Emmy Award nominations: 'Handmaid's Tale' earns 20 nods

The Crown- Philip Elizabeth- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip journey through Ghana

The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over previous year, edging HBO's 108. Netflix's extraordinary ascendance in just the last five years says so much about how viewers have changed the way they consume television - and how Netflix is spending billions to grab their attention. 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). Its latest season premiered a full year ago, and it won't begin its eighth and final season until 2019.

Others in the category include black-ish, Silicon Valley, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It ultimately won eight statues, including all of the aforementioned categories.

Lead actress in a drama series: Claire Foy (The Crown); Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale); Sandra Oh (Killing Eve); Keri Russell (The Americans) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

Donald Glover's Atlanta was the top comedy series nominee the with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of the absence this time around of three-time victor Veep. Legend, already an Oscar, Tony and Grammy victor, could become a member of the EGOT club if he wins this Emmy.

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NBC will air the annual Emmys ceremony live on both coasts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Monday, Sept. 17.

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