Landmark series such as HBO
’s “Game of Thrones
” and “Veep
” came to an end earlier this year, marking the last time the respective drama and comedy awards magnets would be eligible at the Emmys. While it seemed inevitable that those would score a number of noms on the 71st annual ballot, there were a lot of other spaces left up for grabs as previous heavy-hitters such as HBO’s “Westworld
’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Netflix
’s “Stranger Things
” sat out this year’s race.
With a record number of series and performers competing, as scripted programs alone ballooned to more than 500 shows this year, the Television Academy
’s voting members had a tall order in selecting what they thought was the cream of the crop. See the full list of nominations.
Here, Variety breaks down the snubs and surprises of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.