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Despite the audience outcry about the series finale of “Game of Thrones” earlier this year, the fantasy saga still dominated the nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, in conjunction with the Creative Arts Emmy Awards from last weekend, will be airing on Fox this Sunday night at 8 p.m. The nominations for the award show, which honors the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019, were announced on July 16 by D’Arcy Carden from “The Good Place” and Ken Jeong from “Community” and “The Hangover.” This is the fourth time the show will not have a host.
With 32 nominations, including nine for acting and three for directing, “Game of Thrones” has broken the record for most nominations for one series in a single season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the fourth award season that the show has led the pack for the Emmys. Besides Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington’s nominations for Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series, the series also has a chance to win Best Drama Series, as well as multiple nominations for its supporting actors. “Game of Thrones” has won the Best Drama Series category four times before.
Following not far behind, the comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is heading into the awards show with 20 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Best Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub and two nominations each in the categories of Best Supporting Actress and Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. HBO’s “Chernobyl” follows closely behind with 19 nominations, and other shows that have garnered multiple nominations include “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Barry,” FX’s “Fosse” and “Verdon” and Netflix’s “When They See Us.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Amazon Prime’s “Fleabag” has also earned some acclaim as a contender for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series as well as for her writing in an episode. Harry Bradbeer earned a nomination for the same episode. Other nominations include Olivia Coleman and Sian Clifford for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Fiona Shaw and Kristin Scott Thomas for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
One of the most competitive categories will be Best Comedy Series, which includes the shows “Barry,” “Fleabag,” “The Good Place,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Russian Doll,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Veep.” Another is Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which includes Ted Danson from “The Good Place,” Bill Hader from “Barry,” Eugene Levy from “Schitt’s Creek,” Anthony Anderson from “Black-ish,” Don Cheadle from “Black Monday” and Michael Douglas from “The Kominsky Method.” According to Time Magazine, Danson had previously won the award in 1990 and 1993 for his role in “Cheers.”
For a full list of the nominees, head to the official Emmys’ website, and tune into the awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Hollie Lao is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.