Of the Emmy front-runners Game of Thrones has 24 nominations and its broadcaster HBO 126. American Horror Story: Freak Show (20) and Olive Kitteridge (13) were the next monst-nominated shows.
Phil Keoghan’s The Amazing Race took three nominations, for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programme, Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming and Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming.
Masters Of Sex, which kept Rose McIver gainfully employed before iZombie, also took three nominations although none were for McIver.
Other nominations with a Kiwi connection included Over The Garden Wall, nominated for the Outstanding Animated Programme award, on which Melanie Lynskey voiced lead Beatrice (opposite former hobbit Elijah Wood).
Tatiana Maslany was nominated for her performances as Alison, Cosima, Helena, Krystal, Rachel and Sarah in clone drama Orphan Black. The show was mostly shot by Aaron Morton, currently back here for Toa Fraser’s 6 Days having recently shot a couple of episodes for MTV’s Auckland-based Shannara.
The 2014 Cannes-premiered (and universally derided) Grace Of Monaco finds itself among the contenders for Outstanding Television Movie. It seems unlikely to repeat the success of previously 2013 Cannes-premiered TV movie Behind the Candelabra which denied Top of the Lake at plenty of awards bashes last year.
In the more serious categories, Laura Poitras’ Oscarwinner Citizenfour is the favourite for the Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking gong, although the category also includes Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus’ recent Doc Edge title Hot Girls Wanted.
The Emmys are presented across two ceremonies, the Creative Arts Emmys on 13 September and the remainder on 21 September (NZ dates). The complete nomations list is here.