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67th Emmy nominations: 'Game of Thrones' leads with 24 nominations

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The nominations for the 67th annual Emmy Awards celebrating television were announced at 8:30 a.m. in West Hollywood Thursday.

"Game of Thrones" earned a leading 24 Emmy Award nominations, including for best drama series.

Presenters Uzo Aduba from "Orange is the New Black" and Cat Deeley from "So You Think You Can Dance" announced the nominees. 

The Emmy announcement was displaced from its home at the TV academy headquarters in Los Angeles by a renovation project. The change to a theater in West Hollywood also moved the traditional pre-dawn back by several hours, making it unavailable to network morning shows that typically aired it. 

"Game of Thrones" wasn't 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's a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.

The TV academy took a step toward recognizing 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.

Some of the nominations for the top categories are:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Empire 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Drama Series

See the full list of nominees at emmys.com

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

This post has been updated.