Emmy Nominations 2017 | HBO Narrowly Beats Netflix and Other Upsets

Emmy nominees are announced by Shemar Moore and Anna Chlumsky on stage behind a podium next to a giant screen and red curtain backdrop

Shemar Moore and Anna Chlumsky announce the Emmys nominees. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

The 2017 Emmy nominations were announced today.  Even though we are two months out from the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO’s Game of Thrones, is ineligible for nominations due to its premiere date and it was anyone’s game. The golden age of TV has brought forth a battle between old and new school, and though the latter came close, the former still managed to hold onto its throne.

With 110 Emmy nominations, HBO leads the pack, narrowly followed by Netflix with 91 nods. HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies and The Night Of fared well, as did the cable network’s reigning champs Veep and Silicon Valley.

Netflix’s shining stars, House of Cards, Grace and Frankie, and Orange Is the New Black, brought in a couple of acting nods apiece. New series Stranger Things and The Crown, both of which garnered significant press, were also acknowledged. The streaming giant seems poised to take home the win for Best Drama Series, with three horses in the race.

FX, a subsidiary of Fox, did surprisingly well too. King of the anthology series Ryan Murphy scored big with Feud: Bette and Joan, and Donald Glover’s acclaimed comedy Atlanta got a couple nods. And who could forget The Americans, which has received at least one nomination every year it’s been on the air.

There wasn’t a lot of shock surrounding the nominees chosen, but critics seem to agree on a few oversights. HBO drama The Leftovers, which wrapped up its third and final season last month, received only one Emmy nomination. Additionally, Insecure, a comedy with just one season under its belt, was completely ignored, much to the dismay of many.

Other notable Emmy nominations include Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is the streaming service’s first series to get this kind of acknowledgment. The show was nominated for Best Drama Series, and actresses Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Ann Dowd were also given nods. Additionally, actress Carrie Fisher, who passed away in December 2016, was posthumously nominated for her guest role on Amazon’s Catastrophe.

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