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Game Of Thrones Breaks Record For Number Of Emmy Award Nominations

Game Of Thrones Breaks Record For Number Of Emmy Award Nominations

Hit HBO series Game of Thrones has bagged itself a record-breaking 32 Emmy Award nominations ahead of this year's ceremony in September, following an absolutely huge year for the show as it bowed out with its eighth and final season.

The last series has received the most Emmy nominations for any programme in a single season - a record that was previously held by NYPD Blue, which was up for 26 awards in 1994 - as Kit Harington has been put forward for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Emilia Clarke for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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According to Variety, over its full eight seasons, Game of Thrones has nabbed 161 nominations overall.

Actors Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden announced who and what would be up for the 2019 accolades, revealing all today in a live-streamed presentation from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

Game of Thrones has come out on top with its shedload of nods, including one of the big'uns: Outstanding Drama Series - where the show goes up against Better Call Saul, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Ozark, Pose, Succession and This Is Us.

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As well as Kit and Emilia's nominations, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner are all up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Then there's all the lesser-known, but equally important awards that the show is up for, including Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Carice van Houten), taking the total number up to an impressive 32.

It's arguably a surprise to see the show picking up some recognition on the awards circuit, as this year's eighth season was one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the entertainment calendar.

A still from the final episode. Credit: HBO
A still from the final episode. Credit: HBO

In fact, the show even set an all-time ratings record for HBO when pretty much EVERYONE tuned in to see the drama unfold for the last ever episode, with 13.6 million viewers for its first airing on Sunday night alone.

Mind you, not everyone's been happy with the show's concluding season.

Back in June, we learnt that HBO had submitted the finale for the 'Best Writing' Emmy - which came as a bit of a surprise to many of the fans who weren't quite so impressed with the eighth season script.

So many fans felt underwhelmed by the script for the eighth season that they set up a petition begging for the last series to be rewritten.

However, in spite of the disappointment and outrage from many fans, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner have stood strong in their response to criticism from Game of Thrones viewers.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Credit: HBO
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Credit: HBO

Kit, who played one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow, hit back at the haters. Not holding back in the slightest, Kit took a swipe at people who have criticised the final series in an interview with Esquire.

He said: "How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant.

"I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season - and I don't mean to sound mean about critics here - but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f*** themselves."

What do you think? Do you think the final instalment of Game of Thrones was nothing but disappointing, or do you reckon it should get all the awards in the world? Head over to Game of Thrones: Westeros Posting on Facebook and let us know.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Game of Thrones

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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