Game of Thrones has bagged 19 Emmy Award nominations.

Those in the running for one of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by The Voice host Carson Daly and The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling at the Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood this morning.

Just edging behind Game of Thrones is Fargo, which got 18 nods, and American Horror Story: Coven, which received 17.

Fan favourite Breaking Bad was biting at those shows' heels with a respectable 16 nominations.

All of those got mentions in the biggest categories, with Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad battling it out for best drama series. The category is one of the most hotly-contested this year, not least because True Detective is competing in it rather than as a miniseries. Also vying for the gong is Downton Abbey, House of Cards and Mad Men.

The best miniseries gong will go to either American Horror Story: Coven, Fargo, The White Queen, Bonnie & Clyde or Treme.

Making a similarly surprising decision to True Blood is Netflix original drama Orange Is the New Black, which is competing in the comedy series category. Also receiving mentions are Silicon Valley, The Big Bang Theory, Louis, Modern Family and Veep.

As expected, Bryan Cranston has received a nod in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series group for his role in Breaking Bad.

Joining him are Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey for True Detective, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.

The women's prize will go to either Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Claire Danes for Homeland, House of Cards' Robin Wright, Kerry Washington for Scandal, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife or Masters of Sex's Lizzy Caplan.

Mentioned in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category are Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Matt LeBlanc for Episodes, House of Lies' Don Cheadle, Louis C.K. for Louie, Shameless' William H. Macy and Ricky Gervais for Derek.

For the women, Lena Dunham scored a nomination for Girls, with Edie Falco's stint in Nurse Jackie also winning her a nod. Rounding out the group are Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Mike & Molly's Melissa McCarthy.

The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on August 25. Seth Meyers will host proceedings.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards main nominations

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
True Detective
House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls
Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
The White Queen
Bonnie and Clyde

Outstanding Television Movie
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Killing Kennedy
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Kristen Wiig, Spoils of Babylon
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero