After missing out on last year’s Emmy awards, HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ leads this year’s nominations with 22 nods. Trailing closely behind with 21 nominations each are NBC’S ‘Saturday Night Live’ and HBO’s ‘Westworld’ and Hulu’s ‘A Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s best drama series, earned 20 nods.
Despite having 2 shows leading the nominations, premium cable giant, HBO, lost its 17 year streak of highest Emmy nominations, to popular streaming service, Netflix, who bagged 112 nominations.
This is the first time in Emmy history that a streaming service has surpassed a major network as the most nominated network.
Also making history is Sandra Oh of ‘Killing Eve’ who is the first Asian- American to receive an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama nomination.
Quite notably, numerous nominees this year are women and people of colour, with Sterling K. Brown of ‘This Is Us’, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton of ‘Westworld’, Issa Rae of ‘Insecure’, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson of ‘Black-ish’, Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz of ‘Atlanta’, Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson of ‘Saturday Night Live’, Tituss Burgess of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, and John Legend of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, all bagging nominations.
Legend is also within reach of an EGOT as he is up for 2 Emmys, one for for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and one for producing the show with theater legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who are also an E away from their own EGOTs.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost, and will air on NBC Monday, September 17, at 8 p.m. ET.