Crowning glory for Netflix with Emmy nomination success

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

She added a postscript: "I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied". Game of Thrones, however, wasn't eligible a year ago so this will mark the first time the two series' go head to head for the award.

Netflix is in a spending war with traditional television companies, pledging to invest up to $13 billion in original content next year, compared with $2.5 billion by HBO and $4 billion by the traditional giant CBS.

HBO is no piker: It claimed 108 bids. NBC shows earned 78 nods. "Saturday Night Live's" "Weekend Update" stars Michael Che and Colin Jost will host. Game of Thrones is second with 129 and this year surpassed ER as the top drama nominee. This is the first Emmy nomination for Cruz, Criss and Martin.

John Legend is in a position to join the elite EGOT club.

Alison Brie was also a notable oversight for her standout work in "GLOW", the Netflix period female-wrestling comedy, as was "Modern Family", although after its glittering streak of Emmy nominations, it's hard to fault anyone for concluding the ABC sitcom's best days are behind it, especially with so many worthy newcomers to accommodate. It got one nomination in 2015, three in 2016, four in 2017 and five in 2018, including best comedy series, best actor in a comedy series for Anthony Anderson and best actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross.

It threatens to end the domination of HBO, which makes Game of Thrones and Westworld and has won the most awards for the past 16 years.

The Emmys recognize programs shown in the year to May 31, meaning some of the usual heavy hitters - from "Better Call Saul" to "House of Cards" and "Veep" - are absent this time around. The fantasy drama, meanwhile, leads the Emmys with 22 nominations to The Handmaid's Tale's 20 - which includes an Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series nom for Canadian Kari Skogland.

A slew of first time Emmy contenders included Sandra Oh as the first Asian-American lead comedy actress nominee for her role in quirky spy series "Killing Eve", and Rachel Brosnahan's 1950s housewife turned comedian in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".