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Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations

China Daily | Updated: 2019-07-17 11:04

Actress Emilia Clarke and actor Kit Harington from a scene from  Game of Thrones. [Photo/Mtime]

LOS ANGELES - Medieval fantasy Game of Thrones scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political and social justice.

The 2019 lineup for the Emmys represented the widest array of first-time nominees in eight years, the Television Academy said, with nine new shows contending for the top prizes of best drama and best comedy series.

Sandra Oh in a scene from  Killing Eve. [Photo/Mtime]

They included female-driven BBC America thriller Killing Eve, which also won nods for stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh; dark comedy Fleabag, from Amazon.com's Amazon Studios, which got 11 nominations including for its British creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge; and surreal Netflix time-loop comedy Russian Doll, written by its star, Natasha Lyonne.

Laura Linney, a best actress nominee for her role in Netflix drug smuggling drama Ozark, said she was "thrilled that I somehow ended up in this group of kick-ass women, who all raise the bar over and over again."

In a crowded landscape of top-quality shows, A-list stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney were seen as the biggest snubs on Tuesday, failing to get nominations in their high-profile returns to the small screen in Homecoming and Catch-22 respectively.

The Big Bang Theory, which ended its run in May as the most-watched comedy on US television, was shut out of the major categories.

HBO got a leading 137 nominations, an Emmy record.

The Emmy awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept 22.

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