'Game of Thrones' lead Emmys 2019 with 32 nominations
LOS ANGELES, USA — The divisive final season of Game of Thrones smashed the record for most Primetime Emmy nominations by a drama series in a single year, earning a whopping 32 nods Tuesday, July 16.
HBO's fantasy epic enraged fans with its bumpy conclusion but still trounced the competition to strengthen its iron grip on the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic — was a distant second with 20 nominations.
Thrones is the most decorated fictional show in the awards' 7-decade history, and now has 161 nominations overall — including 47 wins.
"For those who will be adding 2019 to their long list of nominations and or wins from other years — it never gets old!" said Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.
The show about families vying for the Iron Throne broke a 25-year drama series nominations record held by NYPD Blue, which earned 27 nods in 1994.
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington were recognized in the lead acting categories, while 8 other Thrones cast members swept the board in the supporting and guest acting categories. The shortened 8th and last season also won a slew of technical awards.
Thrones capitalized on a threadbare year for drama, with several big hitters such as The Handmaid's Tale missing from the main categories. The next highest-placed drama — AMC's Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul — managed just 8 nominations.
HBO's acclaimed limited series Chernobyl placed third overall this year with 19 nominations, ahead of perennial Emmys powerhouse Saturday Night Live with 18.
HBO reclaims crown
This year's nominations saw HBO reclaim its title for most-nominated network from web streaming giant Netflix, which last year had ended its 17-year winning streak.
HBO claimed 137 nods to Netflix's 117 — a record for each, meaning the pair tighten their joint stranglehold on the prestigious awards.
"Sure, things could look very different next year when HBO will be without both drama Game of Thrones ... and comedy Veep," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg. "But for one more year, at least, HBO is tops in TV."
Netflix's When They See Us, the true story of 5 men wrongly accused of raping a Central Park jogger, picked up a stunning 8 acting nods.
"Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story... Love you, brothers," tweeted series creator Ava DuVernay.
Amazon Prime also enjoyed a stellar year, more than doubling its haul to reach 47 nods, just behind NBC with 58.
As well as "Maisel," dark British comedy Fleabag performed well for Amazon, with 5 of its actresses receiving nominations, including lead Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Waller-Bridge, who is currently rewriting the upcoming 25th James Bond film, also received a writing nomination for Fleabag.
"CRYING AND DYING ... I cannot speak!!!!!! Our whole team is in bits," tweeted Sian Clifford, who earned supporting actress recognition.
But there was disappointment for the traditional big four broadcast networks — CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC — which were left "hanging on for dear life," said Feinberg.
In particular, the final season of CBS ratings smash The Big Bang Theory failed to register in any main categories.
A-listers Julia Roberts and Jim Carrey were shunned by voters, who ignored their respective performances in Amazon's Homecoming and Showtime's Kidding.
While Netflix/BBC thriller Bodyguard earned a drama series nod, its lead actor Richard Madden was a surprising omission.
The Emmys recognizes shows that were on in the 12 months to May 31.
That meant several voters' favorites were absent from main categories this year, including Hulu's new season of The Handmaid's Tale.
The 2017 drama series winner still managed to pick up 11 nominations in technical categories, for episodes submitted from the tail-end of its previous season.
Big Little Lies and Stranger Things also just missed the cut-off this time around.
The Television Academy's 24,000 members sifted through a record number of entries for this year's Emmys.
The nominations were announced in a live-streamed presentation from Los Angeles hosted by The Good Place actress D'Arcy Carden and The Masked Singer panelist Ken Jeong.
Final-round voting will now begin to pick winners who will be revealed at a glitzy Los Angeles show on September 22.
List of nominees
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
- Better Call Saul
- Game of Thrones
- Killing Eve
- This Is Us
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
- The Good Place
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Russian Doll
- Schitt's Creek
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
- Jason Bateman, Ozark
- Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
- Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Billy Porter, Pose
- Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
- Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
- Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
- Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
- Laura Linney, Ozark
- Mandy Moore, This Is Us
- Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
- Robin Wright, House Of Cards
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
- Anthony Anderson, black-ish
- Don Cheadle, "Black Monday
- Ted Danson, The Good Place
- Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
- Bill Hader, Barry
- Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
- Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
- Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
- Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
- Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
- Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
- Michael Kelly, House Of Cards
- Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
- Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
- Julia Garner, Ozark
- Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
- Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
- Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
- Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
- Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
- Anthony Carrigan, Barry
- Tony Hale, Veep
- Stephen Root, Barry
- Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Henry Winkler, Barry
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
- Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
- Sian Clifford, Fleabag
- Olivia Colman, Fleabag
- Betty Gilpin, GLOW
- Sarah Goldberg, Barry
- Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
- Escape at Dannemora
- Sharp Objects
- When They See Us
OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
- Deadwood: The Movie
- King Lear
- My Dinner with Herve
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
- Mahershala Ali, True Detective
- Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
- Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
- Jared Harris, Chernobyl
- Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
- Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
- Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
- Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
- Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
- Joey King, The Act
- Niecy Nash, When They See Us
- Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
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