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65th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations: ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead the Pack

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Nominations for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, with American Horror Story, Game of Thrones and Behind the Candelabra leading the pack with the most nominations.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris announced 12 of the nominations in North Hollywood before the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released the complete list of nominations.

One of the big stories coming out of the nominations is Kerry Washington’s historic nomination. The Scandal star is only the fifth African-American actress to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the first in 18 years.

Netflix’s House of Cards also made history. The Kevin Spacey-fronted drama is the first series to receive top nominations for an online program, having never aired on broadcast networks or cable. “The fact that there’s been so much talk about whether the series would break through, would the Academy be able to recognize a series being discovered in such a new way, the fact that we not only did that but that we got nine nominations is an incredible acknowledgement of the work we’ve done,” said Kevin Spacey to Variety.

Below is a select list of nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling
Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
George Mastras, Breaking Bad • Dead Freight
Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad • Say My Name
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey • Episode 4
D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game Of Thrones • The Rains Of Castamere
Henry Bromell, Homeland • Q&A

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
The Bible • HISTORY • LightWorkers Media and Hearst Productions for History
Phil Spector • HBO • Levinson/Fontana Productions in association with HBO Films
Political Animals • USA • Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television
Top Of The Lake • Sundance Channel • A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC Two, Sundance Channel, UKTV and BBC Worldwide

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston • Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Hugh Bonneville • Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Damian Lewis • Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Kevin Spacey • House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Jon Hamm • Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Jeff Daniels • The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Vera Farmiga • Bates Motel • A&E • Universal Television, Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions
Michelle Dockery • Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Claire Danes • Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
Robin Wright • House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Elisabeth Moss • Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Connie Britton • Nashville • ABC • ABC Studios
Kerry Washington • Scandal • ABC • ABC Studios

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game Of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

For a complete list of nominees, click [pdf url=”http://tvsourcemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2013-noms-Press-Release.pdf”]here[/pdf] .

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sunday, September 22 at 8 PM/EST on CBS.

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