The Emmys: We Look At The Nominations Ahead Of Tonight's 71st Emmy Awards

22 September 2019
Emmys, Game of Thrones, Kit Harington, Joe Keery, Chernobyl
GQ Cover Star Kit Harington and Nearly Everyone Else in GOT is Nominated

Tonight is the 71st Primetime Emmys, the awards honouring the best in television for 2019. And what a year of television it’s been. Never have our sofas seen so much action.

The final season of Game of Thrones, Phoebe Waller Bridge’s hilarious, heartbreaking Fleabag, the staggering work that is Chernobyl. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned Succession, a show that was largely slept on until its second season saw it recently catapulted into the top spot as social media’s number one watch-along.

Understandably, GOT dominates the drama nominations with GQ’s February cover star Kit Harington up for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Emilia Clarke nominated for Lead Actress. There are also nominations for Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie. Theirs will either be the best, or worst, after party of the night.

Chernobyl and Better Call Saul are up for 4 awards including Outstanding Limited Series, and Outstanding Drama Series respectively, while When They See Us is up for 9. Game of Thrones though leads the nominations with 10. Add that to last week’s Creative Arts Emmy awards and you get 32 nominations in total. The most for any show in the awards’ history.

Even in an age where we’re used to studios treating individual TV episodes like movies in their own right, it seems unlikely we’ll see something to rival the scale and ambition of Game of Thrones for a long time. Someone will need to write, although not necessarily finish, the damn thing first. We expect it to sweep the board, as much as a nostalgic thank you as for the quality of the final season.

And if you’re wondering why The Crown, Stranger Things or indeed any one of yourother favourite shows haven’t been nominated, it could be that they didn’t air at the right time to be eligible (1 June 2018- 31 May 2019). Perhaps they didn’t fancy trying to compete with those dragons.