2014 Emmy nominations

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The chase is on for TV

"Game of Thrones" reigned supreme at Thursday morning's Emmy nominations. The fantasy epic topped all TV series with 19 nominations, including "Best Drama".

(NBC) - The chase is on for TV's top honors.

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

"Game of Thrones" reigned supreme at Thursday morning's Emmy nominations. The fantasy epic topped all TV series with 19 nominations, including "Best Drama".

Its competition for that honor includes last year's winner, "Breaking Bad," and three time winner "Mad Men". Also in the running are "Downton Abbey", the HBO cop series "True Detective", and the Netflix political saga "House of Cards".

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is among the Best Actor nominees for his work in "True Detective". So is his co-star Woody Harrelson. Also in the hunt are Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom", and Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards". Three time winner Bryan Cranston has a shot at his fourth for "Breaking Bad", while seven-time nominee Jon Hamm seeks his first win for "Mad Men".

"Homeland"'s Claire Danes has won Best Actress the past two years, and she earned another nomination Thursday. She'll be up against Lizzie Caplan from "Masters of Sex", Robin Wright from "House of Cards", Michelle Dockery from "Downton Abbey", Kerry Washington from "Scandal", and past winner Julianna Margulies from "The Good Wife".

In the comedy realm, everyone's chasing "Modern Family". It's won Best Comedy the past four years and Thursday's nomination gives it a chance to tie "Frasier"'s record of five straight wins. "Big Bang Theory" is among
the shows standing in the way, so are HBO's first year comedy "Silicon Valley", and its political laugher "Veep". The FX offering "Louie" rounds out the field, along with the Netflix prison comedy "Orange is the New Black".

The awards will be handed out on NBC August 25th.

Amy Poehler of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" is among the nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy. She's up against the reigning champ, Julia Louis Dreyfuss of "Veep", and past winner Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie".
Other contenders include Lena Dunham of "Girls", Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" and Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black".

"Big Bang Theory"'s Jim Parsons has won Best Actor in a Comedy three of the past four years and he's nominated again. So are Louis C.K. for 'Louie', Don Cheadle for "House of Lies", Ricky Gervais for "Derek", Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes", and William H. Macy for "Shameless".

NBC's "The Voice" won "Best Reality Competition Series" last year, and it's nominated in the category once again.

"The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" is among the nominees for Best Variety Series, as is "Saturday Night Live"."The Colbert Report" is the defending champ in the category, along with the show that had previously dominated the category, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart".

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