'Game of Thrones' sets new record with 32 Emmy nominations

The fantasy drama toppled the former record set by 'NYPD Blue' in 1994

Emilia Clarke in the final episode of "Game of Thrones." Courtesy HBO

Game of Thrones earned a record 32 Emmy nominations for its eighth and final season on Tuesday.

The HBO saga's total eclipsed the all-time series record of 27 nods earned by NYPD Blue in 1994.

The Emmy voters' acclaim stands in sharp contrast to fan reaction to the show's final season, which was labelled "rushed" by some who demanded it be remade. But the show's ratings never faltered for the series, based on George R R Martin's novels, setting new highs for HBO.
A slew of acting nominations for the cast and guest stars, including the show's sole previous winner, Peter Dinklage, helped boost Game of Thrones to a new record of 160 total nominations — breaking its own previous record of 128.

The series dominated in the Supporting actor and actress categories, making up seven of the 13 nominations with the women of the series — including Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams —  earning the lions share of the nominations.

Stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington each earned nominations for Best Lead Actor or Actress in a drama series. Clarke will be competing in a category that is notable for its diversity this year and includes past winner Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder and repeat nominee Sandra Oh for Killing Eve. Oh will have another chance to become the first actress of Asian descent to win the trophy after losing to Claire Foy last year for Netflix's The Crown.

Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was a distant second behind Game of Thrones, with 20 nominations in the comedy categories. 
Other top nominees include the nuclear disaster mini-series Chernobyl with 19 nominations and Saturday Night Live with 18. When They See Us, the mini-series that dramatised the Central Park Five case and its aftermath, received 16 bids.
The 71st Emmy Awards will air September 22 on Fox, with the host yet to be announced. Here are the rest of the nominees in key categories:

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul


Game of Thrones

Killing Eve




This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series



The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Russian Doll

Schitt's Creek


Lead Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This is Us

Lead Actress, Drama

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House Of Cards

Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Lead Actress, Comedy

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Supporting Actor, Drama

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Michael Kelly, House Of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Supporting Actress, Drama

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Julia Garner, Ozark

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Tony Hale, Veep

Stephen Root, Barry

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actress, Comedy 

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Limited Series


Escape at Dannemora


Sharp Objects

When They See Us

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch


Deadwood: The Movie

King Lear

My Dinner with Herve

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us

Joey King, The Act

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Top five programmes with most overall

Game of Thrones — 32

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel — 20

Chernobyl — 19

Saturday Night Live — 18

Barry — 17

Top five platforms with most overall nominations

HBO: 137

Netflix: 117

NBC: 58

Amazon Prime Video: 47

CBS: 43