Friday 30 September 2016

Game of Thrones crowned king of Emmy nominations

Published 14/07/2016 | 17:01

A crown from the hit show Game of Thrones
A crown from the hit show Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has earned the most nominations for this year's Emmys, as a host of British talent will compete for awards on US television's biggest night.

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The Sky Atlantic fantasy received 23 nominations - edging out The People v O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story which earned 22 nods - and will go head-to-head with Downton Abbey for outstanding drama series.

Britons Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston will compete for best lead actor in a limited series or movie, while James Corden's Late, Late Show is nominated for outstanding talk series.

Hiddleston is nominated for his role in the popular BBC series The Night Manager, while his co-stars Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman earned nods in the supporting role categories.

The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which aired on BBC Two in the UK, dominated nominations in the acting categories.

Cuba Gooding Jr, who played OJ Simpson, and Courtney B Vance, who portrayed Simpson's lawyer Johnnie Cochran, are both up for best lead actor in a limited series. Sarah Paulson is nominated for best lead actress in a limited series for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

David Schwimmer, who played Simpson's lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian, John Travolta, who portrayed defence lawyer Robert Shapiro, and Sterling K Brown, who played prosecutor Christopher Darden, are also nominated for best supporting actor in a limited series.

A host of stars from Game Of Thrones are also up for acting awards.

Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage are nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series, while Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke are nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Meanwhile, Dame Maggie Smith is up for best supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Downton Abbey.

Corden's Late Late Show will take on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Jerry Seinfield's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for outstanding talk series.

The British funnyman will also compete against Adele and Beyonce for the Emmy for outstanding variety special. His Late, Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time special is nominated for the prize along with Adele Live In New York City and Beyonce's visual album Lemonade.

Hiddleston will compete for the best lead actor in a limited series award against Elba, who is nominated for Luther, and Cumberbatch, who has been recognised for Sherlock. Bryan Cranston is also nominated for his role as former US president Lyndon B Johnson in Sky Atlantic's film All The Way.

Elba, who is currently starring in the Hollywood blockbuster Star Trek Beyond, said he planned to celebrate his Emmy nomination with a trip to the pub.

Speaking as he completed a Star Trek mural in Clerkenwell in London, he said: "I wasn't expecting that. My publicist told me, you've just been nominated, so I just found out.

"It's good for British actors at the minute. It's a good feeling."

Asked how he planned to celebrate, Elba replied: "Probably go to a pub."

Game Of Thrones and Downton Abbey are nominated for the outstanding drama series award along with Better Call Saul, Homeland, House Of Cards, Mr Robot and The Americans.

The Night Manager is up for best limited television series against Fargo, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Roots and American Crime.

Kevin Spacey is nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role as Frank Underwood in House Of Cards, while Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) are among the nominations for best actress in a drama series.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) and Luther are nominated for outstanding television movie.

Veep, the US version of The Thick Of It, earned 17 nominations including best comedy series, best lead actress in a comedy series for its star Julia-Louis Dreyfuss and outstanding direction in a comedy series for British comedian Chris Addison.

US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will present the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 18.

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