Emmy Nominations: Nods to Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Detective

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Television honors its own Aug. 25, when the Primetime Emmys are handed out. And in addition to some familiar names up for the big trophy, some new nominees joined the contest when the television academy unveiled its nominees in a pre-dawn announcement this morning.

And there's quite a bit of star power in this year's nominees, including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts, who all made appearances this past year on the small screen.

HBO leads the pack with 99 total nominations, including 19 for, you guessed it, Game of Thrones, the most of any show this year.

Netflix continues its stunning success with 31 total nominations, including 13 for House of Cards and 12 for Orange is the New Black.

Other big contenders are FX's Fargo (18 nominations), American Horror Story (17 nominations), Breaking Bad (16 nominations) and HBO's movie The Normal Heart (16 nominations).

Up for best TV comedy series are The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Veep.

Best drama nominees are Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, House of Cards and True Detective.