‘Game of Thrones’ leads Emmy nominations with 22


By Lynn Elber - AP Television Writer



This image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The program was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 17.

This image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The program was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 17.


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LOS ANGELES — “Game of Thrones” roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids but facing a formidable opponent in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” last year’s top drama series.

The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmys held a clear sign of how much the ground is shifting under the TV industry: streaming service Netflix captured the most nominations overall, 112, taking away a title that HBO held since 2001 and giving broadcast TV more reason to fear its future in awards and viewers.

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” was the top comedy nominee with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of this year’s absence of three-time winner “Veep.” ”Atlanta” will face newcomers including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ”Glow” and “Barry.”

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

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

HBO’s fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama winner that sat out the last year’s Emmys because of its production schedule. Although it’s up for top series honors, it drew only three supporting acting bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

“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 winner, Elisabeth Moss, and supporting bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes.

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

EMMY NOMINATIONS

Drama series:

“The Americans”

“The Crown”

“Game of Thrones”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us”

“Westworld”

Comedy series:

“Atlanta”

“Barry”

“black-ish”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

“Glow”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

“Silicon Valley”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Limited series:

“The Alienist”

“Assassination of Gianni Versace”

“Genius: Picasso”

“Godless”

“Patrick Melrose”

Lead actress, drama:

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

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, comedy:

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

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, limited series/movie:

Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Laura Dern, “The Tale”

Michelle Dockery, “Godless”

Edie Falco, “The Menendez Murders”

Regina King, “Seven Seconds”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

Lead actor, limited series/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”

Jesse Plemons, “Black Mirror: USS Callister”

Variety sketch series:

“At Home With Amy Sedaris”

“Drunk History”

“I Love You America”

“Portlandia”

“Saturday Night Live”

“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

Reality competition program:

“The Amazing Race”

“American Ninja Warrior”

“Project Runway”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Variety talk series:

“The Daily Show”

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”

This image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The program was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 17.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_120930282-e7e2bfae15254d85af724f761dbc746e.jpgThis image released by HBO shows a scene from “Game of Thrones.” The program was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for outstanding drama series. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 17. HBO via AP

By Lynn Elber

AP Television Writer

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