By Steve Gorman and Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – HBO’s (N:) medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones” led nominations on Thursday for the Emmy awards, the highest honors in television.
“Games of Thrones” got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series, followed by NBC sketch show “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s sci-fi series “Westworld” with 21 nominations each, and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” with 20.
Streaming service Netflix (O:) had the most nominations, at 112, followed by HBO with 108. NBC had 78 nods.
The Emmy awards will be handed out a at ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 17 hosted by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost.
“Game of Thrones” will compete for best drama with last year’s Emmy champion, dystopian tale “The Handmaid’s Tale”, supernatural series “Stranger Things” for Netflix, British royal series “The Crown,” NBC’s family drama “This Is Us,” Cold War spy series “The Americans” on FX and “Westworld.”
“Game of Thrones” was out of the running in 2017 because the show aired later than usual.
In the comedy categories, hip-hop themed FX show “Atlanta” is up against Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ABC’s “black-ish,” female wrestling show “GLOW,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, quirky comedy “Barry”, tech comedy “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Perennial Emmy favorite comedy “Veep” is out of this year’s race because of a production delay caused by the cancer treatment of star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won best comedy actress six years in a row.
FX’s true crime dramatization “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” led the booming limited category with 18 nominations, including a best actor nod for Darren Criss who plays the killer of the Italian fashion designer.
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