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Nation & World

Emmy nominations led by 'Game of Thrones'

LOS ANGELES – 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.

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.

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."

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 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.

Full List of Emmy nominees:

Best Comedy Series

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Louis"

"Modern Family"

"Orange Is the New Black"

"Silicon Valley"

"Veep"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"

Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"

Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"

Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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"

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, "Brookiyn Nine-Nine"

Adam Driver, "Girls"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

Fred Armisen, "Portlandia"

Tony Hale, "Veep"

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

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"

Best Drama Series

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"House of Cards"

"Mad Men"

"True Detective"

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kerry Washington, "Scandal"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Best Actor in a 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"

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

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"

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"

Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Best Miniseries or Movie

"American Horror Story: Coven"

"Bonnie & Clyde"

"Fargo"

"Luther"

"Treme"

"The White Queen"

Best Actress 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 Bountiful"

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Luther"

Martin Freeman, "Fargo"

Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks, "Fargo"

Jim Parsons, "The Normal Heart"

Joe Mantello, "The Normal Heart"

Alfred Molina, "The Normal Heart"

Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"

Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Angela Bassett, "American Horror Story: Coven"

Allison Tolman, "Fargo"

Ellen Burstyn, "Flowers In the Attic"

Julia Roberts, "The Normal Heart"

Outstanding Animated Program

"Archer"

"Bob's Burgers"

"Futurama"

"South Park"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project"

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars"

Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night"

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, "Project Runway"

Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Anthony Bourdain, "The Taste"

Reality-Competition Program

"Cosmos" A SpaceTime Odyssey"

"The Oscars"

"Portlandia"

"Saturday Night Live"

"Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony"

"The Voice"

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"

Children's Program

"Degrassi"

"Dog with a Blog"

"Good Luck Charlie"

"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home"

"One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp"

"Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass"

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