'Game Of Thrones' nominated for 16 Emmys
Published 19/07/2013 | 05:00
'GAME Of Thrones' is leading the Irish charge at this year's Emmy Awards after picking up 16 nominations.
The HBO fantasy series starring Ciaran Hinds, Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham, which is largely shot in Belfast, received the second-highest nomination count, just one behind 'American Horror Story: Asylum'.
'Game Of Thrones' will go up against 'Breaking Bad', 'Downton Abbey', 'Homeland', 'House Of Cards' and 'Mad Men' for the Best Drama Series title.
It also has nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama categories, with Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in the running.
Also up for a gong at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 22 are film-maker Neil Jordan's recently axed series 'The Borgias'.
IFTA-winning documentary 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God' and 10-part production 'Vikings' starring Gabriel Byrne are also nominated.
'The Borgias' has been shortlisted for six awards while 'Mea Maxima Culpa' is up for five.
'Vikings', which was filmed entirely in Co Wicklow, is in the running for Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Other nominees include Irish production designer Donal Woods, who was recognised for an episode of 'Downton Abbey', in the Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series category.
'The Bible', produced by Derry's Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett for the History Channel, also received three nods and will be hoping to take home the gong for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
'House Of Cards', which stars Kevin Spacey and airs only on movie and TV website Netflix, has made history with a top drama series nomination, the first time that US television's awards have recognised a programme broadcast online.
'Downton Abbey' picked up 12 major nominations.