British stars Hugh Bonneville and Damian Lewis are up against each other for drama acting honours as the shortlist for the Primetime Emmy Awards was announced in the US.
The pair are in the running for the best actor in a TV drama series category, and face Oscar-winning star Kevin Spacey for his role in House Of Cards.
Bonneville's Downton Abbey colleague Michelle Dockery is up for the equivalent best actress prize.
Spacey's House Of Cards series has achieved a notable first by becoming the first programme to be recognised by the awards which has not been screened on TV. The series - a revamp of the BBC's political thriller - was shown by online streaming service Netflix.
Leading the tally of nominations was American Horror Story: Asylum with 17, followed by Game of Thrones with 16, while the celebrated Liberace film Behind the Candelabra - starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon - landed 15.
Bonneville is up for Downton, while Lewis competes for his role in Homeland. Also in the running are Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom and Jon Hamm for Mad Men.
Dockery faces a shortlist which includes Claire Danes for Homeland, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men and Robin Wright for House Of Cards.
Downton and Homeland also go up against each other for the best drama series title, along with House Of Cards, Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
The Primetime Emmy Awards take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22.