'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nods, but Netflix dethrones HBO as leader

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nods, but Netflix dethrones HBO as leader

HBO's medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones" led nominations on Thursday for the Emmy awards, the highest honors in television.

Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke Daenerys Jon Snow Kit Harington
Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington. (Photo: HBO)

LOS ANGELES: HBO's medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones led nominations on Thursday for television's Emmy awards but booming streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.

Games of Thrones got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series, followed by NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live and HBO's sci-fi series Westworld with 21 nominations each, and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale with 20.

Just five years after the launch of its first original series, House of Cards, Netflix ended HBO's 17-year streak as the most Emmy-nominated network.

Netflix gathered 112 nods for shows that ranged from Stranger Things and The Crown to female wrestling comedy Glow and new Western drama Godless.

HBO had 108 nominations and NBC shows earned 78 nods.

Netflix campaigned heavily for the Emmys, the highest honours in television, and says it has budgeted US$8 billion (S$11 billion) for programming in 2018.

The Emmy awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sep 17 hosted by Saturday Night Live cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Game of Thrones will compete for best drama with last year's Emmy champion, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, which also won nods for actresses Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahovski.

Other best drama contenders include Stranger Things, The Crown, NBC's family drama This Is Us, Cold War spy series The Americans on FX and Westworld.

Game of Thrones was out of the running in 2017 because the show aired later than usual.

In the comedy categories, hip-hop themed FX show Atlanta is up against Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, ABC's Black-ish, female wrestling show Glow, Curb Your Enthusiasm, quirky comedy Barry, tech comedy Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Perennial Emmy favorite comedy Veep is out of this year's race because of a production delay caused by the cancer treatment of star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won best comedy actress six years in a row.

FX's true crime dramatisation The Assassination of Gianni Versace led the limited category with 18 nominations, including a best actor nod for Darren Criss who plays the killer of the Italian fashion designer.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Steve Gorman, Editing by Franklin Paul)

Source: Reuters