17 Jul 2015

Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations

10:07 am on 17 July 2015

Game of Thrones leads the field for nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards, garnering 24 in all - more than any other show.

American Horror Story: Freak Show and mini-series Olive Kitteridge received 19 and 13 nominations.

Daenerys Targaryen, a title character in Games of Thrones

Game of Thrones netted 24 nominations. Photo: Home Box Office, Inc

House of Cards and Mad Men are up for 11 nominations while Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall are up for eight.

Mad Men's Jon Hamm earned his eighth nomination for his dark portrayal of Don Draper, but has never won. He will vie for best actor in a drama against Kevin Spacey, who plays the diabolical Frank Underwood in House of Cards.

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards.

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in House of Cards. Photo: AFP / Capital / Panic Pictures / Trigger Street Productions

Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance is up against Ricky Gervais (the Derek Special) and David Oyelowo (Nightingale) in the best actor in a mini-series or film category.

Rylance's co-star Damian Lewis is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is nominated for best actress.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is nominated for best actress. Photo: AFP

Emma Thompson is up for best actress in a mini-series or film for her part in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Live From Lincoln Center - she is up against Maggie Gyllenhaal for her role in the BBC drama The Honourable Woman.

Queen Latifah, Jessica Lange, Felicity Huffman and Frances McDormand have also been nominated in that category.

Notable omissions include Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory who has won four times for best actor in a comedy and is the best paid actor on US television.

Julianna Margulies, who won best actress in a drama series for The Good Wife last year, didn't get a nomination and hit show Empire missed out on a best drama nomination.

There are nominations for former Friends co-stars - Matt Le Blanc for his part in comedy series Episodes, and Lisa Kudrow for her role in The Comeback.

It is up against ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case, Bessie, Killing Jesus, Nightingale and the critically maligned Grace of Monaco.

Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt have been nominated for their roles in Downton Abbey.

Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg from Game Of Thrones all make the acting award categories.

Television Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum presents the Emmy nominations at the SilverScreen Theater,  West Hollywood.

Television Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum presents the Emmy nominations at the SilverScreen Theater, West Hollywood. Photo: AFP

Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black and Cat Deeley presenter of So You Think You Can Dance announced the nominees for the 67th annual awards.

Their shows were nominated and they received personal nominations for awards too.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on 20 September.

- BBC / Reuters

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