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Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations 2015

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Game of Thrones is leading the Emmy award nominations with 24 nominations.

American Horror Story: Freak Show and mini-series Olive Kitteridge received 19 and 13 nominations.

House of Cards, Mad Men are up for 11 nominations while Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall are up for eight.

Wolf Hall's Mark Rylance is up against Ricky Gervais and David Oyelowo in the best actor in a mini-series or film category.

Gervais is shortlisted for his role in the Derek Special while Oyelowo has been recognised for his role as Peter Snowden in Nightingale.

Rylance's co-star Damian Lewis is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.

Emma Thompson is up for best actress in a mini-series or film for her part in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Live From Lincoln Center - she is up against Maggie Gyllenhaal for her role in the BBC drama The Honourable Woman.

Queen Latifah, Jessica Lange, Felicity Huffman and Frances McDormand have also been nominated in that category.

Notable omissions include Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory who has won four times for best actor in a comedy and is the best paid actor on US television.

Julianna Margulies, who won best actress in a drama series for The Good Wife last year, didn't get a nomination and hit show Empire missed out on a best drama nomination.

Image caption Wolf Hall is up for eight nominations including best actor for Mark Rylance

Friends stars

There are nominations for former Friends co-stars - Matt Le Blanc, who played Joey, has been nominated for his part in comedy series Episodes while Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe has made the shortlist for her part in The Comeback.

Gervais's Office collaborator Stephen Merchant has landed a nomination for his TV movie Hello Ladies: The Movie - he has a writing nod for that film too.

It is up against ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case, Bessie, Killing Jesus, Nightingale and the critically maligned Grace of Monaco.

Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt have been nominated for their roles in Downton Abbey.

While Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg from Game Of Thrones all make the acting award categories.

Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black and Cat Deeley presenter of So You Think You Can Dance announced the nominees for the 67th annual awards.

Their shows were nominated and they received personal nominations for awards too.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on 20 September.

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