2012 Emmy Nominations

Kerry Washington, Bruce Rosenblum and Jimmy Kimmel

The roster of nominees for the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced this morning by actress Kerry Washington (Scandal), ATAS chair Bruce Rosenblum, and host Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live), who substituted at the last minute (in pajamas) for actor Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), who missed the event due to weather-related travel delays. The musical series Glee (Fox) and Smash (NBC) each garnered a handful of nominations, as did the 65th Annual Tony Awards broadcast (CBS). The winners will be revealed September 23, when Kimmel hosts the awards ceremony, to be broadcast on ABC beginning at 7 p.m.

Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, is once again among the contenders for Guest Actress (Comedy Series), while cinematographer Michael Goi and makeup artist Kelley Mitchell and her team (both of them previous nominees as well) received nods in their respective categories.

The list for Smash includes Uma Thurman, who played Rebecca Duvall, in the Guest Actress (Drama Series) category and choreographer Joshua Bergasse, both first-time nominees. A previous winner in writing, composer Marc Shaiman received his first two nods in composing: one with Christian Bacon for the dramatic score of the “Publicity” episode; another with his longtime partner Scott Wittman for the music and lyrics to “Let Me Be Your Star” from the pilot episode.

The 65th Annual Tony Awards is contending for Outstanding Special Class Program. Its additional four nominations went to Glenn Weiss (who has five wins from previous Tony shows) for Directing (Variety Special), Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg (also winners for previous Tony shows) for Writing (Variety Special), Steve Bass (two wins for other variety shows) and Seth Easter for Art Direction (Variety or Nonfiction Program), and Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum for their music and lyrics.

Other writers nominated for their music and lyrics include Matthew West for the title song (and contemporary Christian hit) from The Heart of Christmas (GMC), Matthew W. Thompson for “Welcome Back to Hope” from the “Prodigy” episode of Raising Hope (Fox), and Eli Brueggemann with Seth Meyers and John Mulaney (who won last year) for “I Can’t Believe I’m Hosting,” which Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) sang on Saturday Night Live (NBC) when he incredulously hosted.

Finally, seven-time Emmy winner Steven Cimino and his team were noted for their technical direction of the Great Performances (PBS) presentation of the Broadway musical Memphis.

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