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2015 Emmy Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ and HBO lead

And the Emmy might go to… Game of Thrones!

The 2015 Emmy Nominations were announced Thursday and the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones received 24 nods. The HBO Network represented big in nominations at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards as well.

Game of Thrones topped all individual programs with 24 nominations, including one for outstanding drama series (well deserved). HBO also received nods for Veep and Silicon Valley in the comedy category and gathered 126 nominations across all categories, New York Times reports.

Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, said in a statement that “this is a record-breaking number of nominations” for the network. He attributes the nominations to “all of the talent who have come to work with us.”

Though HBO holds the lead, the competition is hot between cable, broadcast and streaming outlets. Chairman of the Television Academy–who oversee the awards–Bruce Rosenblum said that the pool keeps increasing and “the number of great shows being produced is getting larger.” He added that more people are watching TV than ever before.

Netflix Inc. landed 34 nominations–including nods for Orange is the New Black and House of Cards for outstanding drama series–according to Wall Street Journal. And Amazon.com Inc. received 12 nominations, including one for the series following a man’s transition to womanhood Transparent. 

None of the broadcast networks received a nomination for outstanding drama series and they haven’t since 2011. Fox was hoping their hip-hop drama Empire would do it, but despite its killer ratings, it only received three nominations.

It seems like the most talked about category each year is the outstanding drama series category. It stands as follows:

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House Of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)

AMC has been the big winner in this category for the past six years taking home four wins for Mad Men and two for Breaking Bad. Before Mad Men, a cable network had never won the award.

Could Better Call Saul keep AMC’s streak alive? Or will front-runner Game of Thrones take the crown? If you ask me, winter is coming for AMC and everyone else in the category.

Want to know if your favorite shows received Emmy nominations this year? Click here for a full list.

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com