The fantasy saga Game of Thrones received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday.

The drama wasn’t hurt by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year.

It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.

The TV academy recognised 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.

That’s sets up a possibility of a history-making win: An African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.

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