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It's that time of the year again, when the best and brightest of the TV world learn whether they'll be able to walk down the red carpet and get smashed on free champagne come September. Yes, the nominations for this year's Emmy Awards were announced this morning.

We really are in the golden age of television at the moment and this is clearly reflected in the nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. There are some real heavy hitters in there, with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Downton Abbey (we love a British accent) all in the mix. It's going to be really tough to pick a winner here. My prediction? Mad Men by a nose.

The competition is equally fierce for Outstanding Comedy Series, with some older shows like The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Modern Family going up against newcomers Girls and Veep.

Speaking of newcomers, scored a nomination for her role in New Girl, and it's good to see Louie C.K. get a nod for his excellent show, Louie.

One category that could be a little more straightforward is Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, with Modern Family snaring four of the six nominations.

Overall Mad Men and American Horror Story lead the way with 17 nominations each, with Downton Abbey and Hatfields & McCoys in second place with 16.

Here is a list of the nominees for the big categories. The rest can be found here.

What do you guys think? Is Mad Men better than Game of Thrones? What was the best comedy show of the past 12 months? What show will walk away with the most gongs? Feel free to speculate wildly below.

The Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 23rd.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

30 Rock


Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath - Girls • HBO

Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn - Mike & Molly • CBS

Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day - New Girl • FOX

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton - Nurse Jackie • Showtime

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope - Parks And Recreation • NBC

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon - 30 Rock • NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer - Veep • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Larry David as Himself - Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan - House Of Lies • Showtime

Louis C.K. as Louie - Louie • FX Networks

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock • NBC

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper - Two And A Half Men • CBS

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Breaking Bad • AMC

Downton Abbey • PBS

Game Of Thrones • HBO

Homeland • Showtime

Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes - Damages • DirecTV

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley - Downton Abbey • PBS

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick - The Good Wife • CBS

Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn - Harry's Law • NBC

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison - Homeland • Showtime

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson - Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson - Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Bryan Cranston as Walter White - Breaking Bad • AMC

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan - Dexter • Showtime

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham - Downton Abbey • PBS

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody - Homeland • Showtime

Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Mad Men • AMC


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