The Sopranos lead Primetime Emmy nominations

Hit mob series The Sopranos and TV movie Bury my heart at wounded knee, lead the 2007

Hit mob series The Sopranos and TV movie Bury my heart at wounded knee, lead the 2007

Primetime Emmy Award nominations with 15 and 17 nods respectively.

The Sopranos is nominated for Best Drama, while the show's star James Gandolfini has been praised in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category for his role as mafia boss Tony Soprano.

Co-star Edie Falco, who portrayed Carmela Soprano, is up for the Outstanding Lead Actress award, while Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro and Lorraine Bracco have also received nods for their supporting roles.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee scooped nominations including Outstanding Made For Television Movie, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for stars August Schellenberg (who plays Sitting Bull) and Aidan Quinn (Senator Dawes), while Anna Paquin (Elaine Goodale) is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Meanwhile, actress Mary-Louise Parker scored two nominations for two different roles - Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (The Robber Bride) and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series (Weeds).

But the Primetime Emmy nominations - announced on Thursday - had a big shock in store for fans of Desperate Housewives, Lost and Kiefer Sutherland's 24 - all three programmes missed out on the Best Drama category. Instead, The Sopranos will battle it out against Heroes, Boston

Legal and medical dramas House and Grey's Anatomy.

Elsewhere, hit comedy Ugly Betty was nominated in 11 categories, including Best Comedy Actress for star America Ferrera and Outstanding Comedy Series, where it will compete against Entourage, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men and The Office.

The 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on 16 September.

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