'Game of Thrones' leads Emmys field with 23 nominations

Williams: "I am so grateful to be a part of Game of Thrones, so to be nominated for an Emmy is beyond words, but I would like to say thank you to [author George R.R. Martin] for creating such an awesome character and to [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] and everyone associated with the show who bring Arya to life". "Game of Thrones" again amassed the most recognition of any program.

Limited Series or Movie, Lead Actor: Bryan Cranston, "All the Way"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"; Tom Hiddleston, "The Night Manager"; Courtney B. Vance, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; Cuba Gooding Jr., "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story".

The choices for outstanding drama series looked familiar with "Game of Thrones", "Better Call Saul", "Downton Abbey", "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Mr. Robot" while fans were thrilled with this year's inclusion of "The Americans".

Here are the big takeaways from this year's Emmy nominees. For three years, the show had been shut out of all the major categories, but voters finally recognized it for outstanding drama series, and also nominated its superb leads, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell. Breaking through into the top drama field, the night's most-prized category, is no easy feat.

Nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday morning. This year's double- or even triple-dippers include previous three-time Emmy victor Laurie Metcalf in the lead comedy category for "Getting On", as well as for her comedic guest work on "The Big Bang Theory" and for the drama "Horace and Pete". In total, 151 drama series and 96 comedies were in the running for nominations this year, up from 143 and 81, respectively, last year. And Netflix's riveting Making a Murderer nabbed six nominations. The groundbreaking transgender-themed comedy "Transparent" is its Emmy standard-bearer with 10 nominations, including best comedy series and best lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, who won the trophy previous year. WGN America's Underground, about the Underground Railroad, and Netflix's Narcos, following Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), were also passed over in major categories.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards nominations told us what is already evident - the power and reputation of streaming services Netflix and Amazon are on the rise, and broadcast networks and even longtime premium cable star HBO are paying the price. ABC's "American Crime" was also nominated for its second season, which revolved around a sexual assault.

"Modern Family" was nominated for best comedy - no surprise since it won the award for five straight years.

But HBO reigned supreme as usual.

HBO's fantasy hit scored 23 nominations Thursday morning, including its most acting nods ever, and the show's stars are understandably thrilled. In this image released by HBO, Peter Dinklage appears in a scene from "Game of Thrones". And don't overlook ABC's American Crime, which had a stellar second season and could also walk away with a trophy.

Conventional wisdom once had it that familiarity breeds Emmy nominations.

"We are incredibly proud of this series, and pleased that the Television Academy has honored the creative vision of Sam Esmail, Rami's unrivaled lead actor performance, and Christian, Portia, Carly and the entire stellar cast and crew of Mr. Robot", said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

An outstanding short form variety series category has been created, along with outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series and outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama categories.

The Television Academy has a history of nominating some of the same series and actors year after year (hello "Modern Family'), as long as the quality has not completely fallen off and series is still on the air". "It's nice to see a wide spectrum of diversity and not just what people (usually) talk about", which is "how many black actors are nominated".

But those are minor quibbles, and overall, this is a pleasantly impressive list of nominees.

The Emmys site has the complete list of nominees, all of whom will face off on September 18, when the awards ceremony takes place.

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