Netflix has just become the top Emmy-nominated network

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HBO's Game of Thrones is closely followed by dystopian sci-fi series The Handmaid's Tale, which gained 20 nominations and won top drama past year.

And on Thursday, Yvonne Strahovski landed her first Emmy nomination for the role.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each. Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" comes in second with 20 nominations.

Top of the Lake: China Girl, shot in Sydney, also missed out in other categories, including best limited TV series, while lead actress Elisabeth Moss failed to earn a nomination.

For the most part, though, this year's categories mark a pretty fair representation of TV's best and brightest, while adding drama to the battle that's been brewing to its two foremost bidders for awards prestige.

She earned a nomination herself for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series previous year. Game Of Thrones was the dominant series. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods.

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Hit PLAY on the video above to watch the Emmy nominations announced live, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the nominees below.

Lead actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman (Ozark); Sterling K Brown (This Is Us); Ed Harris (Westworld); Matthew Rhys (The Americans); Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us); and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld).

HBO awards darling "Veep" was ineligible this year and its crown passed to "Atlanta", the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods.

Also among the nominations: singer John Legend is up for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for his work in "Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert".

The 70th annual Primetime Emmys will air September 17 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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