Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife and Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire are all in the running, while Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to 30 Rock, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation.

The most nominated show was Mildred Pierce - the HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet earned a total of 21 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and recognition for the Titanic beauty for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries.

30 Rock's Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, and The Office's Steve Carell are also set to compete for top acting awards.

The nominees were announced live from Hollywood on Thursday morning by Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy, who found herself lost for words after hearing her name announced as a contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Mike & Molly.
She exclaimed, "Oh my god, yikes!"
The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 18th. Glee star Jane Lynch will host.

 The main list of nominees is as follows:
 Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series:

 The Colbert Report
 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
 Saturday Night Live
 Real Time with Bill Maher
 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

 Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
 Tina Fey - 30 Rock
 Laura Linney - The Big C
 Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
 Martha Plimpton - Raising Hope
 Amy Poehler - Parks And Recreation
 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

 Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
 Louis C.K. - Louie
 Steve Carell - The Office
 Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
 Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
 Johnny Galecki - The Big Bang Theory
 Outstanding Comedy Series:

 The Big Bang Theory
 Modern Family
 The Office
 Parks and Recreation
 30 Rock
 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

 Taraji P. Henson - Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
 Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
 Jean Marsh - Upstairs Downstairs
 Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey
 Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce
 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

 Idris Elba - Luther
 William Hurt - Too Big To Fail
 Greg Kinnear - The Kennedys
 Barry Pepper - The Kennedys
 Edgar Ramirez - Carlos
 Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood
 Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program:

 Tom Bergeron - Dancing With The Stars
 Cat Deeley - So You Think You Can Dance
 Phil Keoghan - The Amazing Race
 Jeff Probst - Survivor
 Ryan Seacrest - American Idol
 Outstanding Reality Competition:

 The Amazing Race
 Dancing With The Stars
 American Idol
 So You Think You Can Dance
 Project Runway
 Top Chef
 Outstanding Drama:

 Boardwalk Empire
 Friday Night Lights
 Game of Thrones
 The Good Wife
 Mad Men
 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama:

 Kathy Bates - Harry's Law
 Connie Britton - Friday Night Lights
 Mireille Enos - The Killing
 Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
 Mariska Hargitay - Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
 Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama:

 Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
 Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights
 Michael C. Hall - Dexter
 Jon Hamm - Mad Men
 Hugh Laurie - House
 Timothy Olyphant - Justified
 Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

 Downtown Abbey
 The Kennedys
 Cinema Verite
 Mildred Pierce
 Pillars of the Earth
 Too Big To Fail.