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This image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a scene from the series finale of "Breaking Bad." Cranston was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 10, 2014, for his role as Walter White. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote, File)

Mindy Kaling (left) and Carson Daly announce the nominations for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)

In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Taylor Schilling, from left, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks attend Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. There is fierce jockeying for Emmy nominations in the premier drama and comedy series categories, with newcomers "True Detective" and "Orange is the New Black" making strategic moves to boost their chances. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

This image released by HBO shows Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The series garnered 19 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 10, 2014, including one for best drama series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)
Emmy nominations 2014: 'Modern Family' up for fifth win, 'Orphan Black' snubbed
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

It’s summer TV time, but it’s also Emmys time. 

The Emmy nominations for 2014 were announced Thursday, July 10, and as usual, there were obvious choices and total snubs.

Here’s my breakdown of this year’s nominations:

Surprise nominations

While “Mad Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Breaking Bad” and this year’s season of “American Horror Story” are obvious returning nominations, there were a few unexpected twists.

“Bonnie and Clyde” was nominated for best miniseries. Considering many critics didn’t love the A&E, History and Lifetime show, which was plagued with historical inaccuracies, it was a shock to see it receive a nomination. It won’t win, though. The race will be between “American Horror Story: Coven,” and Billy Bob Thornton’s “Fargo.”

Melissa McCarthy is nominated for her work on “Mike & Molly.” Out of all the comedic actresses, I think there were other choices from shows more people are watching.

Biggest snubs

Andy Samberg, who (surprisingly) won the Golden Globe for his role on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” was left out of the Emmy race. The Fox comedy wasn’t nominated either.

“The Good Wife” received many deserved acting nominations, including Julianna Margulies 10th overall Emmy nomination — she had won once for “ER” in 1995 and once for “The Good Wife” in 2011, but the CBS show was left off the best drama category. Considering its rise to Sunday TV gold this season, I figured it would be a shoo-in for a nomination.

But perhaps the biggest snub of all was the omission of “Orphan Black.” It’s a show that may not appeal to everyone, but Tatiana Maslany plays multiple clones. Multiple! How does that not deserve a lead actress nomination?

“Modern Family” again?

The ABC comedy is up for outstanding comedy series for the fifth year in a row. 

It’s been nominated every year it’s been eligible, and it’s won every year so far.

Will the show take the win again? It could happen. “Modern Family” showcased touching moments that still turn out a laugh, including Cam and Mitchell’s (played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) wedding in the season 5 finale.

But I think a new show could take over, and with “Orange is the New Black” and “Silicon Valley” being first-time nominees, I expect the reign of “Modern Family” to end.

The conundrum of “Orange is the New Black” nominations

In its first year of eligibility, “Orange is the New Black,” the hit Netflix prison dramedy, snagged a decent amount of nominations. That’s no surprise, considering how popular and acclaimed the show is.

But what is surprising is what categories in which the actresses were nominated. Taylor Schilling (Piper) is in the lead actress category, with Kate Mulgrew (Red) is the supporting actress category.

Three actresses, however, are nominated in the guest actress category. Natasha LyonneUzo Aduba and Laverne Cox have been lumped together with Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”), Melissa McCarthy (“SNL”) and Joan Cusack (“Shameless”).

The last three are guest actresses for those shows. But the OITNB stars, while not the leading actresses, are certainly more than guest actresses. Aduba is credited with being in 37 of the show’s 39 episodes, and Lyonne is credited with being in every episode on IMDb. They had standout and background moments. The characters are key to the story, so to only put them in the guest actress seems a bit strange.

The Emmys will air at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 on NBC. The show will be hosted by Seth Meyers.

What do you think? What were your surprises and snubs?