The 2019 Emmy Awards will be here before you know it! Just last week, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this year’s nominations. As always, they included some serious snubs and surprises! Read on to find out everything you need to know…
Big Surprises and Snubs From The 2019 Emmy Nominations
The nominees of the 2019 Emmy Awards are in! It’ll probably come as no surprise, but some of the past years’ biggest hits are the frontrunners once again. Veep, winner of 15 Emmy awards over the years, earned another five nominations. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones, winner of over 40 Emmys previously, garnered nominations in 14 categories this year, more than any other show! Additionally, both of these show ended this year, so expect them to win a slew of awards their final time up to the plate. Other hit shows, like Better Caul Saul and This Is Us also earned five or more nominations.
However, the Emmy nominations did include some major surprises! The biggest upset of all was that both Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Big Little Lies received zero nominations. Lies is a massive hit with fans and critics alike, while Tale has already become a staple of the streaming era. In fact, since starting in 2017, Tales‘ earned five Emmy awards, including the “big” ones – Outstanding Drama Series, Best Actress, Supporting Actress, etc. However, it certainly seems as though this is the year of Game of Thrones. One can hardly blame them: between the final season, its hype, and fans’ visceral reactions…the 2019 Emmy nominations are not that surprising.
Game of Thrones: Final, Record-Breaking Honors
Game of Thrones broke Emmy history this year, earning 32 nominations across 14 categories. Due to its incredible run, some already feel confident Game of Thrones will take home the Best Drama Series Emmy. However, it does have some steep competition, including Ozark, This is Us, Better Call Saul, and Killing Eve. Of course, there’s little to no question Thrones will at least go home with some of its incredible 14 Emmy nominations. In the Supporting Actress in a Drama category, four out of the six nominees are Game of Thrones actresses – Gwendoline Christie (Sir Brianne), Lena Headey (Cersei), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). Thrones also snagged two nominees in Best Supporting Actor – Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Jamie Lannister).
Meanwhile, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) received a Best Actor in a Drama Series nomination. Still, the most surprising Thrones nomination went to David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the series finale. In case you forgot, many consider it the worst season of the show, so the nomination surprised many. The show also picked up design, editing, cinematography, and hair and makeup nominations, among others.
Netflix’s Emmy Takeover
On the sitcom side of things, Veep, another HBO show that recently ended, picked up five nominations, including Outstanding Comedy. The Outstanding Comedy category did include some surprises, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amazon and Russian Doll from Netflix. The nomination of BBC’s sitcom Fleabag also surprised some, as its first season aired in 2016, but its second didn’t air until 2019! Meanwhile, the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series offered no surprises, an almost identical match to the Outstanding Comedy nominations: Rachel Brosnahan (Mrs. Maisel), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) all received nominations.
However, the biggest story from the Emmy nominations is Netflix. Between great series like Ozark and Russian Doll, the streaming company produced tons of great limited series, like When They See Us. Before the Netflix era, most series in the Best Limited Series and Best Acting in Limited Series were almost exclusively HBO originals. Now Netflix has managed to break into that as well! This year, Netflix’s Black Mirror and They See Us compete against HBO’s Chernobyl and True Detective for Oustanding Limited Series. Meanwhile, the streaming giant picked up nominations in 29 different categories, second only to HBO.
Read the full 2019 Emmy nominations here, and the show will air on September 23!