Taking four each are PBS' 'Downton Abbey' and HBO's 'Mildred Pierce', putting them on the top of the list.
The nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday, December 15 morning by HFPA, assisted by Sofia Vergara, Gerard Butler, Rashida Jones and Woody Harrelson. First category announced was Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie which went to Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Vergara (Modern Family) and Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce).
Next, competing for the Lead Actress in a TV drama series are familiar names such as Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" and Claire Danes of "Homeland". Over at the comedy department, there's "New Girl" Zooey Deschanel competing against Tina Fey of "30 Rock" and last year's winner Laura Linney of "The Big C" among others.
"Game of Thrones" receives nominations in Best Drama Series as well as Supporting Actor in a drama series for Peter Dinklage. "Boardwalk Empire" gets three nods in Best Drama Series, Best TV Actor and Best Supporting Actress in TV.
Overall, the TV nominations are led by "Downton Abbey" and "Mildred Pierce" with four each. Network-wise HBO is the frontrunner with 18 nominations, followed by Showtime with 8.
Winners will be announced in a live broadcast on NBC on January 15, 2012. Ricky Gervais will be back as host and Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecille DeMille Award.
Nomination list in movie.
Best TV Drama
Best TV Comedy or Musical
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Best Actor in a TV Drama
- Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
- Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
- Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
- Jeremy Irons, "The Borgias"
- Kelsey Grammer, "Boss"
Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
- Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
- David Duchovny, "Californication"
- Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
- Thomas Jane, "Hung"
- Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
- Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"
- Idris Elba, "Luther"
- William Hurt, "Too Big To Fail"
- Bill Nighy, "Page Eight"
- Dominic West, "The Hour"
Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
- Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
- Paul Giamatti, "Too Big To Fail"
- Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce"
- Tim Robbins, "Cinema Verite"
- Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Best Actress in a TV Drama
- Claire Danes, "Homeland"
- Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
- Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
- Madeleine Stowe, "Revenge"
- Callie Thorne, "Necessary Roughness"
Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy
- Laura Dern, "Enlightened"
- Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
- Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
- Laura Linney, "The Big C"
- Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
- Romola Garai, "The Hour"
- Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite"
- Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey"
- Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult"
- Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
- Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
- Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
- Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
- Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
- Evan Rachel Wood, "Mildred Pierce"