HBO is known for providing audiences with quality entertainment, so it’s no surprise that the network always does quite well at the Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Last year, HBO won more Emmy Awards than any other network, bringing home 30 trophies for outstanding contributions to the television industry. It looks like more awards are in HBO’s future. This year marks the nineteenth time that HBO received more nominations than any other television network for shows like Lovecraft Country and Mare of Easttown. HBO Max, HBO’s new(ish) streaming service, helped HBO amass nominations with offerings exclusive to the site like The Flight Attendant and Raised By Wolves. Together, HBO and HBO Max garnered 130 Emmy nominations– not too shabby!
Lovecraft Country has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Majors), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael K. Williams), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Aunjanue Ellis), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Courtney B. Vance), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Misha Green). Lovecraft Country uses supernatural motifs to grapple with the horrors of racism. HBO recently declined to go forward with a second season. You can watch a free episode of Lovecraft Country here.
Mare of Easttown earned 16 nominations including Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie (Kate Winslet). In this crime drama, Kate Winslet plays a troubled detective. HBO is currently streaming the series premiere for free here.
I May Destroy You, a series that follows a young woman as she grapples with the ramifications of sexual assault, has been nominated for 9 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Michaela Coel). Watch the season premiere for free here.
Several more drama series have been nominated for Emmy awards. Euphoria is up for 3 awards and Perry Mason has been nominated for 4 awards including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Matthew Rhys) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (John Lithgow). The Undoing has been nominated for two awards including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Hugh Grant). HBO’s The Nevers and In Treatment have also each been nominated for an award.
Moving on from dramas, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has been honored with 7 nominations including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series and Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series (Christopher Werner). And, A Black Lady Sketch Show has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, 2 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Yvette Nicole Brown, Issa Rae), and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
Documentaries like Allen V. Farrow, Q: Into the Storm, The Bees Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, and Tina have also been nominated for awards.
Other works nominated for Emmy Awards include David Byrne’s American Utopia, Oslo, Between the World and Me, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Welcome to Chechnya.
But that’s not all! For the first time, the content available exclusively to HBO Max subscribers is also responsible for HBO’s numerous Emmy nominations.
Leading the charge with 15 nominations is Hacks, a comedy series that “explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Hannah Einbinder).” You can watch the first episode of Hacks for free here.
The show’s nominations include Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Jean Smart), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Hannah Einbinder), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Carl Clemons-Hopkins), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Jane Adams), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Lucia Aniello).
The comedy-drama series, The Flight Attendant is up for 9 awards which include Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Kaley Cuoco), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Rosie Perez), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Steve Yockey), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Susanna Fogel).
Other HBO Max offerings nominated for Emmy Awards include Friends: The Reunion, Legendary, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, Doom Patrol, Made for Love, Raised by Wolves, and Warrior.
You can tune in to the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
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