Notable Nominations: Game of Thrones Reigns Over 2014 Emmy Noms


All men must die. And all television shows must contend for a spot on the annual Primetime Emmys ballot.

This year, Game of Thrones enters the ceremony as the most-nominated series, with 19 chances to take home the gold for categories including Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. The tally—along with 12 noms for True Detective and seven for Boardwalk Empire—helped HBO become the most-nominated network with an impressive 99 nominations across the board; NBC comes second, with only 47.

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on August 25 on NBC. And the award may go to…

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 Supporting Actor in a Drama
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Guest Actress in Drama
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Kate Burton, Scandal
Margo Martindale, The Americans

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Comedy
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a 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

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Adam Driver, Girls
Andrew Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actress In a Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steven Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Louis CK, Saturday Night Live
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Gary Cole, Veep

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
The White Queen
Bonnie and Clyde

Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idirs Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, Return to Zero

Outstanding Made for TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Reality Show Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

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

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Animated Program
Bob’s Burgers
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Episodes, “Episode 305” (David Crane)
Louis, “So Did the Fat Lady” (Louis CK)
Orange Is the New Black, “I Wasn't Ready’ (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
Silicon Valley, “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency’ (Alec Berg)
Veep, “Special Relationship’ (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Episodes, “Episode 309” (Iain B. MacDonald)
Glee, “100” (Paris Barclay)
Louis, “Elevator, Part 6” (Louis CK)
Modern Family, “Vegas” (Gail Mancuso)
Orange Is the New Black, “Lesbian Request Denied” (Jodie Foster)
Silicon Valley, “Minimum Viable Product” (Mike Judge)

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series
Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias” (Moira Walley-Beckett)
Breaking Bad, “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
Game of Thrones, “The Children” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
House of Cards, “Chapter 14” (Beau Willimon)
True Detective, “The Secret Fate of All Life” (Nic Pizzolatto)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire, “Farewell Daddy Blues” (Tim Van Patten)
Breaking Bad, “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
Downton Abbey, “Episode 1” (David Evans)
Game of Thrones, “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marshall)
House of Cards, “Chapter 14” (Carl Franklin)
True Detective, “Who Goes There” (Cary Joji Fukunaga)

For a full list of nominees, visit