Emmys 2015: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men,' 'Transparent' Nominated

'House of Cards,' 'Better Call Saul' and 'Orange Is the New Black' also receive multiple nominations

Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley announcing the 2015 Emmy nominees on July 16th, 2015.

Game of Thrones, Mad Men, House of Cards and Transparent are among the shows that received multiple nominations in major categories for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. Game of Thrones alone received 24 nominations. Better Call Saul, Louie, Homeland, Veep and Orange Is the New Black also got notable nods. The awards ceremony, which Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Andy Samberg will host, will be broadcast live on Fox on September 20th at 8 p.m. EST.

HBO's unstoppable fantasy series Game of Thrones earned nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) and Supporting Actress (Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke), among many others. The advertising-and-alcoholism–focused Sixties period piece Mad Men, which ended its run this year, scored nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and acting nods for Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks. Netflix's presidential corruption odyssey House of Cards landed nominations in four similar categories, with a nominations in the Drama Series category and for Kevin Spacey's, Robin Wright's and Michael Kelly's acting. Also notable was the Academy's recognition of Amazon's transgender-themed family drama Transparent, which is up for two major categories, Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actor for Jeffrey Tambor.

Other notable recognitions include Better Call Saul, which nabbed nominations in the drama series and acting categories (for Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks), Inside Amy Schumer (Outstanding Variety Series) and a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nod for Tatiana Maslany for her nuanced character in Orphan Black.

Snubs this year include Fox's hip-hop industry drama Empire, which could have made it into the Drama category, though the Academy did recognize Taraji P. Henson's acting, and consistent ratings blockbuster The Big Bang Theory, whose Jim Parsons is often nominated. Also, though The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt scored a nomination, its star Ellie Kemper was not recognized for her indefatigably ebullient character. And Showtime's drama The Affair, which made critical waves for its multifaceted acting and storytelling, was also overlooked.

As with last year's nominations, the Academy is beginning to look beyond traditional TV platforms for quality programming. Each of the outstanding drama and comedy categories feature notable Internet-only shows (Amazon's Transparent and Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for comedy, and Netflix's House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black for drama). Moreover, the comedy category contains only two over-the-air programs (Parks and Recreation and the ubiquitous Modern Family) and drama recognizes only one (Downton Abbey).

The nominations were read by Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deely on Thursday at an event in Los Angeles. Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, also surprised both hosts with the news that they had been nominated. Aduba, who's now up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, visibly jumped at the news. "That was not in rehearsal," she exclaimed. "No way. Oh, my God."

Here are the nominations for the major categories of the 2015 Emmys:

Outstanding Comedy Series
Transparent
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep
Parks and Recreation
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series
Homeland
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Better Call Saul

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Freakshow
American Crime
The Honorable Woman
Olive Kitteridge
Wolf Hall

Outstanding Television Movie
Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case
Bessie
Grace of Monoco
Hello Ladies: The Movie
Killing Jesus
Nightingale

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Adrian Brody, Houdini
Ricky Gervais, Derek Special
Timothy Hutton, American Crime
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Richard Cabral, American Crime
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Regina King, American Crime
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freakshow
Mo’Nique, Bessie
Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Keegan-Michael Peele, Key & Peele
Adam Driver, Girls
Tituss Burgess, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night LIve
Jane Krakowski, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Variety Talk Show
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Show With David Letterman
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Inside Amy Schumer
Drunk History
Key & Peele
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice