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Game Of Thrones Leads Emmy Nominations

Australians have had mixed success at this year's Emmy nomination ceremony, with Ben Mendelsohn scoring a nod and Frances O'Connor and Nicole Kidman missing out.

There were plenty of surprise nominations and snubs across the categories for TV's biggest awards show.

Game of Thrones ruled the ceremony with 24 nominations, including one for outstanding drama series, while American Horror: Freak Show had 19 and Olive Kitteridge 13.

TV drama Mad Men, after its final season, was showered with 11 nominations including challenging Game of Thrones for drama series, and Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks picking up acting nods.

Mendelsohn is nominated in the supporting actor in a drama series for his role in Netflix's Bloodline.

Streaming TV service Netflix, with 34 nominations, continues to challenge the traditional commercial TV networks and pay TV channels.

Mendelsohn will compete with Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Michael Kelly (House of Cards).

Bloodline is set in the Florida Keys and Mendelsohn plays Danny Rayburn, the black sheep of a family who gets caught up in the criminal world.

The 46-year-old actor from Melbourne, who had his big break in the 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, has become a favourite supporting cast member in Hollywood in recent years with roles in The Dark Knight Rises and is currently filming Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.

O'Connor was considered a strong chance in the supporting actress in a movie or limited series category for the BBC production The Missing, but the nominations were dominated by American Horror Story trio Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson.

Kidman's Grace of Monaco was planned as a theatrical release in the US, but when producer Harvey Weinstein halted that amidst controversy the movie was held back and debuted on US cable TV channel Lifetime, giving it a shot at Emmy nominations.

Despite being a critical disaster, Kidman's star power was expected to get her an Emmy nomination but she missed out.

Grace of Monaco did get a TV movie nomination.

Among the major snubs in key categories were the year's biggest hit, Empire (no nominations for drama series or lead actor Terrence Howard), Walking Dead (drama series or acting nods), The Good Wife (Julianna Margulies), The Americans (Keri Russell) and Masters of Sex (Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen).

Competing for the drama series Emmy: Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; Mad Men; House of Cards; Orange is the New Black; Homeland; and Better Call Saul.

Comedy series: Louie; Modern Family; Parks and Recreation; Veep; Silicon Valley; Transparent; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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

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

Late night talkshow veteran, Dave Letterman, in his final year, is the sentimental favourite for variety talk series.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold the 2015 Emmy Awards on September 20 in Los Angeles with Andy Samberg hosting.


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