LOS ANGELES: Hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” topped nominations yesterday for the Primetime Emmy awards, as online streaming service Netflix again challenged traditional networks for television’s version of the Oscars.
Premium cable channel HBO’s grisly royal feud saga scored 19 nods including for best drama series, followed by “Fargo” — based on the quirky 1996 Coen brothers’ movie — with nominations in 18 categories.
Other notable nominees included Netflix’s breakthrough women’s prison show “Orange is the New Black,” earning nominations for five members of its cast, and the new crime drama “True Detective”.
Other female-led shows like “Veep,” “The Good Wife,” “Scandal” and “American Horror Story: Coven” also made strong showings.
“How incredibly humbling to be nominated not only a third time but among a group of exceptionally talented and critically acclaimed actresses,” Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” told the Hollywood Reporter.
Overall, HBO won the most nominations with 99, while online streaming giant Netflix doubled its number of nods from last year with 31. Overall “American Horror Story: Coven” was third with 17 nods, followed by 16 for “Breaking Bad,” the cult series about teacher-turned-drugs kingpin Walter White that ended last year, and the same number for AIDS drama movie “The Normal Heart.”
A slew of British actors are in the running, including Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, repeat nominees Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith for “Downton Abbey” and “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
But there were also some notable snubs, including CBS’s widely-acclaimed “The Good Wife” in the best drama race, where “Game of Thrones” is up against “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “House of Cards,” “True Detective” and “Downton Abbey.”
Also snubbed were “Homeland” star Damian Lewis and Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men”. AFP