But in an era where network television has been all but eliminated from the awards conversation as cable and streaming shows monopolize most major categories, it's striking to see a new network drama sweep up 11 nominations, appearing in nearly every category where it was eligible.
Top Chef took home this category back in 2010 and has also earned an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming in 2008. While the project was nominated in the outstanding television movie category, Winfrey was shut out.
Awards prediction website Gold Derby has Golden Globe victor "The Crown" - about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - as favourite for best drama, ahead of "Stranger Things", an award-winning sci-fi-horror drama set in the 1980s. But it cleaned up for its guest actors, with nods going to Becky Ann Baker, Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys, with Ahmed and Rhys nominated in drama categories as well, for "The Night Of" and "The Americans", respectively.
On a triumphant morning for SNL, the Academy proved itself to be bipartisan, however, handing Hillary Clinton impersonator Kate McKinnon another nod in the comedy supporting actress category that she won a year ago.
"The Crown" - a Golden Globe winning series about Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - is generally thought to be the favorite for the Emmy, but will face stiff competition from returnees "Better Call Saul" (AMC) and "House of Cards" (Netflix).
Last year, Game of Thrones set the record for the most wins by a scripted television series in Emmy history-38 in total-when it picked up 12 more awards, including outstanding drama series and outstanding writing for a drama series for its epic "Battle of the Bastards" episode.
When the nominees are announced Thursday in Los Angeles, NBC's "This is Us" has a chance to show network dramas can still be Emmy worthy. But while Westworld was successful, it wasn't Game of Thrones successful.
Altogether, "SNL" earned 22 nominations, tying it for the most with "Westworld".
The nominees for best drama series are: "Better Call Saul", "The Crown", "The Handmaid's Tale", "House of Cards", "Stranger Things", "This Is Us" and "Westworld".
Netflix's Ahit "Stranger Things" has bagged 18 nominations including in the Best Drama and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama categories.
Nominated for Best Limited Series are Big Little Lies, Fargo, Feud, Genius and The Night Of.
On the comedy front, FX's freshman series Atlanta, ABC's Blackish and Modern Family, Netflix's Masters Of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and HBO's Silicon Valley will look to unseat last year's victor Veep.
Netflix has three series among the seven on the list for Best Drama, an extraordinary showing. FX's "Atlanta", plus ABC's "Black-ish" and "Modern Family" close out the category.