‘Game of Thrones’ reigns over Emmy nominations, ‘Mad Men’ rebounds, ‘Empire’ snubbed

The lavish fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” is once again the most nominated show at the Emmys. Following on last year’s leading 19 bids, it picked up a whopping 24 this year including repeat nominations for Best Drama Series, Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage), Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey) and Drama Guest Actress (Diana Rigg) and the return of 2013 nominee Emilia Clarke

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Mad Men,” which hit an all-time low last year with just eight nominations, rebounded this year for its final season. The four-time Best Drama Series champ improved to 11 bids, including a return to the Best Drama race, as well as Drama Actor (Jon Hamm), Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Drama Supporting Actress (Christina Hendricks) and two writing nods. It hasn’t claimed a single Emmy since 2011, and none of its actors have ever won. 

House of Cards” is down to 11 nominations from last year’s 13, including repeat nods for Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (Kevin Spacey) and Drama Actress (Robin Wright).

Downton Abbey,” which has been an Emmys darling since it competed in movie/miniseries categories in 2011, earned only eight nominations for its penultimate season, including Drama Series, Drama Supporting Actor (Jim Carter) and Drama Supporting Actress (Joanne Froggatt). Shockingly, two-time champ Maggie Smith was snubbed.

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Among high-profile newcomers, “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul,” earned seven nominations, including Drama Series, Drama Actor (Bob Odenkirk) and Drama Supporting Actor (Jonathan Banks). However, “Empire,” was limited to just three nominations, including Drama Actress (Taraji P. Henson).

Orange is the New Black” — which had done well in the comedy categories last year — dropped to just four nominations, including Best Drama Series, Drama Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba) and Drama Guest Actor (Pablo Schreiber).

Rounding out the Drama Series race is 2012 champ “Homeland,” which is up for four awards. 

Leading the comedy races is “Transparent,” which put Amazon Prime on the map with 11 nominations, including for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor), Comedy Supporting Actress (Gaby Hoffmann) and Comedy Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford).

Five-time Best Comedy Series champ “Modern Family” had its worst showing ever, down from 10 to six nominations this year, including Best Comedy, Comedy Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Comedy Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen).

Veep” had improved its nominations haul every year thus far, peaking last year with nine. For its fourth season, it again earned nine nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won the last three years in a row), Comedy Supporting Actor (Tony Hale) and Comedy Supporting Actress (Anna Chlumsky). Can it take down “Modern Family”?

Silicon Valley” is up to seven from five nominations for its freshman season, including a return to the Best Comedy Series lineup.

With “Orange is the New Black” moving to drama, Netflix had two new comedies waiting in the wings: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Grace and Frankie.” Of those, “Schmidt” did better with seven nominations for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Supporting Actor (Tituss Burgess) and Supporting Actress (Jane Krakowski) and guest-acting bids for Jon Hamm and co-creator Tina Fey.

Grace and Frankie,” however, also managed to reap a Comedy Actress nominations for Lily Tomlin, leaving Oscar champ Jane Fonda and Emmy favorites Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston out in the cold. 

Rounding out the Comedy Series race are “Louie” (six nominations) and Parks and Recreation” (3 nominations).

In longform categories, each previous season of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story” led the movie/miniseries field with 17 nominations each time. “American Horror Story Freak Show” did even better, with a massive haul of 19 bids: including Best Limited Series, Movie/Limited Series Actress (Jessica Lange, who won last year for “AHS: Coven”), Movie/Limited Supporting Actor (Denis O’Hare and Finn Wittrock) and Movie/Limited Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson and last year’s winner Kathy Bates).

Olive Kitteridge” earned 13 nominations, including the expected bids for the two-parter, leads Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins and supporting actor Bill Murray.

American Crime” scored 10 nominations, including Best Limited Series, leads #Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton and supporting actress Regina King.  

Joining them in the Limited Series race are “Wolf Hall” (seven nominations) and “The Honorable Woman” with four, including Movie/Limited Actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

The period biopic “Bessie,” the frontrunner for Best TV Movie, also excelled with 12 nominations, including that top category, as well as Movie/Limited Actress (Queen Latifah), Movie/Limited Supporting Actor (Michael Kenneth Williams) and Movie/Limited Supporting Actress (MoNique).

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