Thursday, July 21, 2016

"GAME OF THRONES" And Same Old, Same Old For The 2016 EMMYS

It’s that time of the year again for the best in television to stand up, be recognized, and received that familiar golden winged statuette holding a celestial sphere. Yes the Emmy Awards are coming again, and even better, this is the 70 th anniversary of the Television Academy, which is going to be doing this thing for the 68 th time now. So we can all probably expect something special, beyond them presenting lists of award nominees filled with mostly the exact same names as the year before, of course.

The LA Times reports that this year’s big lineup of nominees was announced by Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) on July 14 Thursday morning, beginning with 12 major categories. The primary awarding ceremony itself will be at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday September 18, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel returning for a second go after the 65 th Emmys last 2012, and airing live on ABC. Another ceremony – the Creative Emmys that honors tech achievements of TV programs – will happen earlier, on Saturday September 10 in Los Angeles.

With nearly a thousand individual nominations spread across almost a hundred categories, it’s certainly shaping up to be huge – and familiar. There’s really no way around “Game of Thrones” and HBO in general dominating the names put forth in terms of drama; the same goes for “Veep” in comedy. The big new thing however can be found in categories for limited series and movies, with “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” showcasing that it is more than a brief pop culture phenomenon, with two nominees for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series (Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney Vance)Sarah Paulson for Best Lead Actress and the show itself running for Best Limited Series. All in all, the FX channel’s offering made an impressive 22 Emmy nominations, also becoming the first show since “ER” in 1995 to go over 20 such nominations in its first season alone.

“Game of Thrones” manages to literally get one over “People vs. OJ” anyway, with 23 nominations for its sixth season. The other names are pretty much holdovers from the 2015 list: “House of Cards”, “Fargo” and “Transparent” to name a few. Still, new blood does spring up here and there; “Mr. Robot” is up for Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Actor for Rami Malek, “The Americans” sneaked by with a Drama Series nomination as well.

We’ll leave off this brief Emmy 2016 coverage with a brief listing of statistical figures courtesy of People Magazine. By the coming awards night “Game of Thrones” now has a total of 106 nominations for its whole run, and this year sees HBO having 94 nominations for its shows. Now that’s domination.

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