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Emmys 2013: American Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones lead nominees

American Horror Story: Asylum

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN Horror Story: Asylum and Game of Thrones lead the nominees for this year’s Emmys (2013).

The former scored the most nods with 17 in total, including best mini-series, while Game of Thrones has 16.

Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra – which was denied a cinema release in the US after distributors deemed it ‘too gay’ – received 15 mentions, including nods for its leading men Michael Douglas and Matt Damon who go head-to-head for best lead actor in a mini-series or movie.

Douglas and Damon are up against Toby Jones for his portrayal of director Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl, Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade’s End and Al Pacino, who is shortlisted for his performance as Phil Spector in the HBO film named after the troubled music producer.

Pacino’s co-star Dame Helen Mirren, who plays Spector’s lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden in the drama, has also been nominated in the lead actress in a mini series or movie category.

Two further Brits to land high-profile nominations were Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville and Homeland‘s Damian Lewis, who are up for best lead actor in a drama. They face competition from Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom.

House of Cards became the first programme only available online to receive a nomination for best drama series, marking a major coup for Netflix. A remake of the 1990 BBC series, House of Cards received nine nominations in total, including lead actress for Robin Wright as well as Spacey’s nomination.

Revived series Arrested Development, which was also produced by Netflix, has three nominations including lead actor in a comedy for Jason Bateman.

Other notable nominations include…

Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss, who received two nods – one for her performance as Peggy Olson in Mad Men (for which she is shortlisted in the leading actress category alongside Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Nashville‘s Connie Britton, Kerry Washington in Scandal and Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel).

And the other for her leading role in director Jane Campion’s acclaimed new drama Top Of The Lake, which scored eight nominations including outstanding mini series or movie.

Downton Abbey received 12 nods in total, including best drama series and supporting acting nods for Dame Maggie Smith and Jim Carter.

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics was nominated for four awards, including outstanding special class programme and art direction for Danny Boyle.

While BBC co-production The Girl, which centres on Alfred Hitchcock and his relationship with actress Tippi Hedren, received four nominations, including the aforementioned acting nod for Toby Jones. Imelda Staunton was also recognised for outstanding supporting actress for her role as Alma Hitchcock.

In the comedy category, the final season of long-running series 30 Rock landed the most nominations with 13, including best comedy, while series creator and star Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin both picked up nominations in the leading comedy acting categories.

Last year’s big winner, Modern Family, was shortlisted for 12 awards including best comedy series and acting nods for five of its stars.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who won best supporting actor in a drama series last year, presented the nominations announcement. He could also stand to win an award at the ceremony, having been nominated for his portryal of Jesse Pinkman in the show along with co-star Jonathan Banks, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale from Boardwalk Empire, Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin and Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson in Downton Abbey.

The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on September 22 and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

View the nominations in full