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Monday 21 April 2014

Belfast-made Game of Thrones gets 16 Emmy nominations... even more than Downton Abbey

HBO's Game of Thrones Season Three 3. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen- photo Keith Bernstein/HBO
HBO's Game of Thrones Season Three 3. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen- photo Keith Bernstein/HBO

Game of Thrones has received a sweet 16 nominations at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

The hit HBO fantasy series, which is 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

Outstanding drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Connie BrittonNashville

Claire DanesHomeland

Michelle DockeryDownton Abbey

Vera FarmigaBates Motel

Elisabeth MossMad Men

Kerry WashingtonScandal

Robin WrightHouse of Cards

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Bryan CranstonBreaking Bad

Jeff DanielsThe Newsroom

Jon HammMad Men

Damian LewisHomeland

Kevin SpaceyHouse of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna GunnBreaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Christine BaranskiThe Good Wife

Morena BaccarinHomeland

Christina HendricksMad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Bobby CannavaleBoardwalk Empire

Jonathan BanksBreaking Bad

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Mandy PatinkinHomeland

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Margo MartindaleThe Americans

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Carrie PrestonThe Good Wife

Linda CardelliniMad Men

Jane FondaThe Newsroom

Joan CusackShameless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Nathan LaneThe Good Wife

Michael J. FoxThe Good Wife

Rupert Friend, Homeland

Robert MorseMad Men

Harry HamlinMad Men

Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory



Modern Family


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Laura DernEnlightened

Lena DunhamGirls

Edie FalcoNurse Jackie

Tina Fey30 Rock

Julia Louis-DreyfusVeep

Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin30 Rock

Jason BatemanArrested Development

Louis CKLouie

Don CheadleHouse of Lies

Matt LeBlancEpisodes

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim BialikThe Big Bang Theory

Jane LynchGlee

Julie BowenModern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Jane Krakowski30 Rock

Anna ChlumskyVeep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Adam DriverGirls

Jesse Tyler FergusonModern Family

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Bill HaderSaturday Night Live

Tony HaleVeep

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Molly ShannonEnlightened

Dot-Marie JonesGlee

Melissa LeoLouie

Melissa McCarthySaturday Night Live

Kristen WiigSaturday Night Live

Elaine Stritch30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Bob NewhartThe Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Louis CK, Saturday Night Live

Justin TimberlakeSaturday Night Live

Will Forte30 Rock

Outstanding Reality Show Host

Ryan SeacrestAmerican Idol

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Tom BergeronDancing With the Stars

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Anthony BourdainThe Taste

Outstanding Reality Show Competition

The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

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

The Bible

Phil Spector

Political Animals

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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