Besides "American Horror Story: Asylum," others nominated in the miniseries or movie category are "Behind the Candelabra," ''Phil Spector," ''Political Animals," ''Top of the Lake" and "The Bible," which was a hit for the History channel and is getting a sequel on NBC.
Hot British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who gained fame in "Sherlock" and played the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness," is nominated as best lead actor in the movie and miniseries category for "Parade's End."
In the comedy series category, nominees are "The Big Bang Theory," ''Girls," ''Louie," ''Modern Family," ''Veep" and "30 Rock," recognized for its final season. Another outgoing comedy, "The Office," didn't receive a best series nod.
Joining Spacey in the contest for best drama series actor are Hugh Bonneville of "Downton Abbey"; Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"; Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom" and Damian Lewis of "Homeland," last year's winner.
Kevin Bacon, one of the big-screen stars trying their hand at TV, was not recognized in the category for "The Following."
"Breaking Bad," now in its final episodes on AMC, goes out with a best drama Emmy nomination.
"What's so great about this thing is it's going to bring us all back together. A little family reunion. So we get to come back together and celebrate the time we had together and the work that we did. It's very exciting," said "Breaking Bad" actor and best supporting nominee Aaron Paul, who co-hosted the award announcement with Neil Patrick Harris, a last-minute substitute for "House of Cards" actress Kate Mara.
Actresses nominated for their drama series work include Robin Wright of "House of Cards"; Vera Farmiga of "Bates Hotel"; Michelle Dockery of "Downtown Abbey;" Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men"; Connie Britton of "Nashville"; and Kerry Washington of "Scandal." Claire Danes, last year's winner for "Homeland," also got a nod.
Besides Bateman, the nominees for best actor in a comedy are Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory": Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes"; Don Cheadle for "House of Lies"; Louis C.K. for "Louie" and Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock."
Jon Cryer, last year's surprise winner for "Two and a Half Men," didn't make the cut this year.
Actresses competing for top comedy acting honors are Laura Dern for "Enlightened"; Lena Dunham for "Girls"; Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie"; Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who claimed the trophy last year for "Veep."
Most of the 2012 trophy holders have a chance to repeat.
Maggie Smith was nominated again as best supporting actress in a drama for "Downton Abbey," which has brought her two trophies. Julie Bowen is up for supporting actress in a comedy for "Modern Family."
However, Eric Stonestreet, who claimed the supporting actor award last year for the show, was snubbed while castmates Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell got nods.
HBO received a leading 108 nominations, up a third over last year, followed by CBS and NBC with 53 each, ABC with 45, Showtime with 31 and AMC and FX Networks with 26 each. PBS has 24 and Fox received 19.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sept. 22 on CBS.
AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.
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