The Emmy Nominees Are Out, and the Big Winner Is . . . the Final Season of “Game of Thrones”

You know how the Internet haters RIPPED the final season of “Game of Thrones”, and there was that petition going around asking for Season Eight to be redone with “competent writers”? Well, the Television Academy did NOT agree. The nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are out . . . and “Game of Thrones” leads the way with 32 nods, which sets a new record for most nominations in one year.  “NYPD Blue” set the previous record of 26 in 1994. And yes, one of those was for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.  It’s specifically for the series finale, which got a mixed reaction, at best.

“Game of Thrones” also extended its record number of nominations overall for a scripted series.  It’s now picked up161 total.  “Saturday Night Live” has the most nominations of ANY show, with 270. Back to this year, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is a distant second to “Game of Thrones” with 20, followed by HBO’s “Chernobyl” with 19, and “Saturday Night Live” with 18. “Game of Thrones” also helped HBO regain the top spot for the most-nominated network, with 137.  Netflix was second, with 117.

That’s worth noting, because last year, Netflix ended HBO’s 17-YEAR STREAK as the most nominated network.  HBO’s return might be short-lived though . . . because next year it won’t have “Game of Thrones”. As for “snubs,” former Emmy favorite “The Big Bang Theory”, only got three nominations, and nothing in the major categories. Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was completely shut out, Showtime’s “Kidding” was shut out, and“Orange Is the New Black” only got one nomination, for guest actress Laverne Cox.

And there wasn’t much love for “Better Things”, “Grace and Frankie”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, “The Good Fight”, Hulu’s “Catch-22”, and Amazon’s “Homecoming” with Julia Roberts. Fox will air “The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards” live on September 22nd.  There’s no word on a host yet . . . assuming they don’t copy the “Oscars” and go without one.


Outstanding Drama Series:


“Better Call Saul”, AMC

“Bodyguard”, Netflix

“Game of Thrones”, HBO

“Killing Eve”, BBC America

“Ozark”, Netflix

“Pose”, FX

“Succession”, HBO

“This Is Us”, NBC



Outstanding Comedy Series:


“Barry”, HBO

“Fleabag”, Amazon

“Russian Doll”, Netflix

“Schitt’s Creek”, Pop TV

“The Good Place”, NBC

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, Amazon

“Veep”, HBO



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:


Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Billy Porter, “Pose” (FX)



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:


Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)

Laura Linney, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us” (NBC)



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Alfie Allen, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us” (NBC)



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:


Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Gwendoline Christie, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)

Julia Garner, “Ozark” (Netflix)



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:


Bill Hader, “Barry” (HBO)

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday” (Showtime)

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” (ABC)

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Ted Danson, “The Good Place” (NBC)

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:


Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me” (Netflix)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” (Amazon)

Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” (Netflix)

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:


Anthony Carrigan, “Barry” (HBO)

Stephen Root, “Barry” (HBO)

Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Henry Winkler, “Barry” (HBO)

Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:


Sarah Goldberg, “Barry” (HBO)

Sian Clifford, “Fleabag” (Amazon)

Olivia Colman, “Fleabag” (Amazon)

Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Betty Gilpin, Glow” (Netflix)

Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)



Outstanding Limited Series:


“Chernobyl”, HBO

“Escape at Dannemora”, Showtime

“Fosse / Verdon”, FX

“Sharp Objects”, HBO

“When They See Us”, Netflix



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:


Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Jared Harris, “Chernobyl” (HBO)

Benicio Del Toro, “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

Sam Rockwell, “Fosse / Verdon” (FX)

Mahershala Ali, “True Detective” (HBO)

Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us” (Netflix)



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:


Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

Michelle Williams, “Fosse / Verdon” (FX)

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects” (HBO)

Joey King, “The Act” (Hulu)

Niecy Nash, “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us” (Netflix)



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:


Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Stellan Skarsgard, “Chernobyl” (HBO)

Paul Dano, “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

Michael K. Williams, “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Asante Blackk, “When They See Us” (Netflix)

John Leguizamo, “When They See Us” (Netflix)



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:


Emily Watson, “Chernobyl” (HBO)

Margaret Qualley, “Fosse / Verdon” (FX)

Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects” (HBO)

Patricia Arquette, “The Act” (Hulu)

Marsha Stephanie Blake, “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Vera Farmiga, “When They See Us” (Netflix)



Outstanding Animated Program:


“Big Mouth”, Netflix

“Bob’s Burgers”, Fox

“Bojack Horseman”, Netflix

“Come Along with Me (Adventure Time)”, Cartoon Network

“The Simpsons”, Fox



Outstanding Reality Competition Program:


“The Amazing Race”, CBS

“American Ninja Warrior”, NBC

“Nailed It!”, Netflix

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”, VH1

“Top Chef”, Bravo

“The Voice”, NBC



Outstanding Structured Reality Program:


“Antiques Roadshow”, PBS

“Queer Eye”, Netflix

“Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, Food Network

“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, Spike TV

“Shark Tank”, ABC

“Who Do You Think You Are?”, TLC



Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program:


“Born This Way”, A&E

“Deadliest Catch”, Discovery Channel

“Life Below Zero”, National Geographic

“Somebody Feed Phil”, Netflix

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”, YouTube

“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”, CNN



Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program:


Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC)

James Corden, “The World’s Best” (CBS)

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, “Making It” (NBC)

RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

Marie Kondo, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” (Netflix)



Outstanding Variety Talk Series:


“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, Comedy Central

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, TBS

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”, ABC

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, HBO

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”, CBS

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, CBS



Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:


“At Home with Amy Sedaris”, TruTV

“I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman”, Hulu

“Documentary Now!”, IFC

“Drunk History”, Comedy Central

“Saturday Night Live”, NBC

“Who Is America?”, Showtime



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