One of the stories coming out the 2012 Emmy nominations released today is the rock star performance of Showtime’s rookie drama Homeland. The series was expected to get a lot of love after taking the crown at the Golden Globes earlier this year for Best Television Drama, so this is not too big of a surprise. In fact, most of the nominations directly mirror the ones received by HFPA as the terrorism-driven program received recognition in all the categories that count.
Once again, Claire Danes is a candidate for top lead actress in a drama for her role as bipolar CIA operative Carrie Mathison. A Golden Globe victory back in January makes her the heavy favorite in the category that includes the likes of Glenn Close (Damages,) Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife,) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men.) It also helps that her material is that of an Academy Award nominee which Emmy voters always admire.
Also receiving another big nomination is Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) for his role as American POW turned domestic terrorist Nicholas Brody. He did not win the Golden Globe like his co-star, but no one would be too surprised if he walks out of the Emmy’s with the win. His competition is a bit stiffer than Danes’ though as also nominated in the category are Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire,) Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad,) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men.)
Remaining recognition includes that for Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, and Writing. A slew of low-profile production nominations are also thrown Homelands’ way which brings the series’ tally to nine–the most ever for a first-year Showtime series.
Find out how Homeland does at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards when the ceremony airs live on Sunday, September 23.