Netflix receives more Emmy nominations than HBO

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The drama missed the awards in 2017 because of its production schedule but this year's nominations include nods for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

"It has been another exceptional year in television marked by extraordinary storytelling from a wealth of diverse and innovative content creators", Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said in a statement. She added a postscript: "I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied".

For the first time since 2001, HBO did not lead the nominations.

"Maisel" and Sarah Silverman's new late-night show earned Emmy nominations on Thursday. HBO had 108 and NBC 78.

"Games of Thrones", a worldwide hit, got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series.

Add up all the award nominations and Netflix is now the top Emmy nominated "network", a term that we can now apply in the loosest of terms.

The series had been expected to dominate the acting races among the limited series and TV movies - and indeed it did, with Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin all nominated.

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John Legend is in a position to join the elite EGOT club. He'd be the 13th person to pull it off, not counting honourary awards.

One show that stars a pair of local natives and has been nominated in the past was shut out in every major category. The Rock's Ballers on HBO was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series.

"Game of Thrones", which sat out the awards past year because it missed the eligibility window, received 22 nominations, the most of any series.

The Emmys recognize programs shown in the year to May 31, meaning some of the usual heavy hitters - from "Better Call Saul" to "House of Cards" and "Veep" - are absent this time around.

Kelly Jenrette ("The Handmaid's Tale") and Tiffany Haddish (guest host, "Saturday Night Live") received their first Emmy nominations in the guest actress categories for drama and comedy, respectively.

Donald Glover's "Atlanta" was the top comedy nominee with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of this year's absence of three-time victor 'Veep'.

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