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Global Times US Edition - - LIFE -

The di­vi­sive fi­nal sea­son of Game of Thrones smashed the record for most Prime­time Emmy nom­i­na­tions by a drama se­ries in a sin­gle year, earn­ing a whop­ping 32 nods Tues­day.

HBO’S fan­tasy epic en­raged fans with its bumpy con­clu­sion but still trounced the com­pe­ti­tion to strengthen its iron grip on the small-screen equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Ama­zon’s story of a 1950s house­wife­turned-stand up comic – was a dis­tant sec­ond with 20 nom­i­na­tions.

Thrones is the most dec­o­rated fic­tional show in the awards’ sev­en­decade history, and now has 161 nom­i­na­tions over­all – in­clud­ing 47 wins.

“For those who will be adding 2019 to their long list of nom­i­na­tions and or wins from other years – it never gets old!” said Tele­vi­sion Academy Chair­man and CEO Frank Scherma.

The show about fam­i­lies vy­ing for the Iron Throne broke a 25-year drama se­ries nom­i­na­tions record held by NYPD Blue, which earned 27 nods in 1994.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Har­ing­ton were rec­og­nized in the lead act­ing cat­e­gories, while eight other Thrones cast mem­bers swept the board in the sup­port­ing and guest act­ing cat­e­gories. The short­ened eighth and last sea­son also won a slew of tech­ni­cal awards.

Thrones cap­i­tal­ized on a thread­bare year for drama, with sev­eral big hit­ters such as The Hand­maid’s Tale miss­ing from the main cat­e­gories. The next high­est-placed drama –

AMC’S Break­ing Bad pre­quel Bet­ter Call Saul – man­aged just eight nom­i­na­tions.

HBO’S ac­claimed lim­ited se­ries Ch­er­nobyl placed third over­all this year with 19 nom­i­na­tions, ahead of peren­nial Em­mys pow­er­house Satur­day Night Live with 18.

HBO re­claims crown

This year’s nom­i­na­tions saw HBO re­claim its ti­tle for most­nom­i­nated net­work from web stream­ing gi­ant Net­flix, which in 2018 had ended its 17-year win­ning streak.

HBO claimed 137 nods to Net­flix’s 117 – a record for each, mean­ing the pair tighten their joint stran­gle­hold on the pres­ti­gious awards.

“Sure, things could look very dif­fer­ent next year when HBO will be with­out both drama Game of Thrones ... and com­edy Veep,” wrote The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter’s Scott Fein­berg. “But for one more year, at least, HBO is tops in TV.”

Net­flix’s When They See Us, the true story of five men wrongly ac­cused of rap­ing a Cen­tral Park jog­ger, picked up a stun­ning eight act­ing nods.

“Thank you to the real men for invit­ing me to tell their story... Love you, broth­ers,” tweeted se­ries creator Ava Du­ver­nay.

Ama­zon Prime also en­joyed a stel­lar year, more than dou­bling its haul to reach 47 nods, just be­hind NBC with 58.

As well as Maisel, dark British com­edy Fleabag per­formed well for Ama­zon, with five of its ac­tresses re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing lead Phoebe Waller-bridge.

Waller-bridge, who is cur­rently rewrit­ing the up­com­ing 25th James Bond film, also re­ceived a writ­ing nom­i­na­tion for Fleabag.

“CRY­ING AND DY­ING... I can­not speak !!!!!! Our whole team is in bits,” tweeted Sian Clif­ford, who earned sup­port­ing ac­tress recog­ni­tion.

But there was dis­ap­point­ment for the tra­di­tional big four broad­cast net­works – CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC – which were left “hang­ing on for dear life,” said Fein­berg.

In par­tic­u­lar, the fi­nal sea­son of CBS rat­ings smash The Big Bang The­ory failed to reg­is­ter in any main cat­e­gories.

A-lis­ters Ju­lia Roberts and Jim Car­rey were shunned by vot­ers, who ig­nored their re­spec­tive per­for­mances in Ama­zon’s Homecoming and Show­time’s Kid­ding. While Net­flix/ BBC thriller Body­guard earned a drama se­ries nod, its lead ac­tor Richard Mad­den was a sur­pris­ing omis­sion.

Record en­tries

The Em­mys rec­og­nizes shows that were on in the 12 months to May 31. That meant sev­eral vot­ers’ fa­vorites were ab­sent from main cat­e­gories this year, in­clud­ing Hulu’s new sea­son of The Hand­maid’s Tale. The 2017 drama se­ries win­ner still man­aged to pick up 11 nom­i­na­tions in tech­ni­cal cat­e­gories, for episodes sub­mit­ted from the tail-end of its pre­vi­ous sea­son. Big Lit­tle Lies and Stranger Things also just missed the cut-off this time around. The Tele­vi­sion Academy’s 24,000 mem­bers sifted through a record num­ber of en­tries for this year’s Em­mys. The nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced in a live-streamed pre­sen­ta­tion from Los Angeles hosted by The Good Place ac­tress D’arcy Car­den and The Masked Singer pan­elist Ken Jeong. Fi­nal-round vot­ing will now be­gin to pick win­ners who will be re­vealed at a glitzy Los Angeles show on Septem­ber 22.

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