Emmy awards bring new contenders

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HBO’s medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones may have led the nominations for the Emmy Awards on Thursday that spanned satire to the supernatural, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.

A slew of first time Emmy contenders included Sandra Oh as the first Asian-American lead comedy actress nominee for her role in quirky spy series Killing Eve, and Rachel Brosnahan’s 1950s housewife turned comedian in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Female-led shows and stories also did well as television continued to lead the way in reflecting social change, while the likes of Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Issa Rae, Regina King, and John Legend headed a racially diverse acting line-up.

Games of Thrones, a worldwide hit, got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series. It was followed by NBC’s sketch show Saturday Night Live and HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld with 21 nominations each, and Hulu’s dystopian vision 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 supernatural drama Stranger Things and British royal show The Crown to female wrestling comedy GLOW, new Western drama Godless and reality makeover series Queer Eye.

Stranger Things executive producer and director Shawn Levy said the streaming service was a joy to work with. “They follow our lead and they don’t make us live inside a box either creatively or financially, and that is almost unheard of among networks and movie studios,” Levy told Reuters on Thursday.

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

One thing common about every nomination and award of Emmy awards were that each show is heavily viewed by viewers across the country.

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