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Northern Ireland filmed HBO series narrowly beats "American Horror Story" and "Fargo." Photo by: HBO

'Game of Thrones' racks up 19 Emmy nominations

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Northern Ireland filmed HBO series narrowly beats "American Horror Story" and "Fargo." Photo by: HBO

The hit fantasy drama series scored the most nods when the shortlist was announced, with 'Fargo' and 'American Horror Story: Coven' following, with 18 and 17 nominations respectively.

'Game of Thrones' nominations include recognition in the Drama Series category - which it will contest with 'Breaking Bad', 'Downton Abbey', 'House of Cards', 'Mad Men' and 'True Detective' - and Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey respectively.

'Fargo' and 'American Horror Story: Coven' will face-off in the miniseries category, along with 'Luther', 'Bonnie & Clyde', 'Treme' and 'The White Queen'.

Elsewhere, the dramatic actor category is likely to be hotly contested, with 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston contesting the prize with Jeff Daniels ('The Newsroom'), Kevin Spacey ('House of Cards'), Jon Hamm ('Mad Men'), Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (both 'True Detective).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be hoping to win her third consecutive comedy actress prize, though the 'Veep' star faces competition from Lena Dunham ('Girls'), Edie Falco ('Nurse Jackie'), Melissa McCarthy ('Mike & Molly'), Amy Poehler ('Parks & Recreation') and Taylor Schilling ('Orange is the New Black').
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on August 25 on NBC.
 
Primetime Emmy Awards list of selected nominations:
 
Drama series:
'Breaking Bad'
'Downton Abbey'
'Game of Thrones'
'House of Cards'
'Mad Men'
'True Detective'
 
Comedy series:
'The Big Bang Theory'
'Louie'
'Modern Family'
'Orange Is the New Black'
'Silicon Valley'
'Veep'
 
Actor, 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'
 
Actress, 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'
 
Actor, comedy series:
Louis C.K., 'Louie'
Don Cheadle, 'House of Lies'
Ricky Gervais, 'Derek'
Matt LeBlanc, 'Episodes'
William H. Macy, 'Shameless'
Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
 
Actress, comedy series:
Lena Dunham, 'Girls'
Edie Falco, Nurse 'Jackie'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike & Molly'
Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation'
Taylor Schilling, 'Orange Is the New Black'
 
Supporting actor, drama series:
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Jim Carter, 'Downton Abbey'
Peter Dinklage, 'Game of Thrones'
Mandy Patinkin, 'Homeland'
Jon Voight, 'Ray Donovan'
Josh Charles, 'The Good Wife'
 
Supporting actress, drama series:
Anna Gunn, 'Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dame Maggie Smith, 'Downton Abbey'
Joanna Froggatt, 'Downton Abbey'
Lena Headey, 'Game of Thrones'
Christina Hendricks, 'Mad Men'
Christine Baranski, 'The Good Wife'
 
Supporting actor, comedy series:
Andre Braugher, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
Adam Driver, 'Girls'
Ty Burrell, 'Modern Family'
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 'Modern Family'
Fred Armisen, 'Portlandia'
Tony Hale, 'Veep'
 
Supporting actress, comedy:
Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'
Allison Janney, 'Mom'
Kate Mulgrew, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Kate McKinnon, 'Saturday Night Live'
Mayim Bialik, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Anna Chlumsky, 'Veep'
 
Actor, miniseries or movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Sherlock: His Last Vow'
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'Dancing on the Edge'
Idris Elba, 'Luther'
Martin Freeman, 'Fargo'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Normal Heart'
Billy Bob Thornton, 'Fargo'
 
Actress, miniseries or movie:
Helena Bonham Carter, 'Burton and Taylor'
Minnie Driver, 'Return to Zero'
Jessica Lange, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Sarah Paulson, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Cicely Tyson, 'The Trip to Bountiful'
Kristen Wiig, 'Spoils of Babylon'
 
Variety
'The Colbert Report'
'The Daily Show'
'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
'Saturday Night Live'
'Real Time With Bill Maher'
'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
 
Reality competition:
'The Amazing Race'
'Dancing With the Stars'
'Project Runway'
'So You Think You Can Dance'
'Top Chef'
'The Voice'
 
Miniseries:
'American Horror Story: Coven'
'Fargo'
'Luther'
'Bonnie & Clyde'
'Treme'
'The White Queen'
 
Movie:
'Killing Kennedy'
'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'
'The Normal Heart'
'Sherlock: His Last Vow'
'Trip to Bountiful'
 
Guest actor, drama series:
Paul Giamatti, 'Downton Abbey'
Reg E. Cathey, 'House of Cards'
Robert Morse, 'Mad Men'
Beau Bridges, 'Masters of Sex'
Joe Morton, 'Scandal'
Dylan Baker, 'The Good Wife'
 
Guest actress, drama series:
Dianna Rigg, 'Game of Thrones'
Kate Mara, 'House of Cards'
Allison Janney, 'Masters of Sex'
Kate Burton, 'Scandal'
Margo Martindale, 'The Americans'
Jane Fonda, 'The Newsroom'
 
Guest actor, comedy series
Nathan Lane, 'Modern Family'
Steve Buscemi, 'Portlandia'
Jimmy Fallon, 'Saturday Night Live'
Louis C.K., 'Saturday Night Live'
Bob Newhart, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Gary Cole, 'Veep'
 
Guest actress, comedy series
Uzo Aduba, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Laverne Cox, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Natasha Lyonne, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Tina Fey, 'Saturday Night Live'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Saturday Night Live'
Joan Cusack, 'Shameless'

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