‘Game of Thrones’ leads this year’s Emmy nominations!

(image: HBO)

(image: HBO)

This morning, in the heart of Hollywood, actress Mindy Kaling and presenter Carson Daly announced the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards.

Though we’re currently living through a Golden Age of Television ™, the Academy has seemingly nominated most of the same shows from last year’s Emmys, with only a handful of new programmes making the short-list. True Detective was the only first season show nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Though the HBO thriller is undoubtedly one of the favourites to win, the presumptive winner remains the triumphant final season of Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaugher, both nominated for Emmys

(image: AMC/HBO)

Likewise, both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were both nominated in the Lead Actor category, where they will be up against three-time winner Bryan Cranston.

It was Game of Thrones, however, that topped the list with 19 nominations. As well as being short-listed for Outstanding Drama Series, there were three nominations for acting (Dinklage, Headey, and Diana Rigg) and a whole raft of nods in writing and technical categories.


In the Comedy Series category, Modern Family has won for the past five years, despite its slowly-decreasing level of quality. Perhaps the Dunphy clan will finally be dethroned by HBO’s new comedy Silicon Valley, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, or Louie (our personal favourite).

On the UK home front, there are a decent number of British nominees this year.

Downton Abbey is in running for Outstanding Drama Series, along with its stars Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, and Maggie Smith. Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock have been given nods in the ‘TV Movie’ races, where they’ll be going up against Idris Elba and his London-based cop show Luther.

(image: BBC)

(image: BBC)

Cumberbatch’s co-star Martin Freeman is in the running for Lead Actor in a mini-series (for Fargo).


Anyway, here are the nominees:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Orange Is The New Black

Silicon Valley


Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

House Of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven

Bonnie & Clyde




The White Queen

Outstanding Lead Actor In A 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

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan, Masters Of Sex

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Wright, House Of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A 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

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor In A 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

Outstanding Lead Actress In A 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

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Drive, Girls

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Fred Armisen, Portlandia

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: “His Last Vow”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On The Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actress In A 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, The Spoils Of Babylon

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad (“Ozymandias”)

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad (“Felina”)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game Of Thrones (“The Children”)

Beau Willimon, House Of Cards (“Chapter 14”)

 Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective (“The Secret Fate Of All Life”)

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes (“Episode 305”)

Louis C.K., Louie (“So Did The Fat Lady”)

Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan, Orange Is The New Black (“I Wasn’t Ready”)

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley (“Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”)

Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci, Veep (“Special Relationship”)

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding TV Movie

Killing Kennedy

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

The Normal Heart

Sherlock: “His Last Vow”

The Trip To Bountiful

The winners will be announced at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th

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