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Did House's Hugh Laurie Go Too Far to Snag an Emmy Nomination?

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Going into today, Hugh Laurie had been nominated five times (and lost five times) for Emmy's Lead Drama-Series Actor prize.

The House star was hard to miss this past season—especially in the car-crashing, home-smashing season finale.

Um, too much?

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Just right, Emmy voters said.

Laurie was back in the game as nominations were announced today for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

"I'm very excited," the star said in a statement. "This time I'm going to put a whole rabbit on my keychain."

In a wide open Lead Drama-Series Actor race, Laurie will need all the luck he can get. His chief competition arguably will come from Mad Men's Jon Hamm, who's also got the whole, isn't-it-about-time-he-won thing going for him.  

The other nominees: Timothy Olyphant, who broke into the field with Justified; Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi; Dexter's Michael C. Hall; and, Friday Night Light's Kyle Chandler, giving it one last shot as Coach Taylor.

Bryan Cranston, who owned the category for the past three years, was a no-show because Breaking Bad was a no-show last season, too.

The defending champ's also out of the Lead Drama-Series Actress race, as The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick failed to gain reentry.

In Sedgwick's place are The Killing's newcomer, Mireille Enos, and a bunch of familiar faces: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss; Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton; Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay; The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies; and Harry's Law's Kathy Bates.

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks is among the supporting-actress hopefuls; Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage has a spot in the supporting-actor field—he's the only star from the much-nominated freshman series to be recognized. 

Elsewhere, Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo, fresh from her Oscar win, are all nominated in the miniseries/TV-movie categories for the Depression Era Mildred Pierce.

Michael J. Fox will contend for a guest-actor Emmy for a stint on The Good Wife.

Martin Scorsese snagged a drama-series directing nod for helming the pilot of Boardwalk Empire.

(Originally published July 14, 2011, at 6:28 a.m. PT)

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