Bryan Cranston has previously won two Emmys for Breaking Bad which premiered in 2008. Nominated for Best Drama Actor, Bryan won in this same category in 2009!
Michael C. Hall, better known as Dexter, is nominated for Best Drama Actor. This isn’t Michael’s first Emmy nomination though, he has previously been nominated for Best Lead Actor in 2008 and 2009.
Glee’s teacher, Mr. Schuester — played by Matthew Morrison — is nominated for Best Comedy Actor. This is Matthew’s first Emmy nomination, but he has a lot to celebrate – Glee was nominated 19 times.
Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife is nominated for Best Drama Actress. The Good Wife is nominated for a total of nine Emmys this year, and Julianna has received a previous Emmy win and multiple nominations from her work on ER!
Actor Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory is nominated for Best Comedy Actor. Although The Big Bang Theory did not pick up any nominations for the show as a whole, this will be Jim’s second nomination for an Emmy.
Actor, writer, and comedian Larry David picked up his second nomination for Best Comedy Actor for Curb Your Enthusiasm. Since the show’s debut in 2000, Curb Your Enthusiasm has been nominated for more than 24 Emmys.
Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is nominated for her role as Olivia Benson in the category of Best Drama Actress. In 2006, Mariska took home an Emmy for this same category!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is nominated for Best Comedy Actress for The New Adventures of Old Christine. Since 2006, Julia has been nominated every year in this category, and she even won in 2006!
A three-time Emmy award winner, Tony Shalhoub is nominated for Best Comedy Actor. Tony has been nominated for eight consecutive years in the same category for Monk.
Glenn Close is nominated for Best Drama Actress for Damages. Glenn has previously won in this category for Damages in 2008 and 2009!
Tina Fey is nominated for four Emmy’s this year, including Best Comedy Actress for 30 Rock. Tina has previously won in this category.
Amy Poehler is nominated for Best Comedy Actress on Parks and Recreation. This is Amy’s second Emmy nomination -– she previously was nominated for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Lea Michele is nominated for Best Comedy Actress for her role as Rachel Berry on Glee. Although Glee is nominated over 19 times, this is Lea’s first nomination!
Jon Hamm from Mad Men is nominated for his third year in a row for Best Drama Actor. Along with his role on Mad Men, Jon is also nominated for a guest spot on 30 Rock!
Alec Baldwin has won Best Comedy Actor for the past two years with his role on 30 Rock. Alec will have another opportunity to take home an Emmy with yet another nomination for this category!
Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights is nominated for her first Emmy in the Best Drama Actress category. Friday Night Lights has been on since 2006, but this is Connie’s first Emmy nomination.
January Jones from the hit show Mad Men is nominated for her role as Betty Draper in the category of Best Drama Actress. This is January’s first Emmy nomination!
Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights is nominated for Best Drama Actor. This is Kyle’s first Emmy nomination for Friday Night Lights, which happens to come with the show’s six nominations this year.
Matthew Fox is nominated for his first Emmy award thanks to the series finale of Lost! Matthew is nominated for Best Drama Actor for his role as Jack Shephard.
Toni Collette is nominated for the United States of Tara for Best Comedy Actress. Last year, Toni won this category!
Edie Falco is nominated for the first time as Nurse Jackie in the Best Comedy Actress category. Although Edie has won previously with The Sopranos (three times!), this is the first time Nurse Jackie met Emmy qualifications (it missed the window last year).
Kyra Sedgwick is nominated for her fifth consecutive year as Best Drama Actress. Kyra plays Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer, which has been on TNT since 2005.
Hugh Laurie, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Night Manager (REX/Shutterstock)