Plenty of love for GoT

Stag­ger­ing 22 nods for hugely pop­u­lar fan­tasy epic


RECORD-BREAK­ING fan­tasy epic Game of Thrones made a storm­ing come­back yes­ter­day to Hol­ly­wood’s awards cir­cuit af­ter a year off, dom­i­nat­ing this year’s Emmy nom­i­na­tions with a whop­ping 22 nods.

The smash hit HBO show, which re­turns for a short­ened eighth and final sea­son next year, will com­pete once again for the cov­eted best drama series prize, sev­eral act­ing tro­phies and a slew of tech­ni­cal awards.

The show about no­ble fam­i­lies vy­ing for the Iron Throne faces a tough challenge from peren­nial fa­vorite com­edy sketch show Satur­day Night Live and HBO sta­ble­mate West­world with 21 noms each.

The Tele­vi­sion Acad­emy’s 22,000-plus mem­bers spent two weeks in June sift­ing through more than 9000 en­tries to choose nom­i­nees for the Em­mys, the small-screen equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars.

“The con­tin­ued growth of the in­dus­try has pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for ac­claimed new pro­grams to emerge, while al­low­ing last sea­son’s break­through pro­grams to thrive,” said acad­emy chair­man Hayma Wash­ing­ton.

The Em­mys recog­nise 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.

With women’s rights ad­vo­cates an­gry over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­na­tion of a deeply con­ser­va­tive judge to serve on the Supreme Court, a show about a fic­tional night­mar­ish Amer­ica run by a to­tal­i­tar­ian regime bent on op­press­ing women is tipped to steal some of the thun­der of Thrones.

Hulu’s The Hand­maid’s Tale scored 20 nom­i­na­tions – seven bet­ter than last year – and is an early fa­vorite to re­peat as the win­ner for best drama in Septem­ber.

An­other big story on Thurs­day was Net­flix end­ing a 17year win­ning streak by HBO.

The streamer led the nom­i­na­tions with 112, while HBO scored 108. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods.

But it was Thrones that set the Em­mys pace with its sev­enth sea­son.

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