Will ‘Westworld’ set new Emmy record for most wins by a HBO first-year series?

Westworld” reaped a leading 22 Emmy nominations including bids in seven of the nine above-the-line categories: Best Drama Series; Best Drama Actor (Anthony Hopkins); Best Drama Actress (Evan Rachel Wood); Best Drama Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton). Best Drama Directing for the episode “The Bicameral Mind” (Jonathan Nolan); and Best Drama Writing for the episode “The Bicameral Mind” (Nolan, and Lisa Joy). It is a strong contender in many of these races as well as slew of the below-the-line categories at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Were “Westworld” to prevail in more than eight races, it would break the record held by “Boardwalk Empire” for most Emmy wins by a freshman series on HBO. And if this sci-fi fantasy is named Best Drama Series, it would be the first rookie contender from the paycaster to do so.

“Boardwalk Empire,” which was set in the world of Prohibition, was nominated for 18 Emmys in 2011 including Best Drama Series and won eight: Best Drama Directing for the episode “Boardwalk Empire (Pilot)” (Martin Scorsese); Best Drama Casting; Best Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series; Best Drama Single-Camera Picture Editing; Best Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series; Best Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic); Best Special Visual Effects for a Series and Best Sound Editing for a Series.

If “Westworld” reaches a lucky seven at the Emmys, it would bump “Six Feet Under” out of second place on HBO’s roster of first-year shows. The family drama “Six Feet Under” set a record for most Emmy nominations for a rookie HBO contender (23) and won six award: Best Drama Directing for the episode “Pilot” (Alan Ball); Best Drama Guest Actress (Patricia Clarkson); Best Drama Casting; Best Main Title Design; Best Main Title Theme Music and Best Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic).

In 2004, the crime drama “The Sopranos” was the first cable series to win Best Drama Series (it won again in 2007). The show got off to a decent start nabbing 16 Emmy nominations in 1999 and taking home four trophies: Best Drama Actress (Edie Falco); Best Drama Writing for the episode “College” (James Manos Jr. and David Chase); Best Drama Casting; and Best Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

The first season of “Game of Thrones” faced heavy competition from “Boardwalk Empire” in 2011 and won two of its 13 bids: Best Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) and Best Main Title Design. Likewise “In Treatment” went two for in 2008: Best Drama Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest) and Best Drama Guest Actor (Glynn Turman).

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