Show's Record-Breaking Performance Helps HBO Keep Rival Netflix in Second Place

HBO’s flagship drama, Game of Thrones, led the Emmy field today by earning 32 nominations in its eighth and final season — the largest number of Emmy nominations any drama has ever gotten in a single year.

In addition to 10 acting nominations and a nomination as outstanding drama series, Thrones was cited for cinematography, direction, picture editing, writing, directing, production design, casting, title design, stunt coordination, fantasy/sci-fi costumes, special visual effects, creative achievement in interactive media within a scripted program, hairstyling, makeup, prosthetic makeup, music composition, sound editing and sound mixing.

The record-breaking performance of Game of Thrones propelled HBO to a total of 137 nominations this year, silencing some pundits who thought this might be Netflix’s chance to pull ahead of its cable TV rival. Netflix had to make do with a mere 117 nominations, putting it in second place — and way ahead of bronze finisher NBC, with 58.

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s Prime Video had a pretty good year, increasing its nomination take from 22 last year to 47 this year. Twenty of those went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which was the second-most-nominated series of the day. It earned seven nominations for acting, as well as nominations for outstanding comedy series, directing, cinematography, picture editing, sound mixing, casting, production design, period costumes, hairstyling, make-up and music supervision. (Unfortunately for Amazon, its much-ballyhooed limited series Good Omens, though beloved by fans, only managed three nominations: fantasy/sci-fi costumes, original score, and main title theme music.)

Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris

Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris in Chernobyl

In third place was HBO’s limited series Chernobyl, which got 19 nominations. They included one nomination for lead actor along with nods for outstanding limited series, directing, cinematography, casting, picture editing, hairstyling, makeup, prosthetic makeup, production design, writing, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects, period costumes, and music composition.

Here’s StudioDaily’s coverage of some of this year’s Emmy-nominated work:

Source: Television Academy

The complete list of Emmy nominations is available at