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Last Thursday morning, "Game of Thrones" stars Kit Harington and Maisie Williams have snagged their first Emmy nominations, and one of the many people who are pleased by their recognition is George R.R. Martin.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, a TV mini-series exploring racial tensions that strained the criminal justice system 20 years before the Black Lives Matter movement, dominated the Primetime Emmy nominations Thursday along with HBO's medieval fantasy Game of Thrones.

Viola Davis, who made history by becoming the first black woman to win a lead actress award previous year for How to Get Away With Murder has clocked in yet another nod for the show. In recent times, the competition between networks, quality entertainment and the high end participation of an array of actors in more time on the small screen has definitely ramp up the television game.

Five-time best comedy victor "Modern Family" has been once again nominated - it is now tied with "Frasier" for the show with the most titles in the category.

A top acting nod for Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a USA vice president elevated to the Oval Office, gives her the chance to score her fifth-consecutive win and set a record. This year the Emmys have been invaded by the British, BBC reports.

Others included both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for "House of Cards"; Kyle Chandler for the drama "Bloodline"; Rami Malek for "Mr Robot"; Lily Tomlin for "Grace and Frankie" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Ellie Kemper. Season 6 of the HBO series racked up 23 nominations total, including Outstanding Drama Series and six acting nominations. (Somewhere, the late publicist Murray Weissman is smiling.) Thomas Middleditch got his first nom for actor in a comedy series for HBO's third season of Silicon Valley.

On the drama side, history-making Viola Davis, who previous year became the first minority to win a best drama series Emmy, for "How to Get Away with Murder", should get the opportunity to double down on her achievement.

Nor do they care about the many arcane Emmy categories like "outstanding production design for a narrative period program".

But it certainly it wasn't going to be HBO's juggernaut "Game of Thrones".

With the crew behind the scenes receiving nods of appreciation for their skills, the faces and frontrunners of the show definitely get their deserved nominations too.

Margulies had won the best actress Emmy in 2014 and 2011 for her role as Alicia Florrick, and was nominated in 2012 and 2010. Co-stars Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman are named in the supporting role categories.

The Americans also earned top bids for its stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.

The 68th Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will air on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC.

The Emmy Awards will be presented September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC.