LOS ANGELES (AFP) – HBO’s sci-fi western “Westworld” and NBC’s comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” led the field for television’s prestigious Primetime Emmy awards Thursday, with 22 nominations.
“Stranger Things,” Netflix’s award-winning sci-fi-horror drama set in the 1980s, and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” about the famous rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, scored the next highest tallies with 18 nods.
HBO’s political comedy “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as hapless former president Selina Meyer — scored 17 nominations for television’s equivalent of the Oscars, to be handed out on September 17 in Los Angeles.
“Veep” actress Anna Chlumsky — who earned a fifth consecutive nomination for supporting actress in a comedy series — and “Criminal Minds” star Shemar Moore presented the nominations from the Television Academy in Los Angeles.
Leading the nominations in totals by platform were premium cable network HBO (110), streaming powerhouse Netflix (91) and traditional network NBC (60).
“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington.
“The Emmy Awards competition experienced a 15 percent increase in submissions for this year’s initial nomination round of online voting. The creativity and excellence in presenting great storytelling and characters across a multitude of ever-expanding entertainment platforms is staggering.”
Industry watchers had predicted a wide open race, with awards juggernaut “Game of Thrones” out of the running — and that prediction was borne out.