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Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations

Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations this year, with a staggering 24 nods.

The fantasy series received a staggering 24 nods when the nominees for the 2015 ceremony were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Among the categories the epic programme featured in were Outstanding Drama Series – which Game of Thrones has been nominated for every year since 2011 but has so far failed to win.

Meanwhile, it seems history could be made after Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis both received nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their roles in Empire and How to Get Away with Murder respectively.

If either actress won the award, they would get a place in the history books for being the first African-American actress to take home the top drama honour.

However, they have some tough competition, as the category is rounded out by Claire Danes, up for Homeland, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright for House of Cards.

Taraji previously spoke about her excitement on the prospect of taking home an Emmy when asked about it during a panel for the show back in May.

“I gotta win! I gotta win for history!” she said at the time.

Notably absent from the drama actress category was Kerry Washington, who has received critical acclaim for her role in Scandal.

On the male front, none of the Game of Thrones stars featured in the drama category. Instead, Jeff Daniels who has been nominated for The Newsroom will compete for victory alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, Kyle Chandler for Bloodline and Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan.

Mad Men, which came to an end earlier this year after seven seasons, is also up for Outstanding Drama Series, alongside Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.

Comedy stars recognised for the upcoming awards ceremony include Amy Schumer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and William H. Macy.

The Emmy awards will be hosted by Andy Samberg and will take place on September 20.

Emmy Awards 2015 nominations, main categories:

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

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donoavan

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime, Timothy Hutton as Russ

Derek, Ricky Gervais as Derek

Houdini, Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini

Nightingale, David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden

Olive Kitteridge, Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge

Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime, Felicity Huffman as Barb

American Horror Story: Freak Show, Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars

Bessie, Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith

The Honorable Woman. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein

Olive Kitteridge, Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center), Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

black-ish, Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson

Episodes, Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies, Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan

The Last Man On Earth, Will Forte as Phil Miller

Louie, Louis C.K. as Louie

Shameless, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

The Comeback, Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish

Grace And Frankie, Lily Tomlin as Frankie

Inside Amy Schumer, Amy Schumer as Amy

Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Outstanding Comedy Series


Modern Family

Parks And Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones


House Of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is The New Black

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