By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Primetime Emmy Awards, which celebrates excellent TV shows and acting, has just announced its nominations for the 66th Annual Emmys this year. Awards are given out to the top dogs in categories like drama, comedy, and miniseries. Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly called out the lucky shows and celebrities during a ceremony at the Television Academy headquarters in Los Angeles on Thursday. The best of the best in TV from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 will have a shot at winning the trophy of a golden-winged woman holding an atom on August 25, 2014.
The fantasy show Game of Thrones on HBO landed an insane amount of nominations, taking 19 total, while House of Cards on Netflix scored 13 of them. HBO’s True Detective and AMC’s Breaking Bad are expected to rack up wins in their categories, while Downton Abbey and Mad Men will give some strong competition.
What’s surprising this year is how many nominations streaming internet TV services got vs. giant cable networks. Netflix landed 31 total nominations, thanks in part to its Orange Is the New Black, while FOX only managed 18. However, it’s important to note that FOX’s popular science show, Cosmos, received 12 nominations that don’t count towards its total, since the series also runs on the National Geographic channel. Meanwhile, HBO led the pack with a monstrous 99 nominations, while CBS led broadcasters with 47 nominations.
So, what about the actors that bring these shows to life? Well, Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife, Robin Wright of House of Cards, Claire Danes of Homeland, and Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey were among the leading ladies to receive nominations, while the men who made the cut included True Detective’s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels, and House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey.
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