Game of Thrones leads Emmy nods

Game of Thrones leads Emmy nods

Fantasy drama series Games of Thrones has topped the list of nominations for this year's Primetime Emmy awards with a total of 19 nods.

The Northern Ireland filmed programme was recognised in a number of technical categories, including directing, casting, art direction and costumes, as well as the bigger awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Also hoping to collect an accolade during the Emmy ceremony in August are Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, who are nominated in the Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Drama Series category.

Dinklage portrays the intelligent 'imp' Tyrion Lanister in the HBO programme, while Headey plays his conniving sister Queen Cersei.

Northern Ireland's Ronan Hill and his team have been nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series. They won for season two of Game of Thrones in 2012 and were nominated again for season three in 2013.

Period drama Downton Abbey also received a number of nods, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson and Joanne Froggart, who plays lady's maid Anna, have also been recognised at this year's awards.

Downton Abbey's executive producer Gareth Neame said he was "thrilled" with the show's nominations.

It is the members of the TV Academy that helped turn Downton into a global hit and we'll never forget that.

Gareth Neame, executive producer, Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, which returns to UTV this autumn, received 12 nominations in total.

Sherlock star Martin Freeman has eclipsed his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch after he was nominated for two awards.

The actor, nominated for his role as Dr Watson and for his work in US mini-series Fargo, is one of a host of UK stars among the nominees announced on Thursday.

His performance as Lester Nygaard in Fargo, based on the hit film of the same name, sees him nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie.

The other nominees include Benedict, nominated for Sherlock, Chiwetel Ejiofor who is nominated for the BBC drama Dancing On The Edge and Idris Elba for Luther.

Also in the running are Mark Ruffalo and Freeman's Fargo co-star Billy Bob Thornton.

Martin's performance as Watson sees him pick up another nomination - for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - where he faces competition from names including Fargo's Colin Hanks and Alfred Molina.

The awards will be handed out at a Los Angeles ceremony on 25 August 2014.

Primetime Emmy Award nominations:

Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men
  • True Detective

Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Veep

Lead Actor in a Drama

  • 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

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
  • Martin Freeman, Fargo
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Lead Actress in a Drama

  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards
  • Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
  • Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
  • Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
  • Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Lead Actor in a Comedy

  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • Matt LeBlanc,, Episodes
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • William H. Macy, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy

  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep


  • American Horror Story: Coven
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Fargo
  • Luther
  • Treme
  • The White Queen

Television Movie

  • Killing Kennedy
  • Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
  • The Normal Heart
  • Sherlock: His Las Vow
  • The Trip to Bountiful

Supporting Actor in a Drama

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

Supporting Actress in a Drama

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Guest Actor in a Drama

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

Guest Actress in a Drama

  • Margo Martindale, The Americans
  • Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
  • Kate Mara, House of Cards
  • Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
  • Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
  • Kate Burton, Scandal

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Fred Armisen, Portlandia
  • Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Colin Hanks, Fargo
  • Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
  • Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
  • Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
  • Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
  • Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Allison Tolman, Fargo
  • Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
  • Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart


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