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House of Cards makes history with Emmy Award nominations

Jul 18, 2013 | 9:19am EDT

Kevin Spacey's online series House Of Cards looks set to topple the competition at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards after picking up a raft of top nominations. The political thriller, which airs online via, has won a nod in the Outstanding Drama Series category, while also picking up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It garnered six nominations altogether and made history by becoming the first show not on TV to join the race for a top Emmy statue. American Horror Story: Asylum garnered the most nominations with 17, followed closely by Game of Thrones with 16. Last year's (12) big winners Homeland and Breaking Bad have kept up with the competition - they both are up for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. Spacey faces tough competition from Homeland's Damian Lewis and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm. Meanwhile, Wright will be pitted against Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Kerry Washington (Scandal) for the Lead Actress in a Drama prize. In comedy, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Veep will vie for Outstanding Comedy Series. In the comedy acting categories, 30 Rock's Tina Fey will battle it out with Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), while her co-star Alec Baldwin is nominated alongside Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). Movie icon Michael Douglas will go up against his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his Liberace biopic, while Al Pacino landed a nod in the same category for his title role in Phil Spector. Pacino's co-star Dame Helen Mirren is nominated alongside Sigourney Weaver (Political Animal) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. The nominations were announced by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and the upcoming prizegiving's host Neil Patrick Harris, who was a last-minute replacement for actress Kate Mara after she suffered travel problems on the way to Los Angeles. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on 22 September (13). The main list of nominees is as follows: Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damian Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Connie Britton, Nashville Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Kerry Washington, Scandal Robin Wright, House of Cards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Mandy Patinkin, Homeland Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks, Mad Men Outstanding Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory Girls Louie Modern Family 30 Rock Veep Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Louis C.K., Louie Don Cheadle, House of Lies Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Laura Dern, Enlightened Lena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Adam Driver, Girls Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Modern Family Ty Burrell, Modern Family Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live Tony Hale, Veep Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Jane Lynch, Glee Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Julie Bowen, Modern Family Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock Anna Chlumsky, Veep Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: American Horror Story: Asylum Behind the Candelabra The Bible Phil Spector Political Animals Top of the Lake Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra Toby Jones, The Girl Al Pacino, Phil Spector Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Laura Linney, The Big C Hereafter Helen Mirren, Phil Spector Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals.

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