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Actress Uzo Aduba and Television Presenter Cat Deeley present the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. The 67th Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live Sunday, September 20 on FOX and will originate from the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre). (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Actress Uzo Aduba and Television Presenter Cat Deeley present the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. The 67th Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live Sunday, September 20 on FOX and will originate from the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre). (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The elaborate fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday, its stature apparently untouched by backlash over a female character’s rape scene.

The series is a contender again for top drama honors, an award that has eluded it since it debuted in 2011. TV academy voters rarely give shows in the sci-fi or other genres the ultimate accolade.

The TV academy took a step toward recognizing the increasingly diverse talent on TV, giving best actress nods to black stars Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder.”

That sets up a possibility of a history-making win: An African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.

“I gotta win! I gotta win for history!” an exuberant Henson said when asked about the prospect during an “Empire” panel in May.

However, two-time nominee Kerry Washington of “Scandal” was left out this year.

Also snubbed: hit hop-family drama “Empire,” which was left out of the best drama series category, and series star Terrence Howard, who failed to get a best drama actor bid.

Instead, voters gave nods to favorites such as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” and newcomer Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to the now-concluded “Breaking Bad.”

Gina Rodriguez, the standout Latina star of “Jane the Virgin,” failed to get a comedy acting nod — despite having won a Golden Globe award for her performance.

Programs getting a last chance for Emmy glory include best drama series nominee “Mad Men,” a four-time winner in the category that would be the most-honored drama ever with a fifth trophy. For star Hamm’s portrayal of Don Draper, it’s a final shot after seven previous nominations.

David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, both received variety talk show nominations for their former shows.

“Late Show” was last nominated in 2009 as best variety, music or comedy series and last won in 2002. Colbert’s show won in 2014.

They’re both getting a break: the TV academy split the variety series category into two, one for variety talk shows and one for variety or sketch series like “Saturday Night Live,” making space for more contenders in each.

Here’s the full list of major nominees:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill

Bloodline
Kyle Chandler as John Rayburn

House Of Cards
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men
Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

Ray Donovan
Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Empire
Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon

Homeland
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

How To Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis as Annalise Keating

Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena,
Rachel and Krystal

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime
Timothy Hutton as Russ

Derek Special
Ricky Gervais as Derek

Houdini
Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini

Nightingale
David Oyelowo as Peter Snowden

Olive Kitteridge
Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge

Wolf Hall
Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

American Crime
Felicity Huffman as Barb

American Horror Story: Freak Show
Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars

Bessie
Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith

The Honorable Woman
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein

Olive Kitteridge
Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

black-ish
Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson

Episodes
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan

The Last Man On Earth
Will Forte as Phil Miller

Louie
Louis C.K. as Louie

Shameless
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Transparent
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

The Comeback
Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish

Grace And Frankie
Lily Tomlin as Frankie

Inside Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer as Amy

Nurse Jackie
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Limited Series

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie

Modern Family

Parks And Recreation

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

House Of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Television Movie

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case

Bessie

Grace Of Monaco

Hello Ladies

Killing Jesus

Nightingale

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Bloodline
Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn

Downton Abbey
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

The Good Wife
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold

House Of Cards
Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates

Game Of Thrones
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Game Of Thrones
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart

Mad Men
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Orange Is The New Black
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

The Blacklist
Alan Alda as Alan Fitch

The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning

Homeland
F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal

House Of Cards
Reg E. Cathey as Freddy Hayes

Masters Of Sex
Beau Bridges as Barton Scully

Orange Is The New Black
Pablo Schreiber as George “Pornstache” Mendez

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

The Americans
Margo Martindale as Claudia

Game Of Thrones
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell

House Of Cards
Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner

How To Get Away With Murder
Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Hartness

Masters Of Sex
Allison Janney as Margaret Scully

Scandal
Khandi Alexander as Maya Pope

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine • FOX • Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts
Entertainment
Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
Girls • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner
Productions
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
Key & Peele • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Keegan-Michael Key as Various characters
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with
20th Century Fox Television
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt • Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts
Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler

Getting On
Niecy Nash as Denise “Didi” Ortley

Modern Family
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy

Mom
Allison Janney as Bonnie

Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon as Various characters

Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann as Ali Pfefferman

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees

Veep
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

The Comedians
Mel Brooks as Mel Brooks

Inside Amy Schumer
Paul Giamatti as Juror #10

Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader as Host

Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K. as Host

Transparent
Bradley Whitford as Marcy

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter

Girls
Gaby Hoffmann as Caroline Sackler

Louie
Pamela Adlon as Pamela

Modern Family
Elizabeth Banks as Sal

Shameless
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tina Fey as Marcia

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