The nominations for the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced earlier this morning, and if you had any doubts as to how the Television Academy felt about the magnificent final season of "Game of Thrones," it would appear we now have a firm answer. The show was showered with a record-setting 32 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Drama Directing (x3), Drama Writing, and ten individual acting nods (including first-time nominees Alfie Allen, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten). It easily earned the most nominations for the year, with the next closest show being "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" with 20.
Speaking of which, "Maisel" topped the Comedy category, earning nods for Outstanding Comedy Series, Comedy Directing (x2), and seven individual acting nods. Curiously though, the show missed out on a Comedy Writing nod, which could be a sign of its chances in regards to winning the big prize. We all knew it was going to be "Maisel" vs "Barry" vs. "Veep," but with "Barry" being the only one to nab Writing and Directing nods, perhaps the great show will win big with its sophomore season.
Over in the limited series category, the outstanding "Chernobyl" took the lead with 19 nominations that included Outstanding Limited Series, Limited Series Writing, Limited Series Directing, and three individual nods for acting. From the outset, it always appeared as though it was going to be "Chernobyl" vs. "When They See Us," and with both series earning all of the major nods, it looks like it's going to be a very close race.
Going back to Drama, should we take the incredible number of nominations for "Game of Thrones" to mean that it's the clear favorite? It certainly appears that way. Viewers and critics seemed quite divided on the show's incredible final season, but the Television Academy certainly doesn't seem to be. There's also the fact that the next closest dramas only nabbed nine nominations total, with some earning even less.
At this point, it does certainly seem like an easy "Game of Thrones" victory, but you never know. We'll just have to wait for the ceremony on Sunday, September 22nd to find out. Be sure to check back then to see if your favorites win big.
In the meantime, please see below for a list of select major categories. You can also download a PDF of the complete nominee list here.