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For a show that technically wasn’t eligible at the Emmy Awards in 2019, “The Handmaid’s Tale” did quite well this year. The Hulu drama picked up 11 nominations, including major ones like outstanding directing, writing, guest actress and guest actor, thanks to a quirk in the TV Academy’s Emmy rules.
As previously noted, most of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 ran during 2018 Emmy eligibility. (The show’s current Season 3, which premiered on June 5, won’t be eligible until 2020). But because three episodes of Season 2 aired outside of last year’s eligibility period, individual achievement awards from those three extra episodes were still eligible this year. And Hulu definitely benefited from that — otherwise, the streamer would have only had nine nominations this year.
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Meanwhile, 2019 will go down in Emmy history as a year when several records were broken. “Game of Thrones” posted a new comedy or drama series nomination record with 32, while Lorne Michaels extended his status as the most-nominated individual in history at 88 (adding two more this year). Michaels’ “Saturday Night Live” added 18 more nominations to its grand total tally of 270 lifetime nominations, with “Game of Thrones” in second place at 161.
In the nonfiction/reality program realm, Netflix’s “Our Planet” joins the confederacy of “Dancing With the Stars” (2009), “American Idol” (2011), “The Voice” (2014 and 2018), “Planet Earth II” (2017) and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2018), all of which are in a six-way tie for most nominations in a single year (ten).
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Come Emmy night, “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a good shot at a ninth Emmy, passing Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys won by a performer — male or female. And “Thrones” will be looking to top itself with the most Emmys won by a series in a single season, which it did in...
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