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Television thriller ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ and medieval fantasy ‘Game of Thrones’ led the nominees for primetime TV Emmy Awards.

In a new twist, online DVD and streaming service Netflix won its first Emmy nominations for political drama ‘House of Cards’ and comedy ‘Arrested Development’. ‘House of Cards’ garnered nine nominations including best drama and leading actor and actress in a drama for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ pulled in 17 nominations including best miniseries. HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ landed 16 including best drama. Last year’s winner ‘Homeland’ was nominated in 11 categories including best drama.

In the comedy category, NBC’s ’30 Rock’ anchored the most nominations with 13 including best comedy for the long-running series’ final season. Creator and star Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin picked up nominations in leading comedy actor categories. Last year’s big winner – ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ – scored 12 nods including best comedy series.

The HBO movie ‘Behind the Candelabra’, based on the life of pianist Liberace pulled in 15 nominations, and Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover will compete in the lead actor in a miniseries or movie category.

The Emmys are the top TV awards in the United States given out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This year’s Emmy Awards will take place on September 22 and will be broadcast on the CBS network.

The major nominees are listed below:

Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver, Girls
Jessey Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Dowton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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 Actor in a Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Johnathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland

Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

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