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Emmys 2015: Game of Thrones leads nominations

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO powerhouse Game of Thrones leads the 2015 list of Emmy nominations with 24 nods in total.

The fantasy epic, which this year faced strong criticism concerning some of its violence towards women, is shortlisted for outstanding drama series, while four of its stars – Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg – all made the acting award categories.

American Horror Story: Freak Show and mini-series Olive Kitteridge were the next closest with nominations, receiving 19 and 13 nods respectively, while Netflix political drama House of Cards and the final series of Mad Men are up for 11 nominations.

ITV stalwart Downton Abbey and critically-acclaimed BBC historical drama Wolf Hall are up for eight.

Wolf Hall‘s Mark Rylance is up against Ricky Gervais, for his Derek special, and David Oyelowo, for his portrayal of Peter Snowden in Nightingale, in the best actor in a mini-series or film category.

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

Included among Downton Abbey‘s haul are Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt, who received nominations for their roles in the period drama.

Another Brit vying for success is Emma Thompson, who 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, while Maggie Gyllenhaal is also nominated for her role in the BBC drama The Honourable Woman.

Queen Latifah, Jessica Lange, Felicity Huffman and Frances McDormand are also in the running for that category.

Two former Friends stars also feature among the acting nominees – Matt Le Blanc, who played Joey, has been nominated for his part in comedy series Episodes while Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe has made the shortlist for her part in The Comeback.

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 on Thursday morning (July 16, 2015).

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

Of the notable omissions this year, Jim Parsons, of The Big Bang Theory fame, missed out on a nod despite having won the award four times for best actor in a comedy, while Julianna Margulies, who won best actress in a drama series for The Good Wife last year, also failed to make the shortlist.

Hit show Empire also missed out on a best drama nomination.

The main nominees at a glance…

Outstanding comedy series
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable
Veep

Outstanding drama series
Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men
Orange is the New Black

Outstanding limited series
American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Olive Kitteridge
The Honourable Woman
Wolf Hall

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Louis CK – Louie
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
William H Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow – The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Adam Driver – Girls
Tony Hale – Veep
Keegan-Michael Key – Key & Peele

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky – Veep
Gaby Hoffmann – Transparent
Allison Janney – Mom
Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Niecy Nash – Getting On

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Kyle Chandler – Bloodline
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P Henson – Empire
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Christine Baranski – The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie
Adrien Brody – Houdini
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Timothy Hutton – American Crime
Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge
David Oyelowo – Nightingale
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honourable Woman
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Queen Latifah – Bessie
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Richard Cabral – American Crime
Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Denis O’Hare – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Michael Kenneth Williams – Bessie
Finn Wittrock – American Horror Story: Freak Show

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Angela Bassett – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Zoe Kazan – Olive Kitteridge
Regina King – American Crime
Mo’Nique – Bessie
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show