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Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations

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

Veep takes on Mrs Maisel 

HBO's haul included three-times best drama series winner Game of Thrones, and recognition for actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams in the show's final season.

While the nods for Game of Thrones were expected, despite a fan uproar over the series finale in May, HBO also scored 19 nominations with its limited series Chernobyl, a dramatization of the 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine and Soviet efforts to cover it up.

A scene from  Chernobyl. [Photo/Mtime]

"Word of mouth has probably been the most significant way in which this show has achieved this impact," Jared Harris, a best actor nominee for Chernobyl, told Reuters.

The series has played in Russia and brought curious tourists to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Netflix scored 117 nominations, led by When They See Us which racked up 16 nods for director and writer Ava DuVernay's heart-wrenching dramatization of the wrongful imprisonment of five black teens for a rape in New York in 1989.

"Thank you @Netflix for believing in this story and letting me tell it the exact way I wanted. Appreciate the faith and the fearlessness," DuVernay wrote on Twitter.

Rachel Brosnahan in a scene from  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. [Photo/Mtime]

In the comedy category, returning Emmy champ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amazon Studios got 20 nominations, including for lead actress Rachel Brosnahan.

It will face off against HBO's political satire Veep, which ended its seven-season run in May, and its six-time Emmy-winning star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the foul-mouthed politician hell-bent on becoming US president.

FX's groundbreaking LGBTQ series Pose, about the drag ball culture in 1980s New York, will contend for best drama and won a first-time nomination for star Billy Porter.

"I'm so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day.

Pose speaks a truth that has the power to transform hearts and minds," Porter said in a statement.

Popular shows and past Emmy winners Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale were not broadcast during this year's Emmy eligibility period.


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