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’Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

  • This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones."  The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

    This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

    This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)

  • This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones."  The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

    This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

  • This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones."  The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014, file photo, Matthew McConaughey talks during the panel discussion for True Detective at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” and four-time best comedy winner “Modern Family.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
  • This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)
  • This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones."  The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

The fantasy saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’s grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced yesterday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

The meth kingpin drama Breaking Bad was next in line with 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor for star Bryan Cranston.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, Fargo with 18 bids and American Horror Story: Coven with 17. The AIDS drama The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare. This year’s Academy Awards best-actor winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) are both nominees for TV projects, as is past Oscar winner Julia Roberts.

In the competitive best-drama series category, Game of Thrones will compete with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective.

Netflix’s House of Cards, which was the first online series nominated for a major award, has the chance to win again to grab Emmy gold.

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