Emmy Nominations: ‘Luther,’ ‘Wild Things,’ Bonham Carter Score for BBC AMERICA

Idris Elba in 'Luther' (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

Idris Elba in ‘Luther’ (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

Cheer up, Clone Club. There’s plenty for BBC AMERICA enthusiasts to celebrate in the 2014 Emmy nominations, which were announced this morning (July 10) in Los Angeles, CA. The third installment of Luther received an Outstanding Miniseries nomination, while its towering star Idris Elba earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. (Adding to Luther‘s bounty, creator Neil Cross is nominated in the miniseries writing category.) Helena Bonham Carter scooped up a Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nod for her work as Elizabeth Taylor in BBC AMERICA’s Burton and Taylor.

BBC AMERICA’s Ian Fleming miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond scored a nod for its cinematography, led by DP Edward Wild.

And finally, Dominic Monaghan has reason to cheer this morning: his creature-filled BBC AMERICA adventure series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is up for Unstructured Reality Program. Well done, sir. All of those close encounters with venomous snakes and charging elephants paid off handsomely.

With 19 nominations total, HBO’s Game of Thrones leads the pack overall, but it is closely followed by two miniseries: critical darling Fargo (18 nominations) and fan favorite American Horror Story: Coven (17 nominations).

While HBO’s The Normal Heart and the U.S. miniseries Fargo and AHS dominated their categories, the miniseries and movie races are undoubtedly the ones for Anglophiles to watch. Alongside Luther, Starz’s The White Queen will be competing for the Outstanding Miniseries award, while Sherlock episode “His Last Vow” received a nod for Outstanding TV Movie.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie is ultimately a battle of BBC detectives—the tortured genius of Luther‘s Elba and the high-functioning sociopathy of Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch. And then there’s the seething darkness lurking beneath the Minnesotan “oh yahhs” of Fargo‘s Martin Freeman (not a Brit in the show, of course, but we’ll forgive him—he also scooped up an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nod for his turn as Sherlock‘s John Watson). Fellow Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor also got in for his work in Dancing on the Edge. Rounding out the category are Freeman’s Fargo co-star Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Ruffalo of The Normal Heart. Meanwhile, Bonham Carter faces fellow Brit Minnie Driver (Lifetime’s Return to Zero) for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

The Television Academy also recognized those working behind the scenes on such acclaimed shows. Along with Luther‘s Neil Cross, Sherlock‘s Steven Moffat was recognized in the Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special category. Nick Hurran, director of Sherlock episode “His Last Vow,” received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

Elsewhere, Masterpiece mainstay Downton Abbey continues to impress, snagging nominations for both Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (David Evans). Five Downton actors were lauded with nominations, as well—Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith, and guest star Paul Giamatti.

And, of course, Brit-filled Game of Thrones scooped up numerous accolades. Brit Diana Rigg was nominated for her guest appearance as Lady Olenna Tyrell, while Lena Headey and America’s Peter Dinklage were also nominated for acting awards. The show’s writing, directing, and production design did not go unnoticed, either, as it clinched nominations in all three of these categories.

And we have to acknowledge the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for Ricky Gervais, a former winner for HBO’s Extras and current nominee for Netflix’s unconventional and controversial Derek. Perhaps the British comedian feels a bit of pride today, given the contentious debate his show sparked?

Here are select nominees:
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

Outstanding TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Beautiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Byrstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Guest Actor in a Drama
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Joe Morton, Scandal

Guest Actress in a Drama
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Kate Burton, Scandal

Guest Actor in a Comedy
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep

Guest Actress in a Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
MythBusters
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Unstructured Reality Program
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Deadliest Catch
Flipping Out
Million Dollar Listing
Wahlburgers
Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan

Reality TV Host
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

See the full list of nominees at the Emmys official site. Seth Meyers will host the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys Monday, August 25th at 8/7c on NBC.

Sound off about the nominees in the comments! Who should win? Who was snubbed? Who should win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie?

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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