HBO, Netflix and NBC score in Emmy race thanks to strong series

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If you're used to seeing Game of Thrones over and over again on the Emmy Awards ballot (so far it has won a record-breaking 38 times), this year's nominations may have confused you.

With 110 nominations, HBO leads the pack, narrowly followed by Netflix with 91 nods.

And though Westworld lead all dramas with 22 nominations, it was tied by Saturday Night Live, which itself got 22 nominations on the comedy side.

Seth Meyers, who is doing terrific work on NBC's "Late Night", didn't get a nomination, while James Corden's competing "Late Late Show" (which seems stuck in a rut) did. But just to keep things interesting, the academy also nominated Atlanta, Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Riz Ahmed, Ewan McGregor, Geoffrey Rush and John Turturro will also be expecting nominations, while other big name contenders in the category include Benedict Cumberbatch and Jude Law.

The series up for outstanding drama are Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld.

Master of None and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt were also nominated for outstanding comedy series, while Stranger Things, The Crown and House of Cards were nominated in the drama category.

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"Feud", a fictionalized account of the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis that aired on FX, was one of Thursday's top-nominated shows. According to a spokesperson, the discrepancy was the result of the omission of the nominations of two guest actors in a drama series on "This Is Us" in their count for the network and two nominees - "Jay Leno's Garage" and "Behind the Voice" - being misattributed to NBC.com and YouTube instead of the parent network.

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"When we started on this journey, we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide", said "Big Little Lies" star Nicole Kidman, who was among four of actresses on the limited series to get Emmy nominations. Colbert won in the Nielsen company's ratings for the ninth consecutive time last week, his margin of 400,000 viewers the widest lead since the CBS star overtook Fallon with a sharp concentration on politics.

"House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, a double Oscar victor who has never won an Emmy, should pick up a nomination in the best drama actor category.

Among performers, even with a glut of low-rated premium shows, the Emmys certainly won't lack for star power.

The 69th Emmy Awards will air live on CBS on September 17, hosted by Stephen Colbert. "It means so much to see the overwhelming amount of acknowledgement for our incredible cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring Joan and Bette's stories to the screen, and I'm so pleased that so many of them were recognized today". For the complete list, visit emmys.com.

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