U.S. averaging more than six million viewers per episode.

Rivals: Maggie Smith, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress last year, will star alongside Shirley MacLaine in series three

Rivals: Maggie Smith, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress last year, will star alongside Shirley MacLaine in series three

Rivals: Maggie Smith, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress last year, will star alongside Shirley MacLaine (R) in series three

The drama is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.

Series one spanned the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which sets the story in motion.

Series two covered the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special covered the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920.

Filming for series three began in February this year and is set to be broadcast from September.

It follows the characters during the Roaring Twenties and will open in 1920 and cover eighteen months.

Fellowes has stated that it will include a storyline involving Catholicism, while executive producer of the show Rebecca Eaton, stated in an interview that a couple will get married, a baby will be born, a well-known character will die, and that there are good scenes between Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith.

The big news: Jimmy Kimmel and Carrie Washington took to the stage to announce the nominations today

The big news: Jimmy Kimmel and Carrie Washington took to the stage to announce the nominations today

Having a laugh: The TV show host arrived in a pair of pyjamas and discovered that he is up for an award in the Best Variety Series category

Having a laugh: The TV show host arrived in a pair of pyjamas and discovered that he is up for an award in the Best Variety Series category

Having a laugh: The TV show host arrived in a pair of pyjamas and discovered that he is up for an award in the Best Variety Series category

THE 2012 EMMY AWARDS – FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS:

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Kathy Bates – Harry's Law

Glenn Close – Damages

Claire Danes – Homeland

Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men

Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey

Steven Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall – Dexter

Damien Lewis – Homeland

Jon Hamm – Mad Men

Outstanding Mini Series

American Horror Story

Game Change

Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Luther

Sherlock

Lead Actress In A Mini Series Or Movie

Connie Britton – American Horror Story

Ashley Judd – Missing

Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn

Julianne Moore – Game Change

Emma Thompson – The Song Of Lunch

Lead Actor In A Mini Series Or Movie

Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Idris Elba – Luther

Woody Harrelson – Game Change

Clive Owen – Hemingway & Gellhorn

Bill Paxton – Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host of a Reality Show

Tom Bergeron – Dancing With The Stars

Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance

Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest – American Idol

Betty White – Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Best TV Reality Competition

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Best Variety Series

The Cold Bare Reaper

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night With Fallon

Real Time With Bill Marr

Saturday Night Live

Lead Actress In A Comedy

Zooey Deschanel – New Girl

Lena Dunham – Girls

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly

Julie Bowen – Modern Family

Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor In A Comedy

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Don Cheadle – House Of Lies

Louis C.K – Louie

Jon Cryer – Two And A Half Men

Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Girls

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep

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