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‘Game of Thrones’ gets 19 Emmy nominations

The series 'Game Thrones' garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations Thursday July 10 2014 including one for best dramseries. | AP

The series "Game of Thrones" garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. | AP Photo

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Updated: July 10, 2014 5:01PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for genre 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 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin drama “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and 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 “Game of Thrones” can take home the top trophy is another question: Only one genre series, “Lost,” has ever captured it, according to Tom O’Neil, author of “The Emmys” and organizer of the Gold Derby awards site.

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.

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.

Nominees for best actress in a television drama series are 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.”

Nominees for best actor in a television drama series are 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.”

Nominees for best actor in a miniseries or a movie are Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Fargo”; Martin Freeman, “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton, “Luther”; Idris Elba, “Luther”; Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow.”

Nominees for best actresss in a miniseries or a movie are 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.”

Nominees for best actor in a comedy series are Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”; Ricky Gervais, “Derek”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies”; Louis C.K., “Louie”; William H. Macy, “Shameless.”

Nominees for best actress in a comedy series are 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.”

The nominees for best reality show competition are “The Amazing Race”; “Dancing With The Stars”; “Project Runway”; “The Voice”; “So You Think You Can Dance”; and “Top Chef.”

The nominees for best variety series are 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.”

The nominees for best television movie are “Killing Kennedy”; Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”; The Normal Heart”: “Sherlock: His Last Vow”; “The Trip To Bountiful.”

The nominees for best comedy series are “The Big Bang Theory”; “Louie”; Modern Family”; Orange Is The New Black”; Silicon Valley”; Veep.”

Nominees for best drama series are “Breaking Bad”; “Downton Abbey”; “Game Of Thrones”; House Of Mad Men”; True Detective.”

Nominees for best supporting actor in a drama series are Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad”; Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”; Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones”; Josh Charles, The Good Wife”; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland”; Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan.”

Nominees for best supporting actress in a drama series are Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”; Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”; Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”; Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”; Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”; Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men.”

Nominees for best guest actor in a drma series are Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”; Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”; Reg E. Cathey, “House Of Cards”; Robert Morse, “Mad Men”; Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”; Joe Morton, “Scandal.”

Nominees for best supporting actor in a comedy series are Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; Adam Driver, Girls”; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family”; Ty Burrell, Modern Family”; Fred Armisen”; Tony Hale”; Veep.”

Nominees for best supporting actress in a comedy series are Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”; Allison Janney, “Mom”; Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is The New Black”; Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live,” “Anna Chlumsky, “Veep.”

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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