HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on Thursday morning dominated the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards with 19, including best drama series, while FX’s quirky miniseries “Fargo” following behind with 18 nods.
It means that one of the most exciting races of the Emmy Awards will be in the best drama series category, with “Game of Thrones” facing off with “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “True Detective,” “House of Cards” and “Mad Men,” which all also earned Emmy nominations on Thursday morning.
In the best comedy series category, four-time winner “Modern Family” goes up against fellow veterans “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie” and “Veep” and newcomers “Silicon Valley” and “Orange Is the New Black,” which led the pack with 12 nominations, including lead actress for Taylor Schilling.
“Breaking Bad” – the acclaimed series that ended its run last September – earned a total of 16 nominations, including nods for actor for Bryan Cranston and supporting actor for Aaron Paul.
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Netflix was well represented in the Emmy nominations Thursday morning. Along with “Orange Is the New Black,” the streaming service’s political drama, “House of Cards,” earned 13 nominations, including its second best drama series nomination, and acting nods for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
The freshman police drama “True Detective” also performed well, with 12 nominations, including acting nods for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
“American Horror: Coven” picked up 17 nominations, including best miniseries and best actress in a movie or miniseries for Jessica Lange. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” garnered the most nominations for a TV movie, with 16 nods, including one for its lead actor, Mark Ruffalo.
The Emmy Awards, which will be hosted by comedian Seth Meyers of NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” will take place Aug. 25 and will be telecast live on NBC from Nokia Theatre.
The nominations were announced by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly from the Television Academy in North Hollywood.