19 July 2012 9:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As expected, HBO, which is challenging the Hollywood studios with its smart programming, luring away both talent and audiences from the big screen, dominated the 64th Emmy nominations, for the 12th year in a row. This time they nabbed 81, led by movie star two-hander "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (15 nominations). I'm not the only cinephile who would rather stare at “Boardwalk Empire” or “Game Change” (which both received 12 nominations) or “Game Of Thrones” (11 Nnminations) or Martin Scorsese music biodoc “George Harrison: Living in the Material World" (6 nominations) or "Girls" (5 nominations), for which the magnificent Lena Dunham earned nominations for comedy writing, directing and acting, than go out to most movies. The Primetime Emmy® Awards will be announced Sept. 23. The full list of Emmy nominations is here. HBO’s Emmy® nominations this year »

- Anne Thompson

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