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Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads nominees with 32 nods

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones leads the nominations for this year’s Emmys (2019) with a massive 32 nods.

The epic climax to the popular series, which was greeted with divisive reviews earlier this year, amassed the highest total for any programme in a single year, beating NYPD Blue, which received 26 in 1994. But some pundits have already predicted that those lukewarm reviews could harm its chances of awards night success.

Game of Thrones goes up against British series Bodyguard and Killing Eve for outstanding drama series, alongside Netflix dramas Better Call Saul and Ozark, Ryan Murphy’s Pose, HBO’s Succession and US primetime favourite This Is Us.

Emilia Clarke is up for best actress, alongside Killing Eve duo Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Laura Linney (Ozark), Mandy Moore (This Is Us) and Robin Wright (House Of Cards).

Ironically, Comer – whose portrayal of Killing Eve‘s psychopathic assassin Villanelle won her a BAFTA earlier this year – received only her first Emmy nomination this year, having been overlooked for the show’s first season.

Her co-star Oh, who was nominated last year, ultimately lost the best actress category to Claire Foy, who played the Queen in Netflix’s The Crown.

Returning to Game of Thrones, and Kit Harington is shortlisted for his portrayal of tortured hero Jon Snow in the saga. He faces competition from Hugh Grant, who is nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie for A Very English Scandal, Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us) and Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon).

Game of Thrones also fared really well in the best supporting actor and actress in a drama series categories.

For the former, Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are all shortlisted, while in the latter, Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will compete against each other.

Another British hopeful is Fleabag, a dark comedy about a Londoner grappling with the death of her best friend and her troublesome family. The critically-acclaimed show landed nominations for all five of its female stars – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Sian Clifford, Kristin Scott Thomas and Fiona Shaw.

The latter actress picked up a second nomination for her role as MI6 chief Carolyn Martens in Killing Eve.

Waller-Bridge, who created Fleabag and who penned the first series of Killing Eve, faces stiff competition in the best comedy actress category from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who already holds the record for the most Emmy awards for a single role. Dreyfus will be hoping to pick up a seventh prize for her portrayal of US President Selena Meyer in Veep, which ended its run earlier this year.

And last year’s winner, Rachel Brosnahan, is also a favourite for Amazon Prime’s comedy-drama The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, in which she plays an aspiring comedian in 1950s New York.

British drama “Chernobyl”: – a co-production between Sky and HBO that received some of the best reviews of the year so far – is also shortlisted in several key categories, including outstanding limited series.

Series principals Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård are also shortlisted in several of the acting categories.

This year’s Emmy ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on September 22.

The nominations and winners are voted for by the 25,000 Emmy members and recognise the best of television. The awards are the biggest TV awards show in the US.

View the main nominees at a glance