Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Game of Thrones racks up 22 Emmy nominations

Game of Thrones racks up 22 Emmy nominations

Thursday's nomination puts his total at seven, breaking the record for most nominated performer in this category.

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.

Sandra Oh, the Canadian-born actress of "Grey's Anatomy" fame, became the first nominee of Asian descent in the leading drama actress category.

Yvonne Strahovski is nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series.

"It has been another exceptional year in television marked by extraordinary storytelling from a wealth of diverse and innovative content creators", Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said in a statement. She added a postscript: "I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied". It was also the first time Apple Inc. was nominated, for its CBS collaboration "Carpool Karaoke". The streamer led the nominations with 112, while HBO scored 108.

Each year, the Emmys recognize the best of the best in television, and this year's list of talented nominees has finally been revealed. If he wins, he will earn the coveted EGOT, having previously won a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He'd be the 13th person to pull it off, not counting honourary awards.

ABC's Black-ish has managed to increase its Emmy nomination tally a little bit every year of its existence.

However, "GLOW" has two other nominations, including "Outstanding Comedy Series" and "Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series".

Hulu's A Handmaid's Tale - which won the award for best drama series a year ago - earned 20 nods.

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.

"Game of Thrones" was out of the running in 2017 because the show aired later than usual. NBC topped the broadcast tally with 78 nominations, fueled by 21 bids for "Saturday Night Live", still on a satiric tear against the Trump administration.

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