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Game Of Thrones leading the pack with 19 Emmy nominations

The fantasy saga Game Of Thrones has emerged as the show with the most Emmy nominations this year – with 19 nods.

As filming for the fifth eagerly-anticipated series begins in Northern Ireland next month, the flagship HBO show has been put forward as a candidate for best drama series – one of the most prestigious awards – for the second year in a row. Scheming Queen Cersei – Lena Headey – is also nominated for best supporting actress, while Diana Rigg has got the nod for best guest actress.

Dwarf Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, is up for best supporting actor again after missing out on the award last year.

The drugs drama Breaking Bad was next in line with 16 nominations for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, Fargo garnered 18 nominations and American Horror Story: Coven has 17.

The Aids drama The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare.

This year's Academy Awards best-actor winner Matthew McConaughey and nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor are both nominees for TV projects, as is past Oscar winner Julia Roberts.

In the competitive best-drama series category, Game Of Thrones will compete with last year's winner Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House Of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective. Netflix's House Of Cards, which made a breakthrough last year as the first online series nominated for a major award, has the chance again to grab Emmy gold.

True Detective, a dark drama that starred McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was entered in the series category although it had a close-ended story.

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