’Game of Thrones’ breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations

In the file photo, the cast of "Game of Thrones" celebrates the award Outstanding Drama series onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sept. 17, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2019

’Game of Thrones’ breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations

  • HBO’s fantasy epic earns 32 Emmy nominations
  • The show now has 161 nominations overall

LOS ANGELES: The final season of “Game of Thrones” smashed the record for most Primetime Emmy nominations by a drama series in a single year, earning a whopping 32 nods Tuesday.
HBO’s fantasy epic enraged fans with its bumpy conclusion but still trounced the competition at the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic — was a distant second on 20 nominations.
“Thrones” was already the most decorated fictional show in the awards’ seven-decade history, and now has 161 nominations overall, according to the Television Academy website.
The show about families vying for the Iron Throne broke a 25-year nominations record for a drama series in a single year previously held by “NYPD Blue,” which earned 27 nods in 1994.
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington were recognized in the lead acting categories, while eight other “Thrones” cast members swept the board in the supporting and guest acting categories.
HBO’s acclaimed drama “Chernobyl” placed third this year with 19, ahead of perennial Emmys powerhouse “Saturday Night Live” on 18.
HBO’s dark hitman comedy “Barry” was joint fifth overall on 17 nods, tied with FX mini-series “Fosse/Verdon.”
But there was a disappointment for the final season of CBS rating smash “Big Bang Theory,” which failed to land recognition in either the comedy series or comedy actor categories.
And A-lister Julia Roberts was shunned by voters, who failed to select her performance in Amazon’s “Homecoming.”
This year’s nominations also saw HBO reclaim its title for the most-nominated network from web streaming giant Netflix, which last year had ended HBO’s 17-year winning streak.
HBO claimed 137 nods to Netflix’s 117 — a record for each, meaning the pair tighten their joint stranglehold on the prestigious awards.
Amazon Prime enjoyed a stellar year, more than doubling its haul to reach 47 nods, just behind NBC with 58.
As well as “Maisel,” dark British comedy “Fleabag” performed well for Amazon, with five of its actresses receiving nominations including lead Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Waller-Bridge, who is currently rewriting the upcoming 25th James Bond film, also received a writing nomination for “Fleabag.”
The Television Academy’s 24,000 members sifted through a record number of entries for this year’s Emmys.
The nominations were announced in a live-streamed presentation from Los Angeles hosted by “The Good Place” actress D’Arcy Carden and “The Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong.
Final-round voting will now begin to pick winners who will be revealed at a glitzy Los Angeles show on September 22.


South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

This undated photo released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019 shows Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x). (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2019

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

  • She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said.
The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn’t answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department.
Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note.
“The investigation is ongoing and we won’t make presumptions about the cause of death,” said Kim, adding that security camera footage at Sulli’s home showed no signs of an intrusion.
In a statement sent to reporters, SM Entertainment, Sulli’s agency, said her death was “very hard to believe and sorrowful.”
Sulli’s legal name is Choi Jin-ri. She began her singing career in 2009 as a member of the girl band “f(x)” and also acted in numerous television dramas and movies.
She was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare among female entertainers in deeply conservative South Korea. She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.