‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations

Critic's picks for Emmy nominations Expect 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Atlanta'

Even with its first big Emmy contender not in the running after HOC's final season was delayed (and nearly derailed) by inappropriate behavior allegations against original star Kevin Spacey, Netflix still led the network pack this year with a total of 112 nominations, up from 91 last year and 54 in 2016.

"Game of Thrones", "Saturday Night Live", "Westworld" and "The Handmaid's Tale" collected the most Emmy Award nominations on Thursday morning. And with the $8 billion that chief content officer Ted Sarandos expects to throw at original programming this year, next year's Emmy noms may look rather similar.

Comparatively, not one of the 10 most nominated shows this year comes from Netflix, showing that there's plenty of award-worthy entertainment across the platform - not just genre nominated shows like Stranger Things and Black Mirror, but also the likes of Ozark, Godless, Glow, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and The Crown.

"HBO is very pleased with its 108 nominations, especially the wide range over so many categories", the network said in a statement.

Some of TV's biggest stars, as well as headline-grabbing shows, failed to get nominations this year. Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" comes in second with 20 nominations. That's because the streaming giant put an end to the premium cable channel's 17-year streak of garnering the most total nominations.

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.

The top comedy nominee is Donald Glover's Atlanta, with 16.

The short-lived revival of "Roseanne", canceled because of star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet in May, drew only one major nomination: a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf.

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