Tuesday morning saw the announcement of the 71st annual Emmy Awards nominees, presented by Ken Jeong (The Masked Singer) and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) from Los Angeles. Despite severe criticisms of its eighth and final season, HBO’s high fantasy drama Game of Thrones, adapted from George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, snagged a whopping, record-breaking 32 nominations.
In addition to a nomination for Best Drama Series, the Television Academy also recognized Kit Harington for Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Emilia Clarke for Lead Actress in a Drama Series; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, and Peter Dinklage for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Gwendoline Christie for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; Carice Van Houten for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series; David Nutter (“The Last of the Starks”) for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series; Rowley Irlam for Outstanding Stunt Coordination; and Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, and Carla Stronge for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.
Contentious series finale “The Iron Throne” earned 4 nominations: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series; Kate Weiland for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; and Jonathan Freeman for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera series for the episode “The Iron Throne.”
Meanwhile, “The Long Night” gained 8 nominations: Miguel Sapochnik for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series; Tim Porter for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; Tim Kimmel, Tim Hands, Paula Fairfield, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch, John Matter, David Klotz, Brett Voss, Jeffrey Wilhoit, and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit for Outstanding Sound Editing; Onnalee Blank, Mathew Waters, Simon Kerr, Danny Crowley, and Ronan Hill for Outstanding Sound Mixing; Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks, Nicola Mount, and Rosalie Culora for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; Jane Walker, Kay Bilk, Marianna Kyriacou, Nicola Matthews, and Pamela Smyth for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Emma Faulkes, Paul Spateri, Chloe Muton-Phillips, Duncan Jarman, Patt Foad, John Eldred-Tooby, Barrie Gower, and Sarah Gower for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup; and Ramin Djawadi for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score).
The Television Academy also nominated Michele Clapton, Emma O’Loughlin, and Kate O’Farrell for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes for the episode “The Bells”; Angus Wall, Kirk Shintani, Shahana Khan, Ian Ruhfass, and Rustam Hasanov for Outstanding Main Title Design; Crispin Green (“Winterfell”) for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series; Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Adam Chazen, Sam Conway, Mohsen Mousavi, Martin Hill, Ted Rae, Patrick Tiberius Gehlen, and Thomas Schelesny for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the episode “The Bells”; and Deborah Riley, Paul Ghirardani, and Rob Cameron for Outstanding Production Design for the episode “The Bells.”
Finally, HBO and AT&T were nominated for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program for their “Fight For The Living: Beyond The Wall Virtual Reality Experience”.
Whew. Although Game of Thrones basically swept the nominations, GLOW, Steven Universe, Bandersnatch and others also earned nods from the Television Academy. To see the full list of nominations, click here.
The 71st annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.