Netflix has just become the top Emmy-nominated network

Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmys showed a clear sign of how much the ground is shifting in the TV industry as streaming service Netflix captured the most nominations overall taking away a title that HBO held since 2001. The company spends about $8 billion a year on new shows and films, far exceeding HBO and other competitors.

For the most part, though, this year's categories mark a pretty fair representation of TV's best and brightest, while adding drama to the battle that's been brewing to its two foremost bidders for awards prestige.

Showtime's revival of the cult hit drama missed out on nominations in several major Emmy categories, failing to secure expected nods for Outstanding Limited Series or for star Kyle MacLachlan for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. The series' 20 nods were the fourth-most for any show, finishing only behind "Game of Thrones" (22), "Saturday Night Live" (21), and "Westworld" (21). The awards will be handed out at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17 and broadcast on NBC. Game of Thrones, however, wasn't eligible a year ago so this will mark the first time the two series' go head to head for the award.

HBO awards darling Veep was ineligible this year and its crown passed to Atlanta, the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods.

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The former prime minister and his daughter were in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer. It plans to place 371,000 soldiers around polling stations so there can a "free and fair" elections, it added.

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" scored 20 nominations - seven better than previous year - and is an early favorite to repeat as the victor for best drama in September. The Rock's Ballers on HBO was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series.

The news was not so good for Nicole Kidman at Thursday's Emmy nomination ceremony in Los Angeles.

"I feel tremendous gratitude and joy with this nomination" and am "thrilled" for the show's cast and crew, Oh said in a statement.

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