In this image released by AMC, Bob Odenkirk appears in a scene from "Better Call Saul".
Kevin Spacey is nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role as Frank Underwood in House Of Cards, while Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) are among the nominations for best actress in a drama series. The show is nominated for best drama series after it won that same category previous year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Emmy Awards nominations told us what is already evident - the power and reputation of streaming services Netflix and Amazon are on the rise, and broadcast networks and even longtime premium cable star HBO are paying the price.
"Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson and "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" actress Lauren Graham revealed the names at a live stream event, which saw HBO's hit "Veep" lead the comedy nominations with 17 nods.
In Thursday's announcement of prime-time Emmy contenders, television academy voters also signaled their regard for what people of color are bringing to the industry table: Each of the top acting categories included at least one minority nominee.
Thrones, which won a record-breaking 12 awards in 2015, delivered nearly a quarter of network HBO's 94 nods.
The popular fantasy series earned 23 nods including first-time individual acting nominations for Kit Harington and Maisie Williams.
Hiddleston will compete for the best lead actor in a limited series award against Elba, who is nominated for Luther, and Cumberbatch, who has been recognised for Sherlock.
A full list of the nominations is available on the Emmys website.
Beyonce's film "Lemonade" took two nominations, with the singer receiving a personal nod for her directing work.
Veep, the USA version of The Thick Of It, earned 17 nominations including best comedy series, best lead actress in a comedy series for its star Julia-Louis Dreyfuss and outstanding direction in a comedy series for British comedian Chris Addison.