Game Of Thrones, American Horror Story Lead Emmy Nominations, Orphan Black Snubbed

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Nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning and genre favorites Game of Thrones and American Horror Story: Coven lead the pack. Thrones landed the most nominations WITH 19—including Best Drama. The third cycle of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series scored 17 nods.

The freshman series Fargo, an adaptation of the Coen Brothes film, was a surprise winner with 18 noms, including two for Billy Bob Thorton and Martin Freeman in Lead Actor in a Miniseries.

Other less-surprising nominations include Breaking Bad, True Detectives Downton Abbey, Mad Men House of Cards and Modern Family,which now has a chance to tie for most Best Comedy Series wins. (The record,  five, is currently held by NBC’s Frasier.)

The Normal Heart_ Tease (HBO Films) 000034;12Of interest to LGBT viewers, HBO’s acclaimed adaptation of The Normal Heart was nominated for Best Movie, with lead Mark Ruffalo (left) scoring a nod as well.

Orange is the New Black landed a nod for Best Comedy—with Laverne Cox becoming the first trans actress nominated for an Emmy.

Andre Braugher, who plays gay police chief Ray Holt on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, scored a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy nom. And out actors Jim Parsons (Normal Heart, The Big Bang Theory), Kate McKinnon (SNL), Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night), Matt Bomer (Normal Heart), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) Joe Mantello (Normal Heart) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) all received nominations, as well.

There were, of course, some upsets—Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany was a critics favorite for Lead Actress in a Drama Series but got not love. And, once again, RuPaul’s Drag Race was snubbed in the Reality Competition category.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmys air Aug. 25 on NBC.

Check out the full list of nominees below

Drama series
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abby, PBS
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC
True Detective, HBO

orange-is-the-new-black-trailerComedy series
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
Veep, HBO

Actor, drama series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Woody Harrelson, True Detective (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actress, drama series
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Kerry Washington, Scandal (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Actor, comedy series
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, Derek (Netflix)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy series
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
veepEdie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Supporting actor, drama series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actress, drama series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor, comedy series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Fred Armisen, Portlandia (IFC)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

kate mckinnon SNL ellen degeneres saturday night liveSupporting actress, comedy
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (pictured)
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven (pictured)
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Allison Tolman, Fargo

bomer-normal-heartSupporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart

Reality competition
The Amazing Race, CBS
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
Top Chef, Bravo
The Voice, NBC

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty on Sherlock Series Two Finale The Reichenbach Fall 5Actor, miniseries or movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge (Starz)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, Fargo (FX)
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

Actress, miniseries or movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bounty (Lifetime)
Kristen Wiig, Spoils of Babylon (IFC)

American Horror Story: Coven, FX
Fargo, FX
Luther, BBC America
Bonnie & Clyde, A&E
Treme, HBO
The White Queen, Starz

Killing Kennedy, National Geographic Channel
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO
The Normal Heart, HBO
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime

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The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC

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