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Game Of Thrones conquers Emmy Awards with record 32 nominations

Game Of Thrones conquers Emmy Awards with record 32 nominations

Game Of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. (Photo: HBO)

HBO and its medieval fantasy series Game Of Thrones (GOT) led the nominations on Tuesday (Jul 16) for the Emmy awards, the highest honours in television.

HBO got a leading 137 nominations, 32 of them for three-times best drama series winner GOT, and recognition for lead actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke. The 32 nods for GOT, which concluded its final season in May, marked a record high for a drama programme in a single year.

Netflix followed with 117 nominations, led by its searing racial justice drama When They See Us, and surreal time-loop comedy Russian Doll.

The Emmy awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sep 22.

Amazon Studio's bubbly The Marvelous Mrs Maisel got 20 nominations, making it a strong contender for a repeat win in the best-comedy series category, while HBO's limited series Chernobyl, a recreation of the 1986 Russian nuclear power disaster, had 19.

Political satire Veep will compete for its fourth Emmy as best comedy series, along with star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Other contenders in the comedy series category are Barry, quirky British show Fleabag, The Good Place, Russian Doll and Schitt's Creek.

Joining GOT in the top category of best drama series are Better Call Saul, British thrillers Bodyguard and Killing Eve, Ozark, transgender show Pose, family drama This Is Us and media mogul dynasty series Succession.

TV networks and streaming services compete feverishly for Emmy nominations, which can help draw attention to programming and bring in new viewers or subscribers.

HBO had been a longtime Emmy darling and led the nominations for 17 years. But in 2018, Netflix knocked HBO to second place by landing 112 nominations to HBO's 108. In the end, the networks tied with 23 Emmy wins each.

Source: Reuters