‘Game of Thrones’ breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations Jul 17, 2019 0 539 12345 AFPLos AngelesThe 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 on 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 recognised 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 disappointment for the final season of CBS ratings 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 most-nominated network from web streaming giant Netflix, which last year had ended HBO’s 17-year winning streak.Final-round voting will now begin to pick winners who will be revealed at a glitzy Los Angeles show on September 22.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 livestreamed 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. RELATED ARTICLES ‘Misogynist’ Duterte slammed over anti-harassment law Jul 17, 2019 0 1163 US House moves to condemn Trump as he again attacks minority congresswomen Jul 17, 2019 0 1186 US commemorates ‘Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon’ 50 years on Jul 17, 2019 0 598 Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen elected to EU top job AFP Strasbourg, France German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday after winning over sceptical lawmakers. The 60-year-old conservative was .. $800,000 spent in one day on Malaysia ex-PM’s cards Kuala LUMPUR: Credit cards belonging to Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak were used to spend over $800,000 in one day at a luxury jeweller in Italy, a court has heard. The 2014 spending spree is the latest .. Pakistan reopens airspace to civil aviation after India standoff REUTERS ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI Pakistan reopened its airspace to international civil aviation on Tuesday after months of restrictions imposed because of clashes with India, which forced long detours that cost airlines .. Pakistan hopes to ‘refresh’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit Islamabad: Pakistan expressed hopes on Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in .. Ten dead, 8 injured in Mumbai building collapse MUMBAI: The death toll from the collapse of a decades-old four-storey building in India’s financial capital Mumbai rose to 10 late on Tuesday, with at least eight injured, officials said, as rescue operations continued .. US House moves to condemn Trump as he again attacks Democratic congresswomen Washington, July 16, 2019 (AFP) -US President Donald Trump denied accusations of racism on Tuesday after launching an attack on four minority Democratic lawmakers, saying he does not have "a racist bone in my body." ..