"Downton Abbey" has had quite a banner day today. Not only did the PBS Masterpiece series get an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama, as expected, but they also received six major acting nominations in the Drama Series categories: Hugh Bonneville (Outstanding Lead Actor), Michelle Dockery (Outstanding Lead Actress), Maggie Smith and Joanne Frogatt (both for Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter (both for Outstanding Supporting Actor).

Last year, "Downton Abbey" was submitted in the Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie category, which it easily won, but this year it's up against some major competition in the Outstanding Drama category, including newcomer "Homeland," favorites "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" and the category's reigning champion, AMC's "Mad Men," which has won four years running.

"Downton's" submission as a drama series shook up a lot of the acting categories -- last year, Maggie Smith won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for playing the Dowager Countess (note: Elizabeth McGovern was also nominated last year as Lead Actress, but did not receive a nomination this year), but this year's five new contenders for the acting categories bumped some familiar Emmy faces from the race.

Most notable? "Mad Men" star John Slattery, a.k.a. Roger Sterling, who was missing from this year's Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for the first time in the show's history. "Mad Men's" Jared Harris did get a nomination in that category -- his first, for a truly phenomenal final season on the show -- but it was the two nominee newcomers of "Downton" that edged Slattery out of the race.

Another snub, possibly caused by all the "Downton" love: Hugh Laurie did not receive a nomination for Best Actor for the final season of "House," even though he had been nominated every year for the previous six seasons of the show. Another Hugh, Mr. Bonneville, was honored with a nomination in the category this year.

In the Best Actress category, three of last year's nominees were MIA this year -- Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), Mireille Enos ("The Killing") and Connie Britton (last year was "Friday Night Lights'" final season) -- leaving the door open for Glenn Close for the final season of "Damages" and newcomers Claire Danes for "Homeland" and Michelle Dockery for "Downton Abbey."

In the Best Supporting Actress category, neither Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire") nor Michelle Forbes ("The Killing") received a repeat nomination this year, and last year's winner Margo Martindale ("Justified") was not eligible this year, leaving slots open for the two "Downton" ladies.

In total, "Downton Abbey" received 16 Emmy nominations this year. What's your take: Does the show deserve all the love?

More Emmys 2012:
Complete list of nominees
Stars react to nominations
Snubs and surprises

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  • Snub: "Parks & Recreation"

    Although leading lady Amy Poehler nabbed an Outstanding Actress in a Comedy nomination, the beloved NBC ensemble comedy, which really hit its stride in Season 4 as Leslie ran for Pawnee city council, was passed over by the likes of "Veep" in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.

  • Snub: Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"

    Patinkin's intense performance as CIA agent Saul Berenson on "Homeland" went unrecognized in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, while both "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey" had two actors nominated for that honor. It's a shame Patinkin was crowded out.

  • Snub: "American Idol"

    A longtime juggernaut in the category, "American Idol" was not nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. With two thirds of its judging panel set to exit and competitors like "The Voice" gaining in popularity, is the snub another sign that "Idol's" reign is coming to an close?

  • Snub: Hugh Laurie, "House"

    "House" may be over, but there was no happy ending for Hugh Laurie in the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category. The five-time Emmy nominee didn't make the cut this year, with nominations going to familiar faces like Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Steve Buscemi and newcomer Hugh Bonneville.

  • Snub: "Louie"

    Louis C.K. grabbed a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, but his hilarious and groundbreaking show "Louie" was left out of the Outstanding Comedy Series category. It's a shame, but the snub should keep C.K. feeling plenty of existential angst, which is good news for fans of "Louie's" signature brand of dark comedy.

  • Snub: Jeff Probst, "Survivor"

    After winning the Outstanding Host For a Reality Or Reality-Competition Program Emmy in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst wasn't even nominated this year. Maybe the Emmy committee just wanted to give somebody else a chance.

