Entertainment 'Game of Thrones' storms back into Emmys race with 22 nominations

00:57  13 july  2018
00:57  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Record-breaking fantasy epic “ Game of Thrones ” made a storming comeback Thursday to Hollywood’s awards circuit after a year off, dominating this year’s Emmy nominations with a whopping 22 nods.

Game of Thrones is the show leading the way in this year's Emmy awards race , with 22 nominations . The fantasy dragons-and-swords saga, which already has 38 Emmys under its belt, is not expected back on screens until next year.

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Record-breaking fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" made a storming comeback Thursday to Hollywood's awards circuit after a year off, dominating this year's Emmy nominations with a whopping 22 nods.

The smash hit HBO show, which returns for a shortened eighth and final season next year, will vie once again for the coveted best drama series prize, several acting trophies and a slew of technical awards.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favourite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each.

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Hit fantasy drama comes out on top, with Westworld, Saturday Night Live and The Handmaid’s Tale all following.

Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs. After sitting last year’s Emmy race out, “ Game of Thrones ” is back on the ballot in a big way. The HBO epic scored 22 nominations , the most for a series this year.

The Television Academy's 22,000-plus members spent two weeks in June sifting through more than 9,000 entries to choose nominees for the Emmys, the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.

"The continued growth of the industry has provided opportunities for acclaimed new programs to emerge while allowing last season's breakthrough programs to thrive," said Academy chairman Hayma Washington.

In fact, many critics argue that it hasn't been a vintage year for television, with very few new shows making waves - instead, perennial favourites were recognized for having delivered yet another year of quality.

The Emmys recognize programs shown in the year to May 31, meaning some of the usual heavy hitters -- from "Better Call Saul" to "House of Cards" and "Veep" -- are absent this time around.

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We survived a 2 year drought without Emmy nominations for Game of Thrones . Returning to stake its claim among the categories returns the aging veteran Game of Thrones , back to reclaim Game of Thrones leads the awards once more with 22 nominations , followed by Westworld and Saturday

After sitting last year’s Emmy race out, “ Game of Thrones ” is back on the ballot in a big way. The HBO epic scored 22 nominations , the most for a series this year.

With women's rights advocates angry over President Donald Trump's nomination of an ultra-conservative judge to serve on the Supreme Court, a show about a fictional nightmarish America run by a totalitarian regime is an early favourite to steal the thunder of "Thrones."

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" scored 20 nominations -- seven better than last year - and is an early favourite to repeat as the winner for best drama in September.

Another big story on Thursday was Netflix ending a 17-year winning streak by HBO. The streamer led the nominations with 112, while HBO scored 108. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from 'Game of Thrones.' © HBO via AP Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from 'Game of Thrones.' 'Thrones' supreme

But it was "Thrones" that set the Emmys pace with its seventh season, which aired last summer, earning recognition for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Diana Rigg.

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‘ Game of Thrones ’ Returns to Emmy Ballot With Most Nominations for a Series. After sitting last year’s Emmy race out, “ Game of Thrones ” is back on the ballot in a big way. The HBO epic scored 22 nominations , the most for a series this year.

Storms . Phenomena. LOS ANGELES (AP) — “ Game of Thrones ” roared back onto the Emmy Award battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” while a streaming platform made history by earning the most

It will also be in contention for directing, writing and a host of technical awards, as well as best drama, where the other rivals include FX's "The Americans," which wrapped recently and has four nods in total.

The category is completed by "Westworld," Netflix's "The Crown," which finished on 13 nominations, and the streaming service's sci-fi series "Stranger Things" (12), as well as NBC's family drama "This is Us." 

"Thrones" made television history in 2016 to become the most decorated fictional show in the Emmys' seven-decade lifespan.

Entirely new

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace," one of the few serious contenders this year that can claim to be entirely new, picked up an impressive 18 nominations.

Part of FX's "American Crime Story" strand from the mind of Emmys mainstay Ryan Murphy, it is the follow-up to the acclaimed "The People v. O. J. Simpson" (2016).

The series had been expected to dominate the acting races among the limited series and TV movies -- and indeed it did, with Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin all nominated.

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Game of Thrones has received the most nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, with the HBO fantasy drama getting 22 nods in total. Game of Thrones makes its Emmy comeback this year after last year's later season airdate saw it ineligible for consideration for the awards.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire

The comedy crown usually stored in the "Veep" trophy cabinet went this year to "Atlanta," the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods.

Samira Wiley, nominated for guest actress in "The Handmaid's Tale," and Ryan Eggold ("New Amsterdam") presented the nominations from the Television Academy in Los Angeles.

Star-studded

The most star-studded category, as is often the case, was best actor in a limited series or TV movie, where Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Legend and Jeff Daniels all picked up nominations.

Al Pacino, Kyle MacLachlan, and Michael B. Jordan were all in the hunt but missed out. 

But the early money for the win in September is on Criss, a much lesser-known face who plays Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan in the FX drama.

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It looked like it was going to be shut out of this year's Emmys after 65-year-old star Roseanne Barr -- a vocal Trump backer who has tweeted far-right and conspiracy theorist views -- was dropped by ABC for making a racist slur on Twitter.

But the scandal appeared not to have tainted much-admired Tony winner and Oscar nominee Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne's sister Jackie in the show, who picked up her eighth nomination.

'I can't stop smiling, my face hurts': Yvonne Strahovski scores her first Emmy nomination for The Handmaid's Tale... as fellow Australians Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts are snubbed

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After a year of being ineligible, " Game of Thrones " came back in a big way in the Emmy nominations announcement on Thursday, earning 22 nods, including best drama series, bringing its lifelong total to a whopping 129.

Last updated by Mat Paget on July 14, 2016 at 10: 22 AM. Comments. Subscribe for the latest gaming news. The Emmys air in a couple months, and the television awards academy has announced this year's All of Game of Thrones ' actor nominations fall into the "Supporting" awards.

Second round voting takes place in August while the ceremony itself will be beamed live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17 on NBC -- hosted by "Saturday Night Live" duo Colin Jost and Michael Che.

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Diversity dominates Emmy nominations .
Game of Thrones leads, but diversity is the big winner.The Primetimeetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced and while Game of Thrones leads with 22, diversity is the big winner.

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