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Emmys 2008: Mad Men and John Adams lead nominations

Mad Men

Story by Jack Foley

MAD Men, the acclaimed drama set in the world of advertising in the 1960s, and historical drama John Adams have emerged as the favourites for this year’s Emmys after scooping the most amount of nominations each.

John Adams, which stars Paul Giamatti in the story of one of America’s founding fathers, tops the shortlist with 23 nods, while Mad Men, which recently aired on the BBC and is the new project from the writer of The Sopranos, scooped 16 nominations.

There were also several nods for British talent, with Dames Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins both receiving nominations for their roles in BBC drama Cranford, while Hugh Laurie receives his third nomination for best actor in a drama series for his role in House.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on September 21.

British contenders

Of the British stars competing for awards, Tom Wilkinson – who last year earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Michael Clayton alongside George Clooney – has two nominations.

The first comes in the best actor in a miniseries or movie category, where he has been nominated for his performance in election drama Recount alongside his co-star Kevin Spacey, Paul Giamatti for John Adams and two further Brits, Ricky Gervais for The Extra Special Series Finale and Ralph Fiennes for Bernard And Doris.

His second nomination comes for playing yet another US politician, this time for his supporting role in John Adams.

Dame Judi Dench, meanwhile, faces similarly tough competition in the best actress in a mini-series category, lining up against some of America’s leading ladies, including Susan Sarandon for Bernard and Doris, Laura Linney for John Adams and Catherine Keener for An American Crime, as well as Phylicia Rashad for A Raisin In The Sun. The nomination marks Dame Judi’s second Emmy nomination – the first coming for 2001’s <>Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

Dame Eileen, meanwhile, is in the running for supporting actress for Cranford.

Hugh Laurie will be looking to make it third time lucky for House having missed out to Boston Legal‘s James Spader in previous years. But he continues to face stiff competition from the likes of Spader (also nomination), Mad Men‘s John Hamm, Dexter‘s Michael C Hall Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and In Treatment‘s Gabriel Byrne.

Other nominess

In the best drama stakes, Mad Men will compete against Emmy regulars House and Lost, as well as excellent serial killer drama Dexter and legal thriller Damages, which also earned nominations for stars Glenn Close and Ted Danson.

Intriguingly, two usual Emmy regulars, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives failed to make a showing in the best series categories.

In the comedy stakes, meanwhile, Tina Fey’s acclaimed spoof 30 Rock, which landed a total of 17 nods, competes against the US remake of The Office, as well as Two And A Half Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage.

View the nominations in full