Netflix made Emmy history Thursday when its
political thriller House of Cards became the first internet show to
be nominated for best drama.
The series starring Kevin Spacey will compete for the top prize in television against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men.
The Primetime Emmy Awards' comedy crown will see a tussle between last year's winner, Modern Family, and 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie and Veep.
The top nominee was American Horror Story: Asylum, which earned 17 nominations, just ahead of the 16 honours given to Game of Thrones. Saturday Night Live and the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra both earned 15 nominations.
Spacey was also nominated for best actor in a drama where he will compete with Mad Men's Bryan Cranston, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, Homeland's Damian Lewis, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels from Newsroom.
The competition for lead actress in a drama series includes Vera Farmiga from Bates Motel, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, Claire Danes from Homeland, Robin Wright from House of Cards, Elizabeth Moss from Mad Men, Connie Briton from Nashville and Kerry Washington from Scandal.
Perennial winner, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is once again the hot favourite for best variety show. It is challenged by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.
Up for best reality series are Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, The Amazing Race, The Voice and Top Chef.
HBO was the most nominated network with 108 nominations. Netflix earned 14 nominations thanks to strong support for House of Cards and Arrested Development.
Behind the Candelabra will compete for best mini-series or movie with American Horror Story: Asylum, The Bible, Phil Spector, Political Animals and Top of the Lake.
The 65th annual Emmy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on September 22.
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