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24 nods for Thrones in Emmys

Game of Thrones has received 24 Emmy Awards nominations, its stature apparently untouched by backlash over a female character's rape scene.

The series is a contender for top drama honours, an award that has eluded it since it debuted in 2011.

The TV academy took a step toward recognising the increasingly diverse talent on TV, giving best actress nods to black stars Taraji P Henson for Empire and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder.


However, two-time nominee Kerry Washington of Scandal was left out. Also snubbed was hip-hop drama Empire, which was left out of the best drama series category, and star Terrence Howard, who failed to get a best drama actor bid.

Instead, voters gave nods to favorites such as Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey of House of Cards and newcomer Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul.