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'Westworld' and 'SNL' have dominated the Emmy nominations

WASHINGTON — "Saturday Night Live" and "Westworld" led the Emmy nominations announced Thursday, with 22 each across all categories, the Television Academy said Thursday.

They are followed by "Stranger Things" and "FEUD: Bette and Joan" — each with 18 — and "Veep" with 17. Leading the nominations by broadcaster were HBO with 110 total nominations, Netflix with 91 and NBC with 60.

"Saturday Night Live" has boosted its ratings in recent months with biting political satire based on figures in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The nominations for the Emmys, awards recognizing excellence in various areas of television and emerging media, were announced in Los Angeles at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center.

Academy chairman and chief executive Hayma Washington joined actress Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series "Veep" and Shemar Moore from CBS' "S.W.A.T.," who read the list of nominees in the Emmys' most prominent categories.

"It's been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth," Washington said. "The Emmy Awards competition experienced a 15 per cent increase in submissions for this year's initial nomination round of online voting."

The shows nominated in the best drama category are "The Crown," "Handmaid's Tale," "House of Cards," "Stranger Things," "Better Call Saul," "This Is Us" and "Westworld."

The newcomers in the category are "This Is Us," "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Crown" and "Stranger Things."

They nabbed several nominations in multiple drama categories in the absence of shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Twin Peaks," neither of which aired a new season during the eligibility period for the 2017 awards.

In the comedy series category the nominees are "Atlanta," "Black-ish," "Master of None," "Modern Family," "Silicon Valley," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Veep."

Several veteran actresses — including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Jane Fonda — received nominations. Among the actors up for an award are veterans Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey and Robert de Niro.

Washington said the "sweeping array" of shows that received nominations "enthrall a worldwide audience." It ranges from familiar favorites like "Blackish" and "House of Cards" to newcomers like "Westworld," "This Is Us" and "Atlanta," he said.

The winners are determined by more than 20,000 Television Academy members who cast ballots for the category of competition in their field of expertise.

The 69th Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17 beginning at 8 p.m. (0400 GMT Sept. 18), with Stephen Colbert hosting.

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