Belfast-made Game of Thrones gets 16 Emmy nominations... even more than Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones has received a sweet 16 nominations at the 2013 Emmy Awards.
The hit HBO fantasy series, which is mostly filmed in Northern Ireland, has been topped only by US thriller American Horror Story, which leads this year's nominations with 17.
Game of Thrones' nominations include Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama (Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama (first-time nominee Emilia Clarke) and Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama (Diana Rigg).
Last year the smash series, which put Northern Ireland on the television world's radar, took home six Emmy Awards for behind-the-scenes work.
Meanwhile Damian Lewis and Hugh Bonneville lead the British offering, both being nominated for best actor.
Lewis, who won the award for best actor last year, has been nominated again for his role as Sgt Brody in Homeland. Bonneville, also nominated in 2012, is up for the title again for his performance in Downton Abbey.
ITV drama Downton Abbey, which has proved a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, has received 12 nominations in total.
Other Brit nominees include Benedict Cumberbatch for Parade's End and Toby Jones for The Girl, who battle for the prize for lead actor in a miniseries/movie.
Dame Helen Mirren is shortlisted for the equivalent best actress prize for her performance in Phil Spector.
Another Downton star Jim Carter earns a place on the shortlist for supporting actor in a drama series, while Dame Maggie Smith from the same period drama series is up for the best supporting actress.
Cat Deeley picks up a nomination for best host of a reality show for So You Think You Can Dance while BBC co-production Top Of The Lake is listed for best miniseries or movie.
For the first time in the history of the awards, a TV series that has never been broadcast on television before has been nominated.
House of Cards, which was commissioned exclusively for Netflix, has been nominated for nine awards including outstanding drama, best actor and best actress.
The latest series of Arrested Development, also commissioned for Netflix, has received three nominations.
Michael Douglas, nominated for his portrayal of pianist Liberace, goes head to head with Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for the title of lead actor in a mini-series or movie.
The HBO single drama was originally commissioned for television after Hollywood bosses rejected the script because they thought the subject matter too ‘risky’ for general release at the box office.
HBO has become the most-nominated network for the 12th year in a row with 108 nominations.
The Primetime Emmy Awards take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22.
The full list of major nominations
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis CK, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock
Outstanding Reality Show Host
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
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
Outstanding Reality Show Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Outstanding TV Mini-series or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
Top of the Lake
Lead actor in a TV Mini-series or Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Lead actress in a TV Mini-series or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
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