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A slew of newcomers prove stiff competition in major categories, but recognizable names will likely still prevail at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Here, Variety analyzes the nominees in 14 of this year’s toughest races.
Year - Heavy - Hitters - Emmy - Eligibility
After a year in which some heavy hitters opted to premiere just outside the Emmy eligibility season, this race seemed the most wide open going into nomination morning. Of course last year’s winner in the category, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” made it back onto the ballot (and dominated with 32 noms overall in its final season), as did NBC’s “This Is Us,” which scored nine nods overall. AMC’s “Better Call Saul” saw a return to the ballot after sitting out last year’s race (and earned nine noms), while the second seasons of BBC America’s “Killing Eve” and Netflix’s “Ozark” made the grade for the first time (each scoring nine noms, as well). They are joined by true freshmen Netflix’s “Bodyguard” (two noms), FX’s “Pose” (six noms) and HBO’s “Succession” (five noms). Despite mixed reviews from a critical audience, it’s going to be nearly impossible to take the trophy from “Game of Thrones,” as voters may find it impossible to resist sending the pop-culture phenom off with gold one last time.
Last year the Television Academy awarded this trophy to the actor who was nominated for the final season of his series (Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”). Each of the two years prior, voters gave it to a newcomer (Rami Malek in 2016, Sterling K. Brown in 2017). This year they have a way to almost do both at once: Kit Harington sees his first nod in this category for the final season of “Game of Thrones.” But Harington doesn’t have the award locked up just yet. Brown is back on the ballot for the third consecutive time, as...
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