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70th Emmy Awards: An early battle for Game of Thrones

HBO's Series Game of Thrones has 22 nominations!


The HBO’s series ‘Game of Thrones is back’, and could be dominating at the 70th Prime-time Emmy Awards. After missing out on last year’s ceremony due to technical reasons, HBO’s series is back in the award race, it might throw The Handmaid’s Tale off the winning streak.

Last year Game of Thrones was forced to sit out from the Emmy’s because the season 7 went on air out of the award’s eligibility period. It won in the  outstanding Drama Series category for season 5 and 6.

The space left vacant due to GoT’s absence in this category was filled in by Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which made history by being first streaming series to take home the top drama prize.

Earlier in 2016, “Game of Thrones” made history, picking up 12 awards. It became the most decorated fictional show since the Television Academy first handed out prizes in 1949.

Game of Thrones has won seven statuettes in technical categories at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, while The Handmaid’s Tale lifted up three. And both are likely to add to that haul at tomorrow’s glittering gala in downtown Los Angeles.

Top five programs with most overall nominations:
“Game of Thrones” – 22
“Saturday Night Live” – 21
“Westworld” – 21
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – 20
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – 18

It is being reported that the Television Academy’s 22,000-plus members have already cast their ballots for the 70th Prime-time Emmys, known as the small screen Oscars!

Here is the list of Emmy’s 70th awards nominations in key categories:
Outstanding Drama Series
“The Americans”
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This is Us”
Outstanding Comedy Series
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”sixthMAds
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Lead Actor, Drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Ed Harris, “Westworld”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This is Us”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

Lead Actress, Drama
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Lead Actress, Comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Supporting Actor, Drama
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Matt Smith, “The Crown”

Supporting Actress, Drama
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”
Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”
Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
Outstanding Limited Series
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Patrick Melrose”
Outstanding Television Movie
“Fahrenheit 451”
“The Tale”
“USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”
Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”
John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Laura Dern, “The Tale”
Michelle Dockery, “Godless”
Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Regina King, “Seven Seconds”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”


the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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