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‘Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominees

  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

    This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

    This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

  • This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)

    This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)

  • This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)

    This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

  • This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

    This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

  • This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

    This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

  • FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS,  Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)

    FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)

  • FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS,  Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)

    FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)

  • This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

    This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

  • This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

    This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)

  • This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

    This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

  • This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

    This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 photo, actor Idris Elba poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Elba was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in "Luther," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

    In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 photo, actor Idris Elba poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif. Elba was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in "Luther," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

  • FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)

    FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)

  • FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)

    FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)

  • This publicity image released by Starz shows  Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)

    This publicity image released by Starz shows Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)

  • This publicity image released by Starz shows  Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)

    This publicity image released by Starz shows Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)

  • This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)

    This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)

  • This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)

    This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)

  • This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)

    This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)

  • This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)

    This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)

  • Table showing nominees in top categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmys, to be awarded Aug. 25. MCT 2014<p><br/><br/>With EMMYS, by MCT<br/><br/>

    Table showing nominees in top categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmys, to be awarded Aug. 25. MCT 2014



    With EMMYS, by MCT

  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

    This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)
  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)
  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
  • This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)
  • This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
  • This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
  • This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
  • FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS,  Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)
  • FILE - In this undated file publicity image released by PBS,  Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Cumberbatch was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for "Sherlock: His Last Vow," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, File)
  • This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
  • This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
  • This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)
  • This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)
  • In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 photo, actor Idris Elba poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Elba was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in "Luther," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
  • FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)
  • FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” Schilling was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a comedy series on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Barbara Nitke, File)
  • This publicity image released by Starz shows  Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)
  • This publicity image released by Starz shows  Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)
  • This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)
  • This image released by HBO shows Melissa Leo, right, and India Ennega in a scene from "Treme," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)
  • This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)
  • This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)
  • Table showing nominees in top categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmys, to be awarded Aug. 25. MCT 2014<p><br/><br/>With EMMYS, by MCT<br/><br/>
  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right 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. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

Los Angeles — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, Fargo, with 18 nods, and American Horror Story: Coven, with 17. The AIDS drama The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale Breaking Bad got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare. This year’s Academy Awards best-actor winner Matthew McConaughey ( Dallas Buyers Club ) and nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor ( 12 Years a Slave ) are both nominees for TV projects, as is past Oscar winner Julia Roberts.

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.

Whether HBO’s Game of Thrones can take home the top trophy is another question: Only one fantasy or sci-fi series, Lost, has ever captured it, according to Tom O’Neil, author of The Emmys and organizer of the Gold Derby awards site.

Snubbed in the category was The Good Wife, despite a season that was both critically acclaimed and gasp-inducing for the sudden, violent death of character Will Gardner (Josh Charles).

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

Orange is the New Black, also from Netflix, leaped that barrier on the flip side this time around with a bid for best comedy series, along with a nod for star Taylor Schilling.

Also competing for best comedy honors are The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Silicon Valley, Veep and Modern Family, a four-time winner that has the chance to tie Frasier as the all-time winning sitcom with one more award.

Orange is the New Black, a prison-set hybrid “dramedy,” could have been entered in either the drama or comedy category, and the decision to go for the latter paid off. Not so for Shameless, a onetime drama contender that tried for better luck on the comedy side but failed to get a top bid.

Another category-buster is True Detective, the dark-hearted Southern drama that starred McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It was entered in the series category although it had a close-ended story and its stars have indicated they don’t plan on returning for the show’s second season.

But the crime anthology qualifies as a series because of the “created by” credit given to Nic Pizzolatto by the Writers Guild of America, said John Leverence, the TV academy’s senior vice president for awards. That credit serves as a “marker” to help determine a program’s first-year Emmy categorization, which can be ambiguous, Leverence said.

McConaughey and Harrelson both will vie for best drama actor honors, along with four-time winner Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, who won the Emmy last year.

Nominees in the lead actress drama category are last year’s winner, Homeland star Claire Danes along with Lizzy Caplan for Masters of Sex, Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Kerry Washington for Scandal and Robin Wright for House of Cards.

“I’m crazy grateful that the TV Academy has acknowledged our show in these ways,” Washington said in a statement, giving a shoutout to fellow Scandal nominees Joe Morton and Kate Burton. They were recognized in the guest actor and actress categories. For comedy series, the lead actor nods went to Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Louis C.K. for Louie, Ricky Gervais for Derek, Matt LeBlanc for Episodes, William H. Macy for Shameless and Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory. Parsons won the Emmy last year.

Best actress comedy nominees besides Schilling were Lena Dunham for Girls, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly, Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation and last year’s winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for Veep.

“This list of nominees would also be the list for the best dinner party in history,” Girls creator and star Dunham said in a statement, dubbing them “fierce and funny women.”

With a resurgence of so-called long-form drama, the TV academy separated the best movie and miniseries categories that had been combined for several years because of scant entries. The acting categories, however, remain a mix of the two.

In the miniseries category, American Horror Story: Coven and Fargo, a riff on the 1996 movie of the same name, will compete with Bonnie & Clyde, Luther, Treme and The White Queen.

Along with The Normal Heart, the TV movie nominees are Killing Kennedy, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) and The Trip to Bountiful.

Roberts is a supporting actress nominee for The Normal Heart. Ejiofor earned a bid for the miniseries Dancing on the Edge.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, on NBC, with emcee Seth Meyers, the former Saturday Night Live player and new NBC late-night host. The ceremony, traditionally held on Sunday, was moved to avoid a conflict with NBC’s Sunday Night Football and with MTV’s Video Music Awards.

HBO received a leading 99 nominations, followed by CBS with 47; NBC, 46; FX Networks, 45; ABC, 37; PBS, 34; Showtime, 24, and Fox, 18.

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