Mad Men and Kate Winslet’s drama Mildred Pierce have landed top nominations at this year’s Emmys in the US.

Sky Atlantic’s melodramatic mini-series Mildred Pierce grabbed a top 21 bids, including one for British star Kate.

Mad Men, set in 1960s America, captured 19 and has a chance to win a fourth consecutive year as best drama. Its stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss are up for lead acting honours.

Modern Family, last year’s top comedy series, was the most-nominated sitcom with 17 bids.

Other leading nominees include the Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire with 18 nominations, Saturday Night Live with 16 and sex-and-swords fantasy Game of Thrones and the sitcom 30 Rock with 13 bids each.

The controversial sitcom starring Katie Holmes, The Kennedys, which was dropped by the History channel, received 10 nominations, including best miniseries.

Familiar faces have a chance to claim – or reclaim – Emmys, including last year’s lead comedy actress winner Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie and Jim Parsons, best actor for a comedy for The Big Bang Theory. Both were nominated this year.

Steve Carell earned a best comedy actor for his final season of The Office, his last chance to win an Emmy statuette for his role as TV’s most clueless boss.

Matt LeBlanc, best known for his role as Joey in Friends, received a lead comedy actor bid for playing a screen version of himself in the satirical showbiz series Episodes.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on September 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Glee actress Jane Lynch.