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Game of Thrones earns a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:30 PM
This image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The programme was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, September 17. (HBO via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” roared back onto the Emmy Award battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” while a streaming platform made history by earning the most bids for the first time.

Netflix’s 112 nominations took away the front-runner title that HBO held since 2001, giving cable and broadcast TV more reason to fear their future in viewers as well as honours.

HBO is no piker: It claimed 108 bids.

“Game of Thrones” helped boost the premium cable service’s total and became the most-nominated series of all time, with its 129 nods topping the 124 nominations earned by “ER”.

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” was the top comedy series nominee the with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of the absence this time around of three-time winner “Veep.”

″Atlanta” will face newcomers including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ″Glow” and “Barry.” Others in the category include “black’ish,” ″Silicon Valley,” ″Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

The short-lived revival of “Roseanne,” cancelled because of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf. Another revival, “Will & Grace,” got Emmy love for nominees Megan Mullally and Molly Shannon but the main stars and series itself were snubbed.

“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh made history of her own, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for lead acting honours in a drama series.

Three notable first-time nominees: Issa Rae for “Insecure,” Ricky Martin for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and John Legend for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” If Legend wins, he’ll join the rarefied club of “EGOT” performers who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

“Saturday Night Live,” riding high with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods.

The Emmys ceremony airs September 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” as hosts.

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