But she is delighted with the "Fargo" nod, which sees her pitted against fierce competition, including the stars of HBO's "Big Little Lies" (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon) and FX's "Feud" (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon). The popular family comedy has been nominated every one of its eight seasons and has won five series Emmys.
"Game of Thrones" made television history past year, becoming the most decorated fictional show since the awards began almost seven decades ago with nine awards in technical categories and three top prizes.
The HBO drama's absence from the awards this year (it has won the top prize two years in a row) opens up the field for a slew of new and returning shows.
Though Lena Dunham's show was Emmy-nominated in its first three seasons, the fan-favorite HBO series did not receive recognition from the Academy for its final episodes, which aired in April. Both dramas are Netflix original series.
At the same time, some of the big network shows that have made noise in those categories - such as CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and ABC's five-time victor "Modern Family" - have aged out of generating as much enthusiasm. But just to keep things interesting, the academy also nominated Atlanta, Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
By comparison, 22 HBO shows received nominations.
William H. Macy, star of Shameless, didn't seem to mind the Showtime drop.
Coming in one notch below those shows, with 18 nominations each were FX's limited series Feud: Bette and Joan (including Directing and Title Design) and Netflix drama series Stranger Things (including Single-Camera Cinematography, Directing, Single-Camera Editing, Title Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing).
The awards will be presented September 17 on CBS.
Come back tomorrow to watch the 69th Emmy Awards Nominations on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
It's not always about the networks that gather nominations by the bushelful. Shouldn't the fantasy series, with its massive cult following, have been in the running for Outstanding Drama Series?