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Game of Thrones earns 23 Emmy nods

Associated Press Associated Press 14/07/2016

Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones has ruled the Emmy Award nominations with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. OJ Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods.

Game of Thrones gets the chance to win its second top Emmy, while Veep, last year's top comedy winner, also will get another shot at holding office and with 17 nominations was the comedy leader.

Breakthrough nominations include a best comedy series nod for sophomore black-ish, which brought the African-American family sitcom back to network TV, with bids as well for its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

They were among a number of black actors recognised by TV academy voters, who have started to keep pace with TV's growing diversity - in sharp contrast to moviedom's Academy Awards, which were slammed as Oscars So White this year.

Viola Davis, the How to Get Away with Murder star who last year became the first woman of colour to win a best drama actress trophy, was nominated again.

So was Empire star Taraji P Henson.

Aziz Ansari received a lead comedy acting bid for his series Master of None, a first for an Indian-American actor.

Rami Malek, of Egyptian descent, earned a top drama acting nomination for his role as a renegade hacker in freshman Mr Robot, which got a best drama nod.

But there was no acting nods for the stars of Fresh Off the Boat or other Asian-American actor, or for Latinos, which has been a recurrent Emmy pattern.

Game of Thrones and Mr Robot will compete with Better Call Saul, Homeland, House of Cards, The Americans and Downton Abbey, the last a nod for its farewell season.

But the final season of The Good Wife was not recognised, and star Julianna Margulies also was snubbed.

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