Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon are Emmy hopefuls after scoring their first nominations from the Television Academy - and both for appearing in HBO projects with Lies in the title. It was the victor in the category for five consecutive seasons, tying the record set by NBC's "Frasier" from 1994- 98. The NBC late-night sketch show received several nominations for its cast and guest roles, including one for Alec Baldwin's memorable Donald Trump impression.
Meanwhile, real-life married couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy can celebrate - she was nominated for "American Crime" and he nabbed a nom for "Shameless".
Samira Wiley received a nomination in the Supporting Actress, Drama Series category for her portrayal of best friend Moira in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. No women are nominated for directing a variety series or TV movie. Other nominees include Anthony Hopkins, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey.
The Veep star has won in her category - outstanding lead actress in a comedy series - a stunning five times in a row, and is up yet again this year. ABC's Black-ish is up for best comedy series, and its lead actors Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were both nominated in best comedy actor categories.
Among the biggest surprises was a nomination in the guest drama actress category for nerdy teenager Barb Holland, played by newcomer Shannon Purser, on Netflix's 1980s supernatural sci-fi "Stranger Things".
The network topped all commercial networks with 60 nods, placing third (after HBO with 110 and Netflix with 91) among all platforms.
Cable dominated the outstanding limited series category.
As for the rest, comedian W. Kamau Bell was nominated in the Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program for his show United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell.
Sterling K. Brown, in the lead actor category for the first time, was nominated for playing Randall on NBC's "This Is Us". Last year, the actor became the first person of color to win Lead Actor in a Drama since Andre Braugher won in 1998. Two high-rated drama contenders, "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey", won't be represented - the former because it's premiering outside the June-through-May eligibility window, the latter because it completed its run in 2016. "The industry has never been more dynamic or inventive, and storytellers and content creators have never been more prolific", said chairman and CEO Hayma Washington.