When last year’s Emmy nominations were unveiled, HBO’s “Westworld” was the king of all dramas with a whopping 22 bids. Its closest competitor was Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which came in at 18 total noms. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) and “The Crown” (Netflix) each nabbed 13, followed by NBC’s “This Is Us,” which ended up with 10. However, none of those numbers match the nominations tallies of “Game of Thrones,” which earned 24 in 2015 and 23 in 2016. At the upcoming 2018 Emmys, will “Game of Thrones” once again be TV’s drama nominations leader, or will one of its competitors claim that title? Vote in our poll below.
After only six Emmy cycles, “Game of Thrones” has become the most rewarded primetime series in television history. It’s won a total of 38 trophies, including Best Drama Series (2015-16), Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage (2011, 2015), Best Drama Writing (2015-16) and Best Drama Directing (2015-16). The previous primetime series to hold the record was “Frasier,” which amassed 37 Emmys over 11 seasons.
The last time it was eligible in 2016, “Game of Thrones” earned noms for six cast members: Dinklage and Kit Harington for Best Drama Supporting Actor, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams for Best Drama Supporting Actress, and Max von Sydow for Best Drama Guest Actor. But the real love for “Game of Thrones” comes in the craft categories every year. It’s consistently nominated across the board in everything from cinematography to stunts. In fact, the only Emmy category it has trouble cracking into is Best Music Composition; composer Ramin Djawadi has been snubbed every year except 2014.
Since “Game of Thrones” didn’t air any new episodes during last year’s Emmy eligibility period, that opened the door for new shows to break through. “Westworld” took advantage of the open slots, winning five Creative Arts Emmys: Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Hairstyling and Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. “Stranger Things” also took home five trophies: Best Casting, Best Main Title Design, Best Main Title Theme Music, Best Picture Editing and Best Sound Editing.
However, the biggest winner of all on the drama side at the 2017 ceremony was “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With “Game of Thrones” MIA, “Handmaid’s” was able to take home Best Drama Series, simultaneously anointing Hulu as the first streaming service to win that coveted prize. In all it ran off with eight Emmy Awards: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress for Elisabeth Moss, Best Drama Supporting Actress for Ann Dowd, Best Drama Guest Actress for Alexis Bledel, Best Drama Writing, Best Drama Directing, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.
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