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This morning the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with a total of 13 nominations -- five of which spanned such categories as Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actor, and Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Breaking Bad, in its third nomination for Outstanding Drama, will be up against Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and AMC's own Mad Men.
Bryan Cranston, going for his fourth consecutive win for Outstanding Actor (in years for which he was eligible), shares the category with Steve Buscemi of Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall of Dexter, Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey, Damian Lewis of Homeland, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Aaron Paul, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the third straight year and for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman joins Giancarlo Esposito, who was nominated for his portrayal of Gustavo Fring. The two are up against Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter of Downton Abbey, Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones, and Jared Harris of Mad Men.
Anna Gunn, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Skyler White will compete with Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski of The Good Wife, and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men
Mark Margolis, too, was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor for his portrayal of Tio Salamanca. He's up against Dylan Baker and Michael J. Fox of The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies of Justified, Ben Feldman of Mad Men, and Jason Ritter of Parenthood.
Breaking Bad also received eight other nominations: Michael Slovis was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for the third straight year, Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Directing for the second straight year, Skip MacDonald for Single-Camera Picture Editing for the second straight year, and Kelley Dixon for Single-Camera Picture Editing. The Season 4 Finale, "Face Off," also received nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sun., Sep. 23 on ABC.