Game of Thrones and American Horror Story DOMINATE Emmy noms

The 2013 Emmy nominations have been officially announced, and fan-favorite genre series American Horror Story and Game of Thrones look poised to clean house once the little trophies start rolling out in September.

The second season of FX’s freaky anthology American Horror Story: Asylum led all series with a whopping 17 nominations, including best miniseries. The show is also up for everything from outstanding art direction in a miniseries to outstanding main title design.

Up next is HBO's fantasy hit Game of Thrones, which scored 16 nominations — including a slot in the prestigious best drama category. The show is also up for casting awards, makeup/prosthetic prizes and the writing category for drama.

In other genre fare, Vera Farmiga, who stars as Norma Bates in Bates Motel,  is up for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. Not bad for a first-year series that seems to have caught pretty much everybody by surprise.

Expect social media to go nuts today as folks point out who they think deserved a spot on the list (i.e. The Walking Dead, which received just one nom for prosthetic work). But one early name being bounced around as "noticeably absent" is newcomer Tatiana Maslany, the breakout star of BBC America's clone drama Orphan Black. Hey, she plays about a half dozen characters and does a great job at it — what more do the Emmy folks want?

Check out the list of major category nominations below (with the sci-fi stuff handily italicized), and head over to the Emmy website for the complete list of nominations (including FX, music, etc.).

Outstanding Drama Series:

  • Breaking Bad, AMC.
  • Downton Abbey, PBS.
  • Game Of Thrones, HBO
  • Homeland, Showtime.
  • House Of Cards, Netflix.
  • Mad Men, AMC.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS.
  • Girls, HBO.
  • Louie, FX.
  • Modern Family, ABC.
  • 30 Rock, NBC.
  • Veep, HBO.

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie:

  • American Horror Story: Asylum, FX.
  • Behind the Candelabra, HBO.
  • The Bible, HISTORY Channel.
  • Phil Spector, HBO.
  • Political Animals, USA.
  • Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series:

  • Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston as Walter White.
  • Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham.
  • Homeland, Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody.
  • House of Cards, Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood.
  • Mad Men, Jon Hamm as Don Draper.
  • The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series:

  • Bates Motel, Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates.
  • Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley.
  • Homeland, Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison.
  • House of Cards, Robin Wright as Claire Underwood.
  • Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson.
  • Nashville, Connie Britton as Rayna James.
  • Scandal, Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

  • Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas as Liberace.
  • Behind the Candelabra, Matt Damon as Scott Thorson.
  • The Girl, Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Parade’s End, Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens.
  • Phil Spector, Al Pacino as Phil Spector.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

  • American Horror Story: Asylum, Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin.
  • The Big C: Hereafter, Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison.
  • Phil Spector, Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden.
  • Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond.
  • Top of the Lake, Elisabeth Moss as Robin.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

  • Arrested Development, Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth.
  • The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper.
  • Episodes, Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc.
  • House of Lies, Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan.
  • Louie, Louis C.K. as Louie.
  • 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

  • Enlightened, Laura Dern as Amy.
  • Girls, Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath.
  • Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton.
  • Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope.
  • 30 Rock, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
  • Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer.

Outstanding Variety Series:

  • The Colbert Report, Comedy Central.
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC.
  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC.
  • Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO.
  • Saturday Night Live, NBC.

So who will you be pulling for once the winners are announced on Sept. 22? Who should've made the cut but didn't?

(Via The Playlist)


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