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Game of Thrones earns 24 Emmy Award nominations

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

The drama was not hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of a female character's rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year.

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

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 the series Empire and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder.

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

The Emmy announcement was displaced from its home at the TV academy headquarters in Los Angeles by a renovation project.

The change to a theatre in West Hollywood also moved the traditional pre-dawn back by several hours, making it unavailable to network morning shows that typically aired it. It was to stream on the academy's website.

The Emmy ceremony will air September 20 on Fox with Andy Samberg as host.

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