  • Snub: Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"

    Jane Krakowski has been nominated three times for her role as Jenna Maroney on "30 Rock," but she was shut out of the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category in 2012. The category as a whole saw a lot of turnover this year, so Krakowski should be able to take some solace in that.

  • Snub: "New Girl"

    Although the adorkable Zooey Deschanel scored an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination, the fall season's new breakout hit wasn't nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. It's a mild surprise, although other strong, more seasoned shows like "Louie" and "Parks & Rec" were left out too, so the "New Girl" cast shouldn't be too upset.

  • Snub: Nick Offerman, "Parks & Recreation"

    Nick Offerman was supposed to co-host the Emmy nominations announcement ceremony, but maybe it's better that travel problems prevented him from getting to Los Angeles. Both Offerman's show, and his own performance as fan-favorite Ron Swanson, were snubbed, two of the more egregious oversights in this year's nominations.

  • Snub: Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope"

    Plimpton was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series last year, but she was bumped out of the category in 2012 by newcomers like Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham.

  • Snub: Rose Byrne, "Damages"

    Byrne has twice been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her "Damages" role as Ellen Parsons, but with two nominees each this year from "The Good Wife" and "Downton Abbey," there wasn't much room left for Byrne to score another ... even in "Damages" final season.

  • Surprise: Uma Thurman, "Smash"

    Let her be your star? With an appearance in the latter half of the first season of "Smash," Thurman's performance as the high-maintenance Broadway actress Rebecca Duvall made quite an impact ... apparently.

  • Surprise: Merrit Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

    "Nurse Jackie" star Wever, who also starred on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," has played bubbly student nurse Zoey (and comic foil to Emmy winner Edie Falco's titular character) for four seasons now. But this is her first nomination, which is a pleasant surprise.

  • Surprise: Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"

    Former "Blossom" star Bialik got some major TV credit this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category for "The Big Bang Theory." Though Jim Parsons is an Emmy favorite, she wasn't a lock for many (if any) Emmy experts.

  • Surprise: Max Greenfield, "New Girl"

    His character may not be easy-going, but Max Greenfield's portrayal of the ever-comical Schmidt got quite a bit of attention this year, and not just among "New Girl" fans. Long live Schmidt!

  • Surprise: Martha Plimpton, "The Good Wife"

    Plimpton may have been snubbed for her role on "Raising Hope," but she wasn't forgotten about completely. She nabbed a nomination for her guest role on "The Good Wife" in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category, which was surprising, considering she normally specializes in comedy.

  • Surprise: Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

    Considering NBC canceled the legal dramedy in May, not many expected to see "Harry's Law" star Kathy Bates up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.

  • Surprise: Jimmy Kimmel, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

    "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has been on the air for 10 years without being nominated for an Emmy, so it was surprising (and, ahem, coincidental) that the show was nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in the year that Kimmel just so happened to be hosting the ceremony. It was entirely fitting that he accepted the nomination in his PJs.

  • Surprise: Jason Ritter, "Parenthood"

    Ritter, who plays a high school teacher and Lauren Graham's on-screen younger boyfriend on "Parenthood," was nominated for Outstanding Guest Star in a Drama, which was a pleasant surprise for fans of the Little Show That Could.

  • Surprise: Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"

    Though Kristen Wiig has earned an Emmy nomination before for "Saturday Night Live," Hader earned his first nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his seventh season of "SNL."

  • Surprise: Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"

    Betty White wasn't nominated for "Hot in Cleveland," but the lovable small screen mainstay did surprisingly earn a nomination for "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" in the Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program category.

  • Surprise: Ashley Judd, "Missing"

    It's rare to see anyone nominated for a freshman show that's already been canceled, but Ashley Judd was nonetheless nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her work in "Missing."

  • Surprise: Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

    PBS has seen a great deal of critical success in the past two years thanks to "Downton Abbey," but Maggie Smith's performance mainly dominated the cast accolades. Now, Bonneville's nomination for his portrayal of Robert Crawley has launched him in to TV stardom.

