Published On: Thu, Jul 12th, 2018

Game of Thrones leads with 22 Emmy nominations, Canadians Maslany, Oh receive nods

Game of Thrones roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday’s nominations with 22 bids.

HBO’s fantasy saga is a two-time best drama winner that sat out the last year’s awards.

The Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leading the pack.
The Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leading the pack.  (Chris Pizzello / The associated Press file photo)

It’s returning to face formidable competition: The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honours last year, drew 20 bids, with Westworld close by with 21.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta is the top comedy with 16 bids. It will face newcomers including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry, starring Bill Hader.

The revival of Roseanne, cancelled because of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf.

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Saturday Night Live, riding high with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods.

The previous high for Game of Thrones was 24 nominations in 2015. It got 23 nods in 2016 but wasn’t eligible last year.

Netflix is the network received 112 nominations this year, up from 91 last year. Its nominations were spread around numerous shows, including Stranger Things, The Crown, GLOW and Godless.

As for Canadians, actresses Tatiana Maslany and Sandra Oh have been nominated for Emmy Awards.

The two are both up for best actress in a drama series.

Maslany is nominated for playing multiple clones on Orphan Black, which aired its final season on Space last year.

Ottawa-raised Oh is a contender for playing a secret service operative on BBC America’s Killing Eve, which debuts in Canada on July 22 on Bravo.

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Maslany won an Emmy for her role on Orphan Black in 2016.

Oh was previously nominated for five Emmys for Grey’s Anatomy, in which she played Dr. Cristina Yang for 10 seasons.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, hosted by the titular Toronto-born comedian, also received a nod for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Bee is also nominated for outstanding writing in a variety series where two other Canadians are recognized, including Montreal’s Barry Julien, one of the writers on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live.

Toronto native Jeremy Podeswa is up for an award for outstanding directing in a drama series for HBO’s Game Of Thrones, a category in which Ottawa-born Kari Skogland is also competing in for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

John Weber, who founded Toronto-based Take 5 Productions, is part of the team nominated for best children’s program as an executive producer on the Netflix adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the 70th Emmys, which are set for Sept. 17 on NBC.

With files from The Associated Press

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Game of Thrones leads with 22 Emmy nominations, Canadians Maslany, Oh receive nods