Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey“, PBS; Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones“, HBO; Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones“, HBO; Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife“, CBS; Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men“, AMC; Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black“, Netflix. But the series received a disappointing three nominations and was not included in the outstanding drama category. Half of the six nominees – Taraji P. Henson from Fox’s Empire, Viola Davis from ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and Tatiana Maslany from BBC America’s Orphan Black – earned their first nominations or were nominated from a new series.

“It will be nice to lose to someone other than Jim Parsons this year, so that’s always a bonus”, the two-time Emmy victor joked. We could see history in the making if Henson or Davis win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category – they’d be the first African Americans to do so. Maslany’s was “Orphan’s” only nomination.

“We are deeply proud of our creative partners, the most gifted and visionary collaborators working in television today and are honored by this morning’s Emmy nominations”, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement.

Still, Emmy held onto some traditions.

“This was truly a remarkable year in television”, said Television Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum. NBC’s Parks and Recreation wasn’t nominated in this category previous year, but returned in 2015 for work done on its final season.

Even after 22 Emmy nominations, Ricky Gervais says he still feels like an outsider at the awards show.

– “Who doesn’t like to get nominated for an award?” “I’m absolutely delighted that Hugo Blick’s writing and his direction have been nominated – a resounding testament to his vision and to the enormous accomplishment of this series”. In January, the series won a Golden Globe. “Drunk History” was Comedy’ Central’s third nominee for variety sketch series.

American Crime and Boardwalk Empire took 10 nominations each, followed by political comedy Veep with nine.

Of course, for new names to get recognized, some longtime favorites also have to take a back seat.

Four-time victor Mad Men would become the most-honoured drama series ever with a win in September. While the TV Academy didn’t grant any of them nominations, Bear McCreary did get the show’s only nod in the Outstanding Music Composition category for the song “Sassenach”.

The “Transparent” star was nominated for an Emmy Award, and planned to get close to everyone he could when he gets to work later Thursday. That’s the hardest question because there are a lot of overlaps, with this person being that person.

Perennial TV academy favourite Modern Family has a shot at a record sixth straight top comedy award.

In a surprising turn around, David Letterman and Steven Colbert are nominated for best variety series for the “Late Show“.

Instead, voters gave nods to favorites such as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, Spacey of “House of Cards” and newcomer Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul.” (The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels over Empire’s Terrence Howard, Masters of Sex’s Michael Sheen or Justified’s Timothy Olyphant?).