'Game of Thrones' leads Emmys field with 22 nominations

13 July, 2018, 08:30 | Author: Norman Carr
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The drama missed the awards in 2017 because of its production schedule but this year's nominations include nods for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage. This year, he's also nominated as an Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his appearance on Saturday Night Live where he served as a host and musical guest, performing as Childish Gambino.

Hulu scored 27 nominations from the Television Academy for the 70th annual primetime television awards, up from 18 previous year, with 20 of those nominations for "The Handmaid's Tale".

The news was not so good for Nicole Kidman, who was snubbed for her performance in Top of the Lake: China Girl, and Naomi Watts - for roles in Twin Peaks and Gypsy - when nominations were announced on Thursday.

Netflix's deep-pockets approach has lured a number of TV's biggest creative stars, including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, away from traditional outlets.

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 past year. NBC shows earned 78 nods.


Additionally, John Legend was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Of Movie for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Other drama series contenders are "Westworld" and "The Americans", nominated for its final season and with nods for stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. "We're grateful to all our nominees for making this the eighth year we've had 100 nominations or more".

Lead actress in a drama series: Claire Foy (The Crown); Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale); Sandra Oh (Killing Eve); Keri Russell (The Americans) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, which recognises excellence in television, will be held in Los Angeles on September 17.

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