Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP's Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he said the only award he'd ever won was from AARP - a "golden Barcalounger."
S unday night's Emmy broadcast should be a great night for grownups -- viewers and nominees alike. Will those cocktail-swilling '60s Manhattanites from Mad Men bring home a record-breaking fifth win for Outstanding Drama Series? Or might they be overtaken the countesses and maids of Downton Abbey? The British melodrama won last year's mini-series Emmy for its first season, but is competing this year in the drama series category. It's a close call - but I'm betting on Downton, and I'm not buying any talk of Showtime's dark Homeland thriller or HBO's fantastical cult favorite Game of Thrones springing the upset in the night's marquee category. How about you?
The Primetime Emmy nominations were unveiled this morning, honoring the best in television during the 2011-12 season. AMC's juggernaut Mad Men and the FX mini-series American Horror Story led the way with 17 total nominations apiece, while PBS' Downton Abbey and the History Channel mini-series Hatfields & McCoys each nabbed 16. Among comedies, ABC's Modern Family led the way with 14 nods.
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