This year’s Emmy Awards are gearing up to celebrate excellence

by Shane Dillon
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Glancing from the big to the small screen, this year’s Emmy award nominations have just been announced, celebrating the very best of television – including Game of Thrones’ terrible final season, too.

Ah, just kidding – the Emmys crowd clearly regard GoT as anything but terrible, at least on a technical level, with the now finished show landing a whopping 32 awards across the board.

That’s enough to have finally taken the most-nominations-for-a-drama-series title from beloved NYPD Blue, which has held that claim since 1994.

GoT’s astounding haul of nominations is one of the last hurrahs for the show, because while the final series was by and large a disaster – in terms of betraying fans with a bungled plot and some truly terrible writing – it paradoxically had some incredible-looking episodes and peerless design.

As such, even the worst series of the hit show has scooped a lot of nominations, from Kit Harrington for Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series (with his counterpart, Emilia Clarke, getting the Best Actress nod) to a huge range of technical nominations.

However, while GoT made headlines for its nominations, it was far from the only show in town, as several rivals in this, ‘the golden age of television’, also got well-deserved recognition.

For example, it was no surprise to see the creeping dread of critical darling Chernobyl pick up several nominations, with the short but merciless series gripping critics and unnerving audiences with its singular recreation of the Soviet disaster.

The depth and detail in that show underscored that intellectually ‘heavy’ shows can still be a critical (and commercial) hit, providing some chilling food for thought.

Still, it wasn’t all warring nations and collapsing empires and doom and gloom and death, oh my – the Emmys gave plenty of nods to lighter content, too, singling out plenty of comedies and easier entertainment to chillax with.

From The Good Place to Fleabag, the silly and the sublime also got some well-deserved nods for making audiences laugh and chatter about their quirky content.

It’ll be interesting to see how the nominations land at the glittering ceremony in LA on September 22. For now, the complete list of the 2019 Emmy nominations is well worth checking out over at

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