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LOS ANGELES — The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announced Thursday herald the early start of awards season, a signal to those vying for red-carpet placement to get into gear.

Actresses such as Tina Fey, Holly Hunter, Glenn Close and Kyra Sedgwick again scored nominations and fashion-oriented made-for-TV films and shows such as “Grey Gardens,” “Coco Chanel” and “Mad Men” also made the list.

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Although the audiences for awards shows have been declining, CBS will heavily promote its Emmys broadcast, and the fashion industry will do its part to try to satisfy red-carpet watchers. Even amid an economic downturn, dressing celebrities for a photo op remains a priority for many designers.

Veteran nominees such as Mary-Louise Parker, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vanessa Williams have mastered the art of parading down the press lines in glamorous gowns, but the lookout will be on for a breakout sartorial star such as first-time nominee Rose Byrne.

The show will be broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live complex at 8 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?” ABC
Toni Collette, “United States Of Tara,” Showtime
Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” CBS
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds,” Showtime
Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program,” Comedy Central

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX Networks
Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters,” ABC
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC
Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace,” TNT
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer, TNT

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens,” HBO
Jessica Lange, “Grey Gardens,” HBO
Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel,” Lifetime
Sigourney Weaver, “Prayers for Bobby,” Lifetime
Chandra Wilson, “Accidental Friendship,” Hallmark Channel

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth, “Pushing Daisies,” ABC
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock,” NBC
Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds,” Showtime
Amy Poehler, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty,” ABC

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Rose Byrne, “Damages,” FX
Hope Davis, “In Treatment,” HBO
Cherry Jones, “24,” FOX
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC
Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment,” HBO
Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Marcia Gay Harden, “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” CBS
Jeanne Tripplehorn, “Grey Gardens,” HBO
Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Saddam,” HBO
Janet McTeer, “Into the Storm,” HBO
Cicely Tyson, “Relative Stranger,” Hallmark Channel

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Jennifer Aniston, “30 Rock,” NBC
Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock,” NBC
Gena Rowlands, “Monk,” USA
Betty White, “My Name Is Earl,” NBC

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Brenda Blethyn, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC
Carol Burnett, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC
Ellen Burstyn, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC
Sharon Lawrence, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC
CCH Pounder, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” HBO

Costumes for a Series
“Mad Men,” AMC
“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” HBO
“Pushing Daisies,” ABC
“The Tudors,” Showtime
“Ugly Betty,” ABC

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