“Game of Thrones’ may be gone but it still reigns.
The epic HBO series, which ended it’s run in May, ruled the Emmy nominations announced earlier this week getting a record 32 nods – the most of any show in a single season. It unseated “NYPD Blue,’ which had 26 in 1994.
Many of SBR’s top-rated sportbooks are offering odds on who will take home the golden statuette.
Of course, the irony in the “GOT’ motherlode of Television Academy love is the fact that there were many critics and fans who weren’t that thrilled with the last six episodes of the ratings’ juggernaut. More than 1.5 million people actually signed a petition seeking a do-over of the season.
Among the criticisms: abandonment of character development or character flip-flops, the almighty Night King was as vulnerable as the Death Star, and apparently so were the dragons, and the fact that the big battle scene was too dark to even see.
We’ll let you argue amongst yourselves if the ending was satisfying or a complete abomination, obviously the TV Academy thought it was worthy.
And the series actually got three more nominations than HBO was expecting because three actors not touted to the Academy for consideration by the network decided to put themselves into the running — Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre).
Each of them, who paid the $225 entry fee, and were honored with nominations – Allen in Best Supporting Actor, Christie in Best Supporting Actress and van Houten in Best Guest Actress. So there, HBO.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke received their first nominations for their work as tragic couple Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.
Frankly it has the potential to be a huge night for HBO with 137 overall nominations, besting Netflix this year which received 117. The next highest network is NBC with 58.
In its final season, “Veep’ and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will provide stiff competition for last year’s big winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ from Amazon, which got 20 nominations.
In the Limited Series category there is potential for a win from HBO’s “Chernobyl,’ which got 19 nominations. It faces “Escape at Dannemora,’ “Fosse/Verdon,’ “Sharp Objects,’ and “When They See Us,’ the likely winner.
The overall nominations list provided some other surprises and some jaw-dropping snubs.
Most notable in the “hooray’ category: “Fleabag’ gets 11 nominations, “When They See Us’ got 16 nods with Jharrel Jerome getting a Lead Actor nom, Mandy Moore for Lead Actress for “This is Us,’ “Schitt’s Creek,’ Natasha Lyonne for “Russian Doll,’ and Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve’).
In the “super snubs’: Julia Roberts (“Homecoming’), Richard Madden (“Bodyguard’), “The Big Bang Theory,’ George Clooney (“Catch-22′), Ian McShane (“Deadwood: The Movie’), the women actors of “Pose,’ and Emma Stone (“Maniac’).
To see a complete list of nominations go here.
BetOnline is offering odds on who will take home the awards in key categories:
Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Bill Hader (Barry) -800
- Don Cheadle (Black Monday) +1400
- Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) +1400
- Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek) +3300
- Ted Danson (The Good Place) +800
- Michael Douglas (Kominsky Method) +400
Our Pick: Hader
Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) +2000
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) +800
- Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) +1000
- Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) +4000
- Rachel Brosnahan (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) +500
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) -1000
Our Pick: Louis-Dreyfus, all the way.
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Barry +600
- Fleabag +1000
- Russian Doll +2000
- Schitt’s Creek +3300
- The Good Place 2000
- Marvelous Mrs. Maisel +400
- Veep -500
Our Pick: “Veep’ is too wicked not to win
Outstanding Drama Series
- Better Call Saul +800
- Bodyguard +3300
- Game of Thrones -600
- Killing Eve +450
- Ozark +2000
- Pose +2000
- Succession +2500
- This Is Us +1000
Our Pick: Our fave show from this list is HBO’s “other’ show, “Succession.’ Maybe it will have a chance next year because despite the critics, “GOT’ will win.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) +125
- Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) +800
- Jason Bateman (Ozark) +125
- Billy Porter (Pose) +600
- Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) +1600
- Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) +400
Our Pick: Too close to call, but if we must, Jason Bateman … but damn, we’d be happy if it was Milo.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) +500
- Robin Wright (House of Cards) +3300
- Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) +3300
- Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) +500
- Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) -700
- Laura Linney (Ozark) +800
- Mandy Moore (This Is Us) +3300
Our Pick: It’s “Killing Eve’ all the way .. we’re happy with either Oh or Comer.
The Emmys will air on Sept. 22 on FOX.