The 70th Emmy nominations were announced on July 12 by presenters Samira Wiley (of Orange is the New Black fame) and Ryan Eggold (from The Blacklist).
The real takeaway is that the hit show Game of Thrones garnered a staggering 22 nominations, leading the pack in terms of the most amount of nominations received this year. However, its margin of victory was a slim one, with Saturday Night Live and Westworld each receiving 21 nominations.
Lena Headey, who plays the treacherous Cersei Lannister, has been nominated in the ‘Supporting Actress In A Drama Series’ category, while her brother/lover on the show, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, battles it out for the first time against Peter Dinklage, who plays his brother-but-not-lover Tyrion, for ‘Supporting Actor In A Drama Series’. Sibling rivalry has never been so awarded.
Her memorable stint as Lady Olenna Tyrell earned Diana Rigg a nod in the ‘Guest Actress In A Drama Series’ category.
The bevy of nominations under the show’s belt includes recognition for its casting, writing, makeup, costumes and basically every aspect. Its most competitive category would probably be for the ‘Drama Series’ title, where it faces off against The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. GOT now has the distinction of being the second-most nominated programme with a total of 129 nominations since it was first eligible in 2011, and misses out on pole position due to Saturday Night Live’s record-breaking 252 nominations. Its last meeting with the Emmys in 2016 resulted in it winning 50 percent of its total nominations, 12 out of a possible 24.
The 70th Emmy Awards will be hosted by SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost on September 17, so we’ll have to wait till then to see how well Game of Thrones does.