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American Horror Story Leads the Way with 17 Emmy Nominations

By July 20, 2012

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Denis O'Hare in AHS.
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American Horror Story's decision to enter the Emmy race as a miniseries seems pretty smart right about now. That's because the spooky anthology TV series (featuring different casts, characters, settings, storylines, etc. each season) has nabbed a whopping 17 nominations -- including:

  • Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Connie Britton)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie (both Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Denis O'Hare)

The remaining nods are for art direction, casting, costunes, editing, hairstyling, makeup, title design, sound and stunts.

The miniseries route didn't work so well for The River, which nabbed only one nomination, for sound editing. The Walking Dead, meanwhile, received three nominations -- for makeup, visual effects and sound. As he's done for the past four years, Dexter's Michael C. Hall was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, but the Showtime series was otherwise snubbed. Grimm picked up one for stunt work, but the remaining horror/suspense shows -- including True Blood, Fringe, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries -- didn't get any Emmy love this year. The Emmys take place on Sunday, September 23.


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