  • Surprise: Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

    As a maid at Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggatt's spectacular performance on the series has often been overlooked -- until now. Froggatt's portrayal of the kind, hard-working Anna Smith came as a pleasant surprise to 'Downton' lovers everywhere.

  • Surprise: Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

    Karen McClusky has a love-hate relationship with the housewives of Wisteria Lane, but Joosten played her well on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." Despite the fact that her character didn't lives to see the series' end and Joosten passed away in June as well, the late actress was surprisingly able to nab an Emmy nomination for her performance.

  • Surprise: Don Cheadle, "House Of Lies"

    Don Cheadle is a great actor who made the jump from film to TV in 2012, but his nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series still came as something of a surprise. "House Of Lies" had a solid debut, but didn't blow viewers away. Cheadle's acting pedigree landed him a nomination in one of the Emmy's most prestigious categories anyway.

  • Surprise: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

    It was a pleasant surprise to see Anna Gunn get recognized for her work as Skyler White on "Breaking Bad" in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. Bryan Cranston has gotten so much critical acclaim that it's easy to forget about how much balance and quiet strength Gunn's character brings to "Breaking Bad."

  • Surprise: Jared Harris, "Mad Men"

    Known as the comical British guy before Season 5 of "Mad Men," Jared Harris went out with a bang this season when his character Lane Pryce hung himself in his office. Although his performance was heart-wrenching, the fact that it earned him an Emmy nomination came as a bit of a surprise.

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  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

    Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl" Lena Dunham, "Girls" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Tina Fey, "30 Rock" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly" Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

    Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" Louis CK, "Louie" Jon Cryer, "Two and A Half Men" Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

    Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie" Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

    Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" Max Greenfield, "New Girl" Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

    Elizabeth Banks, "30 Rock" Kathy Bates, "Two and A Half Men" Margaret Cho, "30 Rock" Dot-Marie Jones, "Glee" Melissa McCarthy, "Saturday Night Live" Maya Rudolph, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

    Will Arnett, "30 Rock" Bobby Cannavale, "Nurse Jackie" Jimmy Fallon, "Saturday Night Live" Michael J. Fox, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Jon Hamm, "30 Rock" Greg Kinnear, "Modern Family"

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

    "The Big Bang Theory" "Curb Your Enthusiasm" "Girls" "Modern Family" "30 Rock" "Veep"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

    Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" Glenn Close, "Damages" Claire Danes, "Homeland" Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey" Juilianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama

    Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey" Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Damien Lewis, "Homeland"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

    Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" Joanna Froggatt, "Downton Abbey" Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

    Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad" Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey" Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey" Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" Jared Harris, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

    Joan Cusack, "Shameless" Loretta Devine, "Grey's Anatomy" Martha Plimpton, "The Good Wife" Julia Ormond, "Mad Men" Jean Smart, "Harry's Law" Uma Thurman, "Smash"

  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

    Dylan Baker, "The Good Wife" Jeremy Davies, "Justified" Ben Feldman, "Mad Men" Michael J. Fox, "The Good Wife" Mark Margolis, "Breaking Bad" Jason Ritter, "Parenthood"

  • Outstanding Drama Series

    "Boardwalk Empire" "Breaking Bad" "Downton Abbey" "Game of Thrones" "Homeland" "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Connie Britton, "American Horror Story" Ashley Judd, "Missing" Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" Julianne Moore, "Game Change" Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys" Benedict Cumberbactch, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece" Idris Elba, "Luther" Woody Harrelson, "Game Change" Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys" Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story" Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story" Sarah Paulson, "Game Change" Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys" Judy Davis, "Page Eight (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys" Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)" Ed Harris, "Game Change" Denis O'Hare, "American Horror Story" David Strathairn, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

  • Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

    "American Horror Story" "Game Change" "Hatfields & McCoys" "Hemingway & Gellhorn" "Luther" "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" "The Colbert Report" "Real Time with Bill Maher" "Saturday Night Live" "Jimmy Kimmel Live" "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

  • Outstanding Reality - Competition Program

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

  • Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

    Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"

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