For the past few years, HBO’s Game of Thrones has dominated the Emmy Awards. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the show boasted the most nominations, and in both 2015 and 2016, it garnered the most wins, including the coveted Best Drama prize.
But due to scheduling and a seventh season that won’t debut until this weekend, the Westeros gang didn’t qualify for the 2017 Emmy Awards, leaving TV and streaming’s other top series to vie for its enviable position.
It looks like NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s freshman epic drama, Westworld, came out on top, with each series receiving a total of 22 nominations—more than any other show. Feud: Bette and Joan and Stranger Things trailed behind by just for nominations, with each garnering 18 nominations. (HBO once again topped all other networks and streaming services with 110 nominations, while Netflix earned 91 and NBC snagged 60.)
Saturday Night Live has had its highest-rated season in 23 years, in large part thanks to an impressive group of political impersonators, including Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon as both Kellyann Conway and Hillary Clinton. In addition to a nod for Best Variety Sketch Series, SNL’s Baldwin (who was also nominated as the host of Match Game), McKinnon, Venessa Bayer and Leslie Jones received nods for their acting, as did guest star McCarthy. Nods for writing, costumes, makeup, hair and more rounded out the show’s honors, which brought the show’s total up to a record 231 nominations in its 42-year history.
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For a Game of Thrones-less HBO, the new series Westworld did not disappoint. Not only did the series snag a nomination for Best Drama Series–one of the most coveted awards of the ceremony–but its castmembers also cleaned up, with Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton each receiving an acting nomination. The sci-fi western thriller also garnered nods for directing, writing and production design, among other categories.
These shows should enjoy their moments on top while they last: With a highly anticipated seventh season on the way, Game of Thrones may very well be back in its reigning role next year.
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