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American Horror Story: Asylum topped the Primetime Emmy Award nominations Thursday with 17, while Kerry Washington made history.

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The Scandal star nabbed a Best Drama Lead Actress nomination, becoming only the fifth African-American actress to be nominated in the category and the first in 18 years. She's up against Connie Britton

(Nashville), defending champ Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).

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Homeland will try to defend its Best Drama Series crown against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Mad Men.

House of Cards also earned acting nominations for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, but its fellow and Netflix series and former Emmy champ Arrested Development was snubbed in the Best Comedy Series race.

Modern Family will gun for a four-peat in Comedy Series against The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, 30 Rock and Veep.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

Check out the nominees below.

Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family
30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christine Baranski
, The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin
, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWill Arnett, Arrested DevelopmentTy Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyBill Hader, Saturday Night LiveEd O'Neill, Modern FamilyTony Hale, VeepSupporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky, Veep
Jane Krakowski, 30 RockJane Lynch, GleeSofia Vergara, Modern FamilyMerritt Wever, Nurse JackieTV Movie/MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story: AsylumBehind the CandelabraThe BiblePhil Spector
Political AnimalsTop of the LakeActor in a TV Movie/MiniseriesBenedict Cumberbatch, Parade's EndMatt Damon, Behind the CandelabraMichael Douglas, Behind the CandelabraAl Pacino, Phil Spector
Toby Jones, The GirlActress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: HereafterHelen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the LakeSigourney Weaver, Political AnimalsSupporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Scott Bakula, Behind the CandelabraJames Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: AsylumSupporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: AsylumCharlotte Rampling, RestlessImelda Staunton, The GirlAlfre Woodard, Steel MagnoliasReality-Competition Program
The Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe VoiceReality Host
Anthony Bourdain, The TasteTom Bergeron, Dancing with the StarsCat Deeley, So You Think You Can DanceHeidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project RunwayRyan Seacrest, American IdolBetty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesThe Colbert ReportThe Daily Show with Jon StewartJimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night Live