The Crown and The Mandalorian led the nominations for the Emmy Awards on Tuesday, the highest accolades on television in a field full of newcomers.
HBO and HBO Max led all networks with 130 nominations, followed by Netflix Inc with 129.
Among the top drama contenders are Netflix’s British royal series The Crown for a season that focused on the early years of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s disastrous marriage.
The Crown got a whopping 24 nods, including nine for actors like Josh O’Connor and newcomer Emma Corrin as the royal newlyweds and Olivia Colman as middle-aged Queen Elizabeth.
British 19th-century romance Bridgerton won a nod for Best Drama Series and an acting nomination for breakthrough star Regé-Jean Page. Pose star Mj Rodriguez became the first transgender performer to earn a major Emmy nomination for acting in the drama series about the LGBTQ underground ballroom scene.
Star Wars spinoff drama The Mandalorian received 24 nominations, mostly for writing and special effects.
On the comedy front, 75% of the nominees were new to the field, led by the Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso, about an underdog English soccer team coached by an American, who scored 20 nods, including for its star and co-writer Jason Sudeikis .
Competitors for the best comedy series include HBO Max streaming shows The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco, and Hacks, about an accomplished female comic, played by Jean Smart.
Crime story Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet, and the British rape drama I May Destroy You, starring and created by Michaela Coel, will take on a strong field for the best limited series.
Other nominations went to the innovative superhero dramedy WandaVision, who received 23 nominations, including stars Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen, chess drama The Queen’s Gambit and harrowing slavery story The Underground Railroad.
In the documentary race, Framing Britney Spears about the pop singer’s career and the long-running battle for the conservatory, got a wink.
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted TV show production, meaning some, including last year’s drama series winner Succession, didn’t make it back in time for Emmy consideration.
The Emmy Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on September 19.