‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

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This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones” emerged as the leader in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announced on Thursday. It earned 19 bids, including best drama series.

See photos of the nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

66th Prime-Time Emmy Awards: Nominees

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Mindy Kaling, left, and Carson Daly announce the nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)
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This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Macall B. Polay)
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This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." Spacey was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 10, 2014, for his role as Frank Underwood. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)
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FILE - This image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a scene from the series finale of "Breaking Bad." Cranston was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 10, 2014, for his role as Walter White. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote, file)
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This publicity image released by Starz shows Janet McTeer, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in "The White Queen," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best miniseries. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Starz, Ed Miller)
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This image released by Netflix shows Ricky Gervais in a scene from "Derek." Gervais was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a comedy on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix)
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This image released by FX shows Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Paulson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
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This image released by FX shows Jessica Lange as Fiona in a scene from "American Horror Story: Coven." Lange was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Michele K. Short)
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This image release by HBO shows Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks in a scene from "The Normal Heart." Ruffalo was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/HBO)
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In this Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 photo, actor Idris Elba poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif. Elba was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in "Luther," on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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This image released by FX shows Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in a scene from "Fargo." Thornton was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a miniseries or movie on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/FX, Chris Large)

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, on NBC, with host Seth Meyers, the former “Saturday Night Live” player and new NBC late-night host. The ceremony, traditionally held on Sunday, was moved to avoid a conflict with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and with MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Report compiled with information from The Associated Press.