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Emmys 2009: Main nominations

Tom Courtenay in Little Dorrit
Tom Courtenay is up for a best supporting actor prize for Little Dorrit

The nominations for the Primetime Emmy awards 2009 have been announced. Here are the leading contenders:

Outstanding comedy series
Family Guy
Flight Of The Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
30 Rock

Outstanding drama series
Big Love
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Actor in a comedy
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)

Actress in a comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures Of Old Christine)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Toni Collette (United States Of Tara)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

Michael C Hall
Michael C Hall is nominated for his performance in Dexter

Actor in a drama
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)

Actress in a drama
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)

Supporting actor in a drama
William Shatner (Boston Legal)
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
William Hurt (Damages)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

Supporting actress in a drama
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment)
Hope Davis (In Treatment)
Cherry Jones (24)

Supporting actor in a comedy
Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen is nominated for the film version of the RSC's production of King Lear

Supporting actress in a comedy
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)

Outstanding mini-series
Generation Kill
Little Dorrit

Actor in a mini-series/TV movie
Kevin Kline (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm)
Sir Ian McKellen (King Lear)
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
Kiefer Sutherland (24)
Kenneth Branagh (Wallander)

Actress in a mini-series/TV movie
Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship)
Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel)
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)
Sigourney Weaver (Prayers For Bobby)

Supporting actor in a mini-series/TV movie
Ken Howard (Grey Gardens)
Len Cariou (Into The Storm)
Bob Newhart (The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice)
Tom Courtenay (Little Dorrit)
Andy Serkis (Little Dorrit)

Supporting actress in a mini-series/TV movie
Marcia Gay Harden (The Courageous Heart Of Irena)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Grey Gardens )
Shohreh Aghdashloo (House Of Saddam)
Janet McTeer (Into The Storm)
Cicely Tyson (Relative Stranger)

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