Emmy Nominations 2014: Matthew McConaughey, Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Vie for Top Honors

Emmy Nominations 2014: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad Vie for Top Honors
Matthew McConaughey in True Detective, Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

07/10/2014 AT 08:45 AM EDT

The Emmys are coming.

Not surprisingly, HBO's fan favorite Game of Thrones leads the pack of nominees, scoring 19 nods as this year's contenders were announced by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly in a live webcast Thursday morning.

Following closely are Fargo, which nabbed 18 nominations, and American Horror Story: Coven with 17.

As expected, many of TV's most binge-worthy series are in contention, including AMC's Breaking Bad, HBO's True Detective and FX's Louie.



In a pair of nominations that were all but guaranteed, Matthew McConaughey (True Detective) will face off against Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for lead actor in a drama.

A win for McConaughey – who is widely considered the front-runner – would provide an impressive bookend to his Oscar triumph earlier this year. But his competition is formidable: Mad Men's Jon Hamm, The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels, House of Cards' Kevin Spacey and his True Detective costar, Woody Harrelson.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her third consecutive comedy actress nomination for her work in HBO's political satire Veep. (She has won the prize for the past two years.)

She'll be squaring off against Lena Dunham (Girls), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), newcomer Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

Another returning nominee: Peter Dinklage, who won for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones in 2011 and is coming off his most arresting season on the series yet.



His competition includes Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, Downton Abbey's Jim Carter (Mr. Carson!), The Good Wife's Josh Charles (RIP, Will Gardner) and Homeland's Mandy Patinkin.

In the category for leading actress in a drama, Downton's Michelle Dockery will compete against The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, Homeland's Claire Danes, House of Cards' Robin Wright, Scandal's Kerry Washington and newcomer Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex).

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Aug. 25 on NBC.

For the complete list of nominations, click here.

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