HBO, ‘Game Of Thrones’ lead 2019 Emmy nominations

MUMBAI: HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ secured 32 nominations, the most for any programme in a single season, beating a 25-year standing record set by ‘NYPD Blue’. Over its eight-season run, the series has received a total of 161 nominations. Leading the nominations in total by platform were HBO (137), Netflix (117), and NBC (58).

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air on 21st September in the US on FXX. The 71st Emmy Awards will air live in the US on Fox on 22nd September. Nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards were announced by the Television Academy, presenting what it said is the widest array of first-time performer nominees since 2011.

‘Game of Thrones’ was followed by Amazon Studios’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ (20), HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’(19), NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ (18), HBO’s ‘Barry’ (17), FX’s ‘Fosse/Verdon’ (17) and Netflix’s ‘When They See Us’ (16). In addition, overall cast contributions were acknowledged with ‘Game of Thrones’ 10 nominations across five performer categories, and eight nominations across four performer categories for ‘When They See Us’.

“It’s great to see such an array of new talent honored for their excellent work. While our voting membership recognized several returning, acclaimed programmes, there are many Emmy categories that feature fresh shows and emerging talents, celebrating the opportunity and continued creative growth offered by television,” said Television Academy chairman, CEO Frank Scherma.

Of this year’s eight nominees for Drama Series, five were new to the category. Newcomers, spread across a variety of distribution platforms, include ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Killing Eve’, ‘Ozark’, ‘Pose’ and ‘Succession’. ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘This Is Us’ return to the category.

Among this year’s seven Comedy Series nominees, there are four first-timers representing a wide range of storytelling. ‘Fleabag’, ‘The Good Place’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’, along with freshman show ‘Russian Doll’, join returning nominees ‘Barry’, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘Veep’.

Emilia Clarke, Mandy Moore, Jodie Comer, and Laura Linney received their first Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations, joined by returning nominees Robin Wright and Sandra Oh, and previous Emmy winner Viola Davis. Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominees Kit Harington and Billy Porter are new to the category, joining previous category winner Sterling K. Brown and returning nominees Milo Ventimiglia, Jason Bateman, and Bob Odenkirk.

Michael Douglas and Eugene Levy are new to the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category and join previous nominees Don Cheadle, Anthony Anderson, and Ted Danson, along with last year’s category winner Bill Hader.

Nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series include first-time Emmy nominees (in this category) Natasha Lyonne, Catherine O’Hara, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who join previous category nominee Christina Applegate, last year’s winner Rachel Brosnahan and 11-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Other first-time performer nominations include Amy Adams, Anthony Carrigan, Gwendoline Christie, Sian Clifford, Paul Dano, Benicio del Toro, and Hugh Grant.

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