Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

HBO, 'Game of Thrones' lead nominations for TV's Emmy awards

HBO, 'Game of Thrones' lead nominations for TV's Emmy awards

Other drama series vying for top honors include "Killing Eve", "Pose", "Bodyguard", "Ozark" and "This Is Us", the NBC drama that could be the sole broadcast series to earn a top bid.

Perhaps the biggest headline out of the gate: An incredible and unprecedented nine Game of Thrones cast members received nominations for the show's final season.

Thanks both to Game of Thrones and Veep, as well as other nominees like Chernobyl, HBO received the most nominations of any network with 137, with this coming after Netflix stole its thunder by claiming that title previous year, The New York Times reports.

This is Headey's fifth nomination - she's the second most-nominated actor on the show after Dinklage. The 2017 victor, The Handmaid's Tale, wasn't eligible because it didn't air a full season within the nominating window.

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Luke Kirby "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Rufus Sewell, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Adam Sandler, "Saturday Night Live"; John Mulaney, "Saturday Night Live"; Matt Damon, "Saturday Night Live"; Robert De Niro, "Saturday Night Live"; Peter MacNicol, "Veep".

"Some of the more prominent shows got out of the way fearing "Game of Thrones" just dominating everything, and not wanting to go head to head with it", said Travers.

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The Outstanding Comedy Series category consisted of Barry, Fleabag, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Russian Doll, Schitt's Creek, and Veep.

Netflix, which released Emmy nominees like When They See Us and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, picked up 117 nominations.

"When They See Us", Netflix's true story of five men wrongly accused of raping a Central Park jogger, is also likely to line up, alongside acclaimed HBO drama "Chernobyl".

The showing by "Game of Thrones" led HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it past year from its longtime Emmy dominance. "They have so much more than anybody else to put on the ballot".

As movie stars continue to switch to TV, A-listers will be plentiful.

"Catch-22" leads Hulu's charge thanks to George Clooney, while in comedy Jim Carrey ("Kidding") and Michael Douglas ("The Kominsky Method") are tipped for acting nods.

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