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'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published July 10, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Updated July 10, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

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This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series.

Emmy nominations

Best comedy series: “The Big Bang Theory”; “Louie”; “Modern Family”; “Orange Is the New Black”; “Silicon Valley”; "Veep."



Best drama series: “Breaking Bad”; “Downton Abbey”; “Game of Thrones”; “House of Cards”; “Mad Men”; “True Detective.”



Best actor in a TV drama series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"; Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards."



Best actress in a TV drama series: Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Julianne Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards".



Best actor in a TV comedy series:Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”; Louis C.K., “Louie"; Ricky Gervais, “Ricky”; William H. Macy, “Shameless.”



Best actress in a TV comedy series: Lena Dunham, “Girls”; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”; Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep.”



Best miniseries:“American Horror Story: Coven”; “Bonnie and Clyde”; “Fargo”; “Luther”; “Treme”; “The White Queen.”



Best TV movie:“Killing Kennedy”; “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”; “The Normal Heart”; “Sherlock: His Last Vow”; “The Trip to Bountiful.”



Best actor in a miniseries or movie:Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”; Martin Freeman, "Fargo"; Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow."



Best actress in a miniseries or movie:Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”; Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”; Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"; Minnie Driver, "Return to Zero"; Kristen Wiig, "The Spoils of Babylon"; Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful."



Best reality-competition program:“The Amazing Race”; “Dancing With the Stars”; “Project Runway”; “So You Think You Can Dance”; “Top Chef”; “The Voice.”



Best variety series:“The Colbert Report”; “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live”; “Real Time With Bill Maher”; “Saturday Night Live”; “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

LOS ANGELES — The fantasy saga Game of Thrones emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

The meth kingpin drama Breaking Bad was next in line with 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, Fargo, with 18 bids, and American Horror Story: Coven, with 17. The AIDS drama The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

In the competitive best-drama series category, Game of Thrones will compete with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective.

Netflix's House of Cards, which made a breakthough last year as the first online series nominated for a major award, has the chance again to grab Emmy gold.

True Detective, the dark-hearted Southern drama that starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was entered in the series category although it had a close-ended story and its stars have indicated they don't plan on returning.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Seth Meyers and airing live on NBC.

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