Washington Shows Sweep the 2012 Emmy Nominations

“Game Change,” “Homeland,” and “Veep” scored 24 nominations total.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Judging by yesterday’s Emmy nominations, the love affair between television and Washington won’t be faltering anytime soon. The last year alone saw the debut of four new Washington shows (remember the ill-fated The Firm?), and two of them scored big, with Showtime’s Homeland receiving nine nominations—the most for a freshman show this year. HBO’s Veep picked up three nods, including two of the most important: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer. The oft-overlooked Kennedy Center Honors got four nods this year*.

The biggest winner of the day, though, was Game Change, HBO’s adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book about the 2008 presidential campaign, which received 12 nominations in total. Written by Danny Strong and co-produced by Tom Hanks, the 90-minute movie focused solely on the book’s McCain-Palin chapters, with stellar performances by Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain, and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt (all three scored Emmy nominations, as did Sarah Paulson for her role as Nicolle Wallace).

It’s worth noting, however, that despite having a writing team that includes Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, and Tony Roche, Veep didn’t receive a nomination in the Writing for a Comedy Series category (but hey, it had to compete with Girls, Parks and Recreation, and Louie). Both Homeland and Veep have been picked up for a second season, and Homeland returns to Showtime in the fall.

What does this mean for TV? Presumably that we’ll see a flood of yet more Washington shows go into development. USA currently has Political Animals, about a female Secretary of State who’s not at all dissimilar to Hillary Clinton, while ABC has Scandal. David Fincher and Kevin Spacey are currently hard at work on Netflix’s new Washington show, House of Cards. Despite the fact that none of these shows are actually filmed here, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of new Washington shows appear in 2013 and beyond—and how many of them are filmed in Baltimore.

Our list of the nominations for Washington shows is below. For a full list of nominees, go to emmys.tv.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland

Outstanding Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors

Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes in Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Damian Lewis in Homeland

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Game Change

Lead Actress in a Miniseries: Julianne Moore in Game Change

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Woody Harrelson in Game Change

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Sarah Paulson in Game Change

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris in Game Change

Directing for a Drama series: Michael Cuesta for Homeland

Writing for a Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff for Homeland

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach for Game Change

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Danny Strong for Game Change

Casting for a Comedy Series: Allison Jones, Pat Moran, and Jennifer Euston for Veep

Casting for a Drama Series: Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon, and Lisa Mae Fincannon for Homeland

Casting for Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: David Rubin, Richard Hicks, Pat Moran, and Kathleen Chopin for Game Change

Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie: Jim Denault, ASC, for Game Change

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series: Jordan Goldman and David Latham, Homeland

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie: Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E., for Game Change

Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Theodore Shapiro for Game Change

Music Direction: Rob Berman and Rob Mathes for the Kennedy Center Honors

Original Main Title Theme Music: Sean Callery for Homeland

Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour): Larry Long, Nello Torri, Alan Decker, and Larold Rebhun for Homeland

Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie: David MacMillan, Leslie Shatz, and Gabriel J. Serrano for Game Change

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie, or  Special: The Kennedy Center Honors

*This post has been updated from a previous version.