This year’s nominations mark a continuance in critical favor of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk horror drama. Last year’s American Horror Story: Murder House was also nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards, but only took home two.
Last year, American Horror Story was only matched by Mad Men in Emmy nominations. This year’s American Horror Story: Asylum has no peer.
American Horror Story is described as an anthology series, meaning that each season has s different setting and different cast of characters. Each season doesn’t even necessarily share the same continuity/universe, but many of the same actors return to play different roles each year.
Season 2 of American Horror Story is subtitled Asylum, and follows a mental institution in 1964 and the various patients, doctors and nuns who occupy it.
Second place behind American Horror Story: Asylum is Game of Thrones with 16 nominations, while Saturday Night Live and the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra earned 15 nods each, including one for each of its stars, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
This year’s Emmy nominations were announced by Aaron Paul (who won previously for Breaking Bad) and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Emmy ceremony will air Sept. 22 on CBS.
What do you think of American Horror Story: Asylum leading this year’s Emmy Awards? Did you watch the critically-acclaimed FX show? Sound off!