Game of Thrones leads Emmy nominations

Thursday's nomination puts his total at seven, breaking the record for most nominated performer in this category. And with the $8 billion that chief content officer Ted Sarandos expects to throw at original programming this year, next year's Emmy noms may look rather similar. To its credit, though, HBO did receive the nothing-to-snuff-at sum of 108 noms this year, down from last year's 111. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods. The series' 20 nods were the fourth-most for any show, finishing only behind "Game of Thrones" (22), "Saturday Night Live" (21), and "Westworld" (21). She wasn't nominated for an Emmy in 2017, either.

The top comedy nominee is Donald Glover's Atlanta, with 16.

The streamer's historical limited series, "The Looming Tower", on the other hand, picked up four nominations, including Jeff Daniels for lead actor in a limited series or movie, casting, directing (Craig Zisk), and supporting actor in a limited series or movie (Michael Stuhlbarg).

The variety series category also left "The Tonight Show" on the sidelines for the second consecutive year, deservedly so, given that Jimmy Fallon's brand of vanilla-flavored latenight comedy feels a little too tepid for the times.

As always, the Emmys will be second-guessed and analyzed, looking for snubs and surprises.

The Hulu series, which is set in a dystopian MA, earned 20 nominations, including a repeat nomination for the victor of last year's Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award, Holyoke native Ann Dowd.

Vanessa Coleman

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