HBO once again makes its presence felt as they lead the nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The introduction of critically and commercially acclaimed show 'True Detective' starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as well as the HBO original film 'The Normal Heart' showcase a strong front for the cable giant. Netflix once again proved that this is the time for internet streaming companies as they racked up more nominations this year, 31 to be precise.
Cult fantasy show 'Game of Thrones' landed the most nominations with 19, followed by FX’s dark adaptation 'Fargo', which picked up 18 nominations preferring to submit their nomination in the miniseries category. FX’s cash cow ' American Horror Story' comes in third with 'Coven' scoring 17 nods.
'Game of Thrones' led all nominees with 19 and pushed the premium cable network's overall nods to 99, the most of any network for the 14th year in a row.
In another cross-over from film, the 'Fargo' mini-series, based on the cult movie from the Coen brothers, managed to get 18 nominations, including best actor in a mini-series nods for both lead actors, Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.
Here's a look at the major categories:
Best Drama Series
'Game of Thrones'
'House of Cards'
Best Comedy Series
'The Big Bang Theory'
'Orange is the New Black'
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Jeff Daniels, 'The Newsroom'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Woody Harrelson, 'True Detective'
Matthew McConaughey, 'True Detective'
Kevin Spacey, 'House of Cards'
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, 'Masters of Sex'
Claire Danes, 'Homeland'
Michelle Dockery, 'Downton Abbey'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kerry Washington, 'Scandal'
Robin Wright, 'House of Cards'
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK 'Louie'
Don Cheadle, 'House of Lies'
Ricky Gervais, 'Derek'
Matt LeBlanc, 'Episodes'
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, 'Girls'
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'Veep'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike & Molly'
Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation'
Taylor Schilling, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Sherlock: His Last Vow'
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'Dancing on the Edge'
Martin Freeman, 'Fargo'
Billy Bob Thorton, 'Fargo'
Idris Elba, 'Luther'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Normal Heart'
Outstanding Reality Series Program
'The Amazing Race'
'Dancing with the Stars'
'So You Think You Can Dance'
Outstanding Variety Series
'The Colbert Report'
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
'Real Time with Bill Maher'
'Saturday Night Live'
'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon'
' American Horror Story: Coven'
'Bonnie & Clyde'
'The White Queen'
Outstanding Television Movie
'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'
'The Normal Heart'
'Sherlock: His Last Vow'
'The Trip to Bountiful'
Supporting Actor, Drama
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Jim Carter, 'Downton Abbey'
Peter Dinklage, 'Game of Thrones'
Josh Charles, 'The Good Wife'
Mandy Patinkin, 'Homeland'
Jon Voight, 'Ray Donovan'
Supporting Actress, Drama
Anna Gunn, 'Breaking Bad'
Maggie Smith, 'Downton Abbey'
Joanne Froggatt, 'Downton Abbey'
Lena Headey, 'Game of Thrones'
Christine Baranski, 'The Good Wife'
Christina Hendricks, 'Mad Men'
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Andre Braugher, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
Adam Driver, 'Girls'
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 'Modern Family'
Ty Burrell, 'Modern Family'
Fred Armisen, 'Portlandia'
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Mayim Bialik, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'
Allison Janney, 'Mom'
Kate Mulgrew, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Kate McKinnon, 'Saturday Night Live'
Anna Chlumsky, 'Veep'
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, 'Fargo'
Jim Parsons, 'The Normal Heart'
Joe Mantello, 'The Normal Heart'
Alfred Molina, 'The Normal Heart'
Matt Bomer, 'The Normal Heart'
Martin Freeman, 'Sherlock: His Last Vow:
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Kathy Bates, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Angela Bassett, 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Allison Tolman, 'Fargo'
Ellen Burstyn, 'Flowers in the Attic'
Julia Roberts, 'The Normal Heart'
Guest Actor, Drama
Paul Giamatti, 'Downton Abbey'
Dylan Baker, 'The Good Wife'
Reg E. Cathey, 'House of Cards'
Robert Morse, 'Mad Men'
Beau Bridges, 'Masters of Sex'
Joe Morton, 'Scandal'
Guest Actress, Drama
Margo Martindale, 'The Americans'
Diana Rigg, 'Game of Thrones'
Kate Mara, 'House of Cards'
Allison Janney, 'Masters of Sex'
Jane Fonda, 'Newsroom'
Kate Burton, 'Scandal'
Guest Actor, Comedy
Bob Newhart, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Nathan Lane, 'Modern Family'
Steve Buscemi, 'Portlandia'
Jimmy Fallon, 'Saturday Night Live'
Louis CK, 'Saturday Night Live'
Gary Cole, 'Veep'
Guest Actress, Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Uzo Aduba, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Laverne Cox, 'Orange Is the New Black'
Tina Fey, 'Saturday Night Live'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Saturday Night Live'
Joan Cusack, 'Shameless'
For the complete list of nominees, visit the Emmy Awards' Official Website