Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Game of Thrones leads Emmy 2018 nominations with 22 nods

Game of Thrones leads Emmy 2018 nominations with 22 nods

HBO's Game of Thrones may have just become the Emmy Awards' most-nominated program ever, with nominations in a whopping 22 categories, but this year's standout is Netflix.

HBO's Game of Thrones is closely followed by dystopian sci-fi series The Handmaid's Tale, which gained 20 nominations and won top drama a year ago.

"Games of Thrones", a worldwide hit, got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series.

The USA Network legal drama, whose eighth season will premiere later this month, has yet to receive any Emmy nods.

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HBO is no piker: It claimed 108 bids.

The nominees for best drama series were The Handmaid's Tale; Game of Thrones; This Is Us; The Crown; The Americans; Stranger Things; and Westworld.

"The Handmaid's Tale, " the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honors last year, drew 20 bids, including one for last year's best actress victor, Elisabeth Moss, and supporting bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes.

However, there were a number of others who were nominated for the first time for longer-running shows. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods.

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Seriously, what does Lauren Graham have to do to earn an Emmy nomination? He is also nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live".

The Emmy awards will be handed out a at a ceremony in Los Angeles on September 17 hosted by "Saturday Night Live" cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost.

The comedy crown usually stored in the "Veep" trophy cabinet went this year to "Atlanta", the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods. Although it's up for top series honours, it drew only three supporting actor bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

It was a deep year of nominations for minority performers, who accounted for over one-third of Thursday's acting nominees.

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