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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Some cheery Emmy news for ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Downton Abbey’

We interrupt “Dark Knight Rises” week here at P & P for some brief commentary on the Emmy nominations; namely, let’s note that “Mad Men” tied with “American Horror Story” (really?) for the most nominations, at 17. Among those nominated for the show are actors Jon Hamm (who’s been nominated every “Mad Men” season but has never won), Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, Julia Ormond and Ben Feldman (who plays Ginsberg); and the writers for the episodes “The Other Woman,” “Commissions and Fees,” and “Far Away Places.” (Of the five slots in the writing-for-a-drama-series category, “Mad Men” received three.)
And my other favorite television series did rather nicely, too: “Downton Abbey” received 16 nominations, including nods for actors Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter (first-time nominations for all but Smith), for writer/creator Julian Fellowes, and for the costumes, which will of course clean up.
Other nominations worth noting: Margaret Cho for her killer turn as Kim Jong-il in “30 Rock”; movie royalty like Nicole Kidman (“Hemingway and Gelhorn”), Julianne Moore (“Game Change”) and Clive Owen (“Hemingway and Gelhorn”) getting their first Emmy nominations; local boy Dan Savage getting nominated for his “It Gets Better” special on MTV (in the mysterious category of Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program), and Uma Thurman getting nominated for her really quite awful work in “Smash.” Really?
Now, who on earth am I going to root for in Supporting Actress in a Drama — Smith, Froggatt, or Hendricks? Can it be a three-way tie?

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