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'Game of Thrones' hits record with 32 Emmy nominations

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The divisive 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 Tuesday, writes AFP.

HBO's fantasy epic enraged fans with its bumpy conclusion but still trounced the competition to strengthen its iron grip on 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 with 20 nominations.

"Thrones" is the most decorated fictional show in the awards' seven-decade history, and now has 161 nominations overall -- including 47 wins.

"For those who will be adding 2019 to their long list of nominations and or wins from other years -- it never gets old!" said Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

The show about families vying for the Iron Throne broke a 25-year drama series nominations record held by "NYPD Blue," which earned 27 nods in 1994.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington were recognized in the lead acting categories, while eight other "Thrones" cast members swept the board in the supporting and guest acting categories. The shortened eighth and last season also won a slew of technical awards.

"Thrones" capitalized on a threadbare year for drama, with several big hitters such as "The Handmaid's Tale" missing from the main categories. The next highest-placed drama -- AMC's "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" -- managed just eight nominations.

HBO's acclaimed limited series "Chernobyl" placed third overall this year with 19 nominations, ahead of perennial Emmys powerhouse "Saturday Night Live" with 18.

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