Emmy Awards: Will last year’s series wins for ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Veep’ mean more acting nominations this year?

A first Emmy win for best series can mean a show picks up more acting nominations the following year. Will last year’s first-time champs — “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” — follow this pattern? After all, neither of these HBO shows has seen a drop in quality and both are still favored to take the series prizes again this year.

A year after “The West Wing” won Best Drama Series for the first time in 2000, Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe reaped their first bids. Likewise, after “The Office” won Best Comedy Series for its first and only time in 2006, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson earned Emmy nominations in 2007. And a year on from “Modern Family” taking the crown for its first season in 2010, Ed O’Neill received his first-ever Emmy nomination.

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Last year “Game of Thrones” player Peter Dinklage won Drama Supporting Actor for a second time. Both Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey were nominated in Drama Supporting Actress. While I am predicting all three of them will reap repeat bids, I am not expecting anyone else from the cast to contend in these very competitive categories. Having said that, Kit Harington could contend for his much hyped ‘return’ as Jon Snow. And both Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams delivered great performances and are deserving of nominations.

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Last year “Veep” won Comedy Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Comedy Supporting Actor for Tony Hale. And Anna Chlumsky was nominated for Comedy Supporting Actress. I expect all three will be back this year. And from the rest of the cast, I am predicting Timothy Simons will benefit from the series win last year. After all, his character, Jonah, ran for Congress this season. That elevated his profile on the show, with a real-life campaign website and newspaper ads. Standing as a foil to the other characters, puts him in good stead to be nominated alongside Hale.

Of course, there are a host of other funny fellows on “Veep” including Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Kevin Dunn, Hugh Laurie and Gary Cole. But all of them, and even Simons, could be snubbed due to vote splitting. Likewise for Sarah Sutherland and Sufre Bradshaw in supporting actress.

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