Game of Thrones led the nominations, receiving 23 Emmy nods - including two for best supporting actor and three for best supporting actress. (The series and several of its stars won nominations this year as well.) That same year, the Web series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" also won an Emmy for creative achievement in interactive media, the first time a YouTube series won that kind of traditional accolade.
But Emmy voters appear to have ignored his failure to truly inhabit the role of O.J. Simpson and have given him a surprise Lead Actor in a Limited Series nod alongside his co-star and potential victor Courtney B. Vance.
In the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, Emilia Clarke got nominated for her dominating performance as Daenerys Targaryen, along with Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.
While the financial benefit to being nominated and potentially winning an Emmy isn't a direct one, the honor comes with increased leveraging power for the networks, shows and show runners, as well as the actors and other talent involved.
GOT won a record-breaking 12 awards in 2015, and delivered nearly a quarter of network HBO's 94 nods. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Odenkirk was nominated for outstanding actor in a drama series for his role in the series. And Maggie Smith returned to contention, after a year off, in the supporting actress in a drama series category for the sixth and final season of PBS's Downton Abbey. I'm an Anglophile, and I love the show, but there is no way it was one of the six best dramas of the year. For most TV critics or even hard-core fans, coming up with an alternative list of worthy nominees in the major categories wouldn't be hard to do. Still, if voters were going to grow exhausted of a Netflix show, most would have expected it to be House of Cards, which did well, instead of Orange Is the New Black - which really, really didn't.
American political parody Veep, starring Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is the most nominated comedy on 17. Meanwhile, directors Jack Bender, who directed "The Door" episode, is slated to go against Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the "Battle of the Bastards" episode, for the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award.
Britons Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston will compete for best lead actor in a limited series or movie, while James Corden's Late, Late Show is nominated for outstanding talk series.
In a true sign of the times, it was a cable and streaming sweep on Thursday as Emmy voters again largely snubbed the broadcast networks.
On the comedy side, "Veep", "black-ish" and "Master of None" will tussle for the trophy with five-time champ "Modern Family", "Transparent", "Silicon Valley" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".
Jimmy Kimmel will host the 68th annual awards from Los Angeles on September 18. Seven-time Emmy victor Dreyfus has won the lead actress Emmy the past four years.