LOS ANGELES: With a staggering 19 nominations, royal feud saga “Game of Thrones” will cast a long shadow over Monday´s Emmy awards, akin to the Oscars of US television.
Based on George R.R. Martin´s best-selling novels about power struggles between dueling clans in seven mythical kingdoms, it won most nominations overall — including for best drama series.
“Thrones” — already renewed for a fifth and sixth season — is among Home Box Office´s nominated shows. Overall, HBO heads into the ceremony with a winning 99 nods, compared to 31 for online streaming giant Netflix.
The 66th Emmys — to be presented at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles — kick off at 5:00 pm (0000 GMT Tuesday).Joining host Seth Meyers on stage will be a slew of celebrities, including fellow comedians Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.
“Fargo,” an offshoot of the quirky 1996 Coen brothers´ movie, heads into the ceremony with nominations in an impressive 18 categories, with Billy Bob Thornton a contestant for lead actor in a miniseries.
And cult crime series “Breaking Bad” — which won best drama last year — is again among top contenders for the coveted title, although dismayed fans saw it end almost a year ago after five seasons.