The 71st Primetime Emmy nominations were announced a few weeks ago and there were some very interesting revelations to come from the list. The show will air next month on M-Net, DStv channel 101 – but for now, take a look at six of the most surprising facts to come from this year’s list of Emmy nominations…
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Record Breaking Nominations for GOT
Despite fans’ disappointment with the final season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, the show completely dominated the Emmy announcement. GOT raked in a staggering 32 nominations, a record for the most nominations earned in a year by a drama series. The drama series also happens to be the first time four actresses from the same show have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress, with Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams all making the cut. It seems the hit show is in for a very successful evening when the awards roll around on September 22nd.
The Comedy Nomination No One Saw Coming
Have you seen it? Netflix drama Schitts Creek is actually pretty brilliant. The Canadian comedy series follows the story of a family who loses their good fortune and is then forced to rebuild their lives in a small, unglamorous town. The show – now in its fifth season – has flown under the radar since 2015 until in January 2017, when international streaming giant Netflix made the series available on their platform. The show’s latest season received four nominations in the 2019 Emmy awards, including nominations for outstanding comedy series and costume design.
And None for Sheldon Cooper…
The 12th and final season for everyone in the gang, and we all thought Jim Parsons would snag an Emmy for his efforts. Alas… The famous CBS Sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, has received 46 Emmy awards in total, with the only show’s director, Mark Cendrowski, up for nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series in 2019. Sadly, the show’s (arguably) most lovable character didn’t receive any nominations for his most recent – and last – performance on the sitcom, but we feel like Sheldon deserved a spot! The Big Bang Theory wrapped its final season in May this year – but not to worry – all twelve seasons are available to stream on Netflix, so there’s still a lot to revisit if you’re a fan.
Guests vs Hosts on SNL
Saturday Night Live received a whopping 18 Emmy nominations for cast members including Kate McKinnon, as well as six guest performers including Matt Damon, John Mulaney, Sandra Oh, Adam Sandler, Robert De Niro and Emma Thompson. The late-night series seems to have trumped the nominations from both ends this year with hosts and guests featuring strongly on the nominations list.
Netflix was nominated in all of the major categories in this year’s Emmy awards. The streaming giant, along with HBO, were the only two platforms to score more than 100 nominations. Netflix’s most-nominated series this year are When They See Us (clocking 16 nominations), followed by comedy show Russian Doll, documentary series Our Planet, drama Ozark, Beyoncé’s Homecoming and GLOW. If you aren’t already signed up to stream, you should be now.
Shows That Featured, But Actors That didn’t
We were all a bit surprised when we realised that there were several shows that were nominated in categories in their own right, but the key cast who help bring those shows to life were left off the Emmy list. Usually, the two go hand in hand. Hit shows like British series Bodyguard, The Kominsky Method, Succession, and The Good Place were all nominated as outstanding shows, but not one actor – like Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and The Good Place’s Kirsten Bell were nominated for their performances. We hope the actors aren’t too bitter about it.
And that’s a wrap. But be sure to tune into the Emmy Awards ceremony next month and look out for local airing times on our SA TV channels.
By Features Editor, Stephanie van der Plank