Game of Thrones, SNL and Behind the Candelabra Lead This Year’s Emmy Race

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, in Homeland (left) and Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, in Game of Thrones

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07/18/2013 AT 9:15 AM ET

Will Homeland again take home the Emmy, or is it time for Game of Thrones to claim the crown?

And which sitcom will get the last laugh?

Some of the answers were revealed early Thursday morning, with the announcement of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and last-minute announcer (and ubiquitous TV host) Neil Patrick Harris.

Leading the race for network, cable, on-demand and, now, the Internet’s highest honor: American Horror Story: Asylum received the most nods, 17, followed by 16 for Game of Thrones, 15 for Behind the Candelabra and Saturday Night Live, 13 for Breaking Bad and 30 Rock, and 12 for Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Modern Family.

In the top categories, the nominees are:

Outstanding Drama Series
• Breaking Bad
• Downton Abbey
• Game of Thrones
• Homeland
• House of Cards
• Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
• Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
• Jeff Daniels, Newsroom
• Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Damian Lewis Homeland
• Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

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

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