It’s the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that

this year’s Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon as well as shows (“Orange,” “Modern Family,” “Game of Thrones”) sporting LGBT characters and stories.

It’s brilliant that the Academy of Television Arts & Science recognizes the streaming media of Netflix (and should the time come, Hulu) as part of “television” and has embraced Netflix series. It’s going to be a hard call for some of these nominations, and while I’m a little disappointed in a couple categories (what no Sharknado! Well maybe next year Sharknado 2: The Second One will make the cut), this year’s nominees dorepresent one of the finest years in TV ever. (And Vince Van Patten is nominated for Best Director-and to think he used to be a TV teen idol heart throb!).

Is your popcorn popped? Here we go! Seth is about to take the stage!!

Nominees

Drama series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)

Comedy series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Veep” (HBO)

Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Treme” (HBO)
“The White Queen” (Starz)

TV Movie

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Actor in a drama

Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)
Woody Harrelson (“True Detective”)
Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Actress in a drama

Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”)
Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”)
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”)
Kerry Washington (“Scandal”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Actor in a comedy

Louis C.K (“Louie”)
Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”)
Ricky Gervais (“Derek”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

Actress in a comedy

Lena Dunham (“Girls”)
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)
Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Actor in a miniseries or a movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Dancing on the Edge”)
Martin Freeman (“Fargo”)
Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo)”)
Idris Elba (“Luther”)
Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: His Last Vow”)

Actress in a miniseries or a movie

Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Coven”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Coven”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“Burton and Taylor”)
Minnie Driver (“Return to Zero”)
Kristen Wiig (“The Spoils of Babylon”)
Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”)

Reality-competition program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Variety series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Supporting actor in a drama series

Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”)

Supporting actress in a drama series

Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)
Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”)
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)

Guest actor in a drama series

Paul Giamatti (“Downton Abbey”)
Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife”)
Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards”)
Robert Morse (“Mad Men”)
Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex”)
WINNER: Joe Morton (“Scandal”)

Guest actress in a drama series

Margo Martindale (“The Americans”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Kate Mara (“House of Cards”)
WINNER: Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex”)
Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”)
Kate Burton (“Scandal”)

Writing for a drama series

Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad”)
Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”)
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (“Game of Thrones”)
Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”)
Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”)

Directing for a drama series

Tim Van Patten (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”)
David Evans (“Downton Abbey”)
Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”)
Carl Franklin (“House of Cards”)
Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”)

upporting actor in a comedy series

Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Adam Driver (“Girls”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Kate Mulgrew (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

Guest actor in a comedy series

Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Nathan Lane (“Modern Family”)
Steve Buscemi (“Portlandia”)
Jimmy Fallon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Louis C.K. (“Saturday Night Live”)
Gary Cole (“Veep”)

Guest actress in a comedy series

Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live”)
Joan Cusack (“Shameless”)

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