HBO's 'Game of Thrones' leads nominations for television's Emmy awards


Streaming service Netflix had the most nominations, at 112, followed by HBO with 108.

A whopping five first-year dramas made the cut for best series nominations in 2017, Amazon's The Handmaid's Tale, which won, Netflix's The Crown and Stranger Things, HBO's Westworld and NBC's This Is Us.

Ozark's Jason Bateman received a nomination for best actor and director in a drama series, and Black Mirror's "USS Callister" was nominated for Best Television Movie.

Another streamed series, Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", earned 20 nominations and a chance to defend its title as best drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy ceremony airing September 17 on NBC. The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each.

WWE did not get any of the Emmy nominations they were gunning for.

"I feel tremendous gratitude and joy with this nomination" and am "thrilled" for the show's cast and crew, Oh said in a statement.

The comedy crown usually stored in the "Veep" trophy cabinet went this year to "Atlanta", the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods. Both Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) were snubbed in the Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories while Sophie Turner (Sophie Turner) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) missed out on Best Supporting Actress bids. Only one nominations category is all-white, and in three categories minority actors account for more than half the nominees.

For the most part, though, this year's categories mark a pretty fair representation of TV's best and brightest, while adding drama to the battle that's been brewing to its two foremost bidders for awards prestige.

The Handmaid's Tale was one of the big winners with 20 nominations overall.

However, there were a number of others who were nominated for the first time for longer-running shows.