Emmy nominations were announced today, and there are plenty of reasons to be happy. Read the whole list here. While there were reasons to be upset for every television fan, there was also plenty to love.

1. The Emmy nominations took into account the way you watch television.

Networks — even when you include cable networks — no longer have a monopoly on the big awards. Netflix, home of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards, among others, picked up 54 nominations, up from 34 last year. On the strength of Transparent, Amazon earned nominations as well. HBO is still king, with 94 nods, and is followed by FX (56), Netflix (54) and NBC (41).

(Idris Elba as Luther)

(Idris Elba as Luther)

2. A diverse group of people were recognized

The Emmys recognized a wide group of actors from all kinds of backgrounds. Rami Malek, Idris Elba, Keegan Michael-Key, Viola Davis, Aziz Ansari, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Anthony Anderson (who got to read his own nomination) — this will not be like #oscarssowhite. The Academy even included two women eligible to collect social security: Judith Light and Lily Tomlin.

3. There weren’t quite as many “Oh, that show is still on?” nominations

You know you’ve been watching the Emmys when you hear a name or a show mentioned and think, “Wasn’t that canceled?” Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, even the West Wing in its late days. There were still a few, like Homeland and Claire Danes getting nods after its weakest season, but not as many nominations that assumed great work.

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4. Game of Thrones is still king

With 23 nominations, GoT just beat out O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story for the lead. While the show is nominated for the expected technical awards a show of that scope is bound to bring in, the acting of Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams was recognized as well.

5. The Americans was finally recognized

After three seasons of quietly great television, FX’s The Americans was finally recognized for its heartbreakingly good fourth season. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were both nominated for lead actor and actress work, while the show was also included in best drama series. Allison Wright’s work as Martha was unfortunately not recognized, but this is still a good start.

6. Orange Is The New Black wasn’t exactly snubbed

The fourth season of OITNB showcased some painfully memorable performances, particularly from Samira Wiley and Danielle Brooks, but only earned one nomination, and that was for casting. What gives? The problem lies in OITNB’s release date. The fourth season hit Netflix on June 17, and the nomination cut off is May 31. This means season three was eligible, and season four will be eligible next year.

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