Modern Family Snags 17 Emmy Noms

'Mad Men,' 'Boardwalk Empire' also score big
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 7:59 AM CDT

A cute moment during today's early morning Emmy nominations: Melissa McCarthy, who was announcing the nominations alongside Joshua Jackson, struggled to keep her emotions in check after learning she herself had been nominated as lead actress in a comedy series for Mike & Molly. Other nominees included such familiar faces as Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock and Steve Carell for his last season on The Office. Fan favorite Betty White even scored a supporting actress nod for Hot in Cleveland. Top series contenders include Glee, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and The Office for comedy. For drama: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Dexter, The Good Wife, and Friday Night Lights.

Modern Family racked up a whopping 17 nominations—including all six of its adult actors nominated in the supporting category—but the biggest winner of the morning was actually a miniseries, HBO's Mildred Pierce, with 21 nominations. Other biggies: Mad Men with 19 and Boardwalk Empire with 18, E! reports. Two more fun tidbits: Despite all the drama, The Kennedys scored a nomination for best miniseries or movie, and—while Charlie Sheen was not so lucky—Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer got a supporting actor nod for his troubles. (More Emmy Awards stories.)

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