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Sam Neill gets Emmy nod

Sam Neill is among the Emmy nominees for the Outstanding Narrator award, for his work on Nat Geo WILD’s Wild New Zealand (pictured, top). The field contains another episode in the Nat Geo WILD series, and also Neill’s former co-star from A Cry in the Dark, Meryl Streep, who’s nominated for Hollywood at war doco series Five Came Back.

NZ-related nominees are thin on the ground across other categories. Ex-pat Phil Keoghan’s Amazing Race takes three nods, although Keoghan himself doesn’t pick up an individual nod this year.

Now the Emmys has completely given up resisting programming made for online platforms, America’s free-to-air networks are all but relegated to the most populist categories, epecially reality and sports specials.

Television Academy Chair and CEO Hayma Washington said at the announcement od this year’s nominees, “It’s been a record-breaking year [with] a 15 percent increase in submissions.”


Following the decision to push back the 2017 season of Game of Thrones, the show (which begins airing this week) missed the screening criteria and didn’t get a look in at the Emmys this time around. The most-nominated shows were Saturday Night Live and Westworld (22 each), with Stranger Things, FEUD: Bette and Joan (18 each) and Veep (17) following on.

Even sans GoT, HBO’s 110 nods were the most for a broadcaster/platform, with Netflix placing second with 91.



There’s always talk about what hasn’t made the cut whenever any nominations list is published and – at least in the Emmy’s directing categories this year – what’s definitely missing is women. Across the seven directing categories, which rack up around 50 nominees between them, less than 20% – or 10 if you like real numbers – are women. The proportion is even more unbalanced in the drama categories.

The Emmy Awards ceremony runs Monday 18 September (NZ time).

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