LOS ANGELES (AP) - Power-and-blood fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" ruled the Emmy Award nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, "The People v. O.J. Simpson", was close behind with 22 nods. The show received 24 nominations past year, and won its first best drama Emmy. The nominees are: "American Crime"; "Fargo"; "The Night Manager"; "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; "Roots". The best hope of the former, Downton, delivered, but the best hope of the latter, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, came up short in both the comedy series and actress categories, with Golden Globe victor Rachel Bloom failing to get a nom.
Mr. Robot could have done even better, but for its first year, we'll settle for a best show nod and Malek's nomination.
Meanwhile, Dame Maggie Smith is up for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Downton Abbey. Paulson has been nominated for Emmys for the past four years, without a win.
Viola Davis was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder". The CBS legal drama "The Good Wife", which ended its seven-season run in May, was the last major netork show to crack the list, earning a nomination in 2011.
Amusing woman Amy Schumer got a nomination for "Outstanding Comedy Actress" in her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer.
"When we finished the incredible journey of creating this groundbreaking project, 'The People v. OJ Simpson, ' we all knew we'd created something incredibly wonderful and special together", Vance said via his social media channels. The series breaks the mold of traditional talk shows with each episode varying in length and location, and Seinfeld poking fun of the show's overt auto product placements.
So prevalent is GoT on the Emmys short lists that two supporting actors, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harrington, are competing for an Emmy, as are three supporting actresses-Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams.
For the second straight year the 47-year-old Melbourne actor has received an Emmy nomination for his role in the Netflix TV series Bloodline, adding to a Golden Globe nod he scored last year for the show.
African-American actor Anthony Anderson, who co-hosted the Emmy nomination announcements, shouted with joy as he was named a contender for best comedy actor in the ABC sitcom "black-ish".
Comedy series nominations went to "black-ish", "Master of None", "Modern Family", "Silicon Valley", "Transparent", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Veep".
Gooding and Vance will compete with Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All The Way", Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)", Idris Elba in "Luther" and Tom Hiddleston in "The Night Manager".
Winners of the Emmy Awards, voted on by the 20,000-plus members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will be presented September 18 at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Some of the winners will be announced at the Creative Arts Awards on Sept. 17 on FXX before the ABC telecast of the Emmy Awards on September 18 at 7 p.m. ET.