‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 22 Emmy Award nominations

Carla Harmon
July 12, 2018

That's up more than 20 from 2017, when it scored 91 nominations.

While HBO edged Netflix in the series categories, the longform field proved to be a deciding factor as HBO did not have a heavyweight contender this year of the size of last year's big victor Big Little Lies, while Netflix made big inroads in the space with Godless.

"Game of Thrones" helped boost the premium cable service's total and became the most-nominated series of all time, with its 129 nods topping the 124 nominations earned by "ER". But Netflix has made it clear it's more interested in having lots of quality shows that speak to lots of different audiences.

The nominees for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards have arrived and as expected, quite a few genre programs have received the recognition that they deserve.

There's no doubt Netflix execs will be very happy about today's accomplishment.

Competing with Moss, Oh and Russell for lead drama actress are Claire Foy for "The Crown", Tatiana Maslay of "Orphan Black" and Evan Rachel Wood of "Westworld".

Brown is also nominated for guest actor for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine". Its latest season premiered a full year ago, and it won't begin its eighth and final season until 2019.

It takes nothing away from Netflix's banner day to note HBO's continued strengths, or that the streamer's best-ever Emmy nomination tally will not dramatically change the TV landscape.

Besides the repeat nomination for Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale" scored nods for Drama Series, Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Joseph Fiennes), and two additional nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel and Yvonne Strahovski). But Netflix dominating things isn't exactly breaking news these days: It's just reality. They're also announcing some pretty big nominations. HBO's 17-year run as Emmy's undisputed nomination king is a record unlikely to be matched ever again.

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