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Emmy Award Nominations 2014: 'Game of Thrones' Leads Pack With 19 Bids

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In this March 18, 2014 file photo, (L-R) Emilia Clarke, Richard Plepler, Peter Dinklage, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson and Michael Lombardo attend the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City.

By    |   Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 08:11 AM

The Emmy Award nominations for 2014 were announced Thursday and, with an astounding 19 bids, it's clear that fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" is the show to beat.

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, The Associated Press reported.

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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.

The Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

Here is a list of the nominees in the top categories (view a full list here):

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

"Breaking Bad
"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"True Detective"
"House of Cards
"
"Mad Men"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal
"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad
"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom
"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men
"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards
"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
"Big Bang Theory"
"Louie"
"Modern Family"
"Orange Is the New Black
"
"Silicon Valley
"
"Veep"

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Louis CK, "Louie
"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes
"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"

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The Emmy Award nominations for 2014 were announced Thursday and, with an astounding 19 bids, it's clear that fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" is the show to beat.
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