Here's which network is the standout in this year's Emmy nominations

HBO's popular and critically acclaimed 'Game of Thrones' received the most Emmy nods, followed by 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' from rising star FX.

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'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' stars Sarah Paulson (l.) and Sterling K. Brown (r.).

Some of the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards include network contenders like “Black-ish” and “Modern Family” as well as cable and streaming offers like “Better Call Saul” and “Master of None.” New programs from FX, nominated for some of the prizes, demonstrate the breadth of the network’s offerings. 

HBO's “Game of Thrones,” which won the best drama Emmy Award last year, received the most nominations, but a couple of developments involving FX show the network’s current strength. 

FX is the network behind “American Crime Story” (not the TV show “American Crime,” which airs on ABC – yes, it’s confusing). In its debut story, the TV show focused on the trial of O.J. Simpson and the season received rave reviews. Actors were honored by the Emmys for their work on the show, too – Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance received nominations for best actor in a limited series or movie, while Sarah Paulson received a nomination for best actress in a limited series or movie. Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, and John Travolta all received nominations for best supporting actor in a limited series or movie.

All these nods helped “Simpson” achieve the second-most nominations this year, behind only “Thrones.” 

Meanwhile, a long-acclaimed show from FX received Emmy nods in major categories this year for the first time. “The Americans,” which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys and depicts Russian spies living in America during the Cold War, was nominated for best drama series and Ms. Russell and Mr. Rhys were nominated in their respective categories as well.

Here are the other major nominees:

The TV shows “Mr. Robot,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Americans” are nominated for the best drama series award, while “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Transparent,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley,” “Modern Family,” “Master of None,” and “Black-ish” are nominated for best comedy series. 

The programs vying for the best limited series Emmy are “Roots,” “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “The Night Manager,” “Fargo,” and “American Crime.” 

The actresses nominated for best actress in a drama series are “House of Cards” actress Robin Wright, “The Americans” actress Keri Russell, “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany, “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson, “How to Get Away With Murder” actress Viola Davis, and “Homeland” actress Claire Danes. 

Kyle Chandler of “Bloodline,” Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot,” Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul,” Matthew Rhys of “The Americans,” Liev Schreiber of “Ray Donovan,” and Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards” are nominated for best actor in a drama series. 

The contenders for best actor in a comedy series are “Transparent” actor Jeffrey Tambor, “Silicon Valley” actor Thomas Middleditch, “Shameless” actor William H. Macy, “Last Man on Earth” actor Will Forte, “Master of None” actor Aziz Ansari, and “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson. 

Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Veep,” Laurie Metcalf of “Getting On,” Tracee Ellis Ross of “Black-ish,” Amy Schumer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” and Lily Tomlin of “Grace and Frankie” are nominated for best actress in a comedy series.

Jonathan Banks of “Better Call Saul,” Ben Mendelsohn of “Bloodline,” Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones,” Michael Kelly of “House of Cards,” and Jon Voight of “Ray Donovan” are nominated for the best supporting actor in a drama series prize, while Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey,” Lena Headey of “Game of Thrones,” Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones,” Maisie Williams of “Game of Thrones,” Maura Tierney of “The Affair,” and Constance Zimmer of “UnREAL” are nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series. 

The nominees for best supporting actor in a comedy are Louie Anderson of “Baskets,” Keegan-Michael Key of “Key and Peele,” Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Ty Burrell of “Modern Family,” Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Matt Walsh of “Veep,” and Tony Hale of “Veep,” while Niecy Nash of “Getting On,” Allison Janney of “Mom,” Kate McKinnon of “Saturday Night Live,” Judith Light of “Transparent,” Gaby Hoffmann of “Transparent,” and Anna Chlumsky of “Veep” are nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy.

The ceremony will be held this September.

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