The HBO series picked up nine statuettes at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, which reward artistic and technical achievement, giving it a total haul over the years of 35 — more than any other drama series.
But Sunday’s glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles — television’s equivalent of the Oscars, when the Emmys in top categories are handed out — could see it pass the 37 won by long-running sitcom “Frasier.”
That would make it the most-awarded narrative series since the first Television Academy prize-giving in 1949.
HBO’s saga about noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne is up for awards in five major categories on Sunday, including its sixth consecutive nod for outstanding drama.
Three of its stars — Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams — dominate the supporting actress category, while Peter Dinklage could win a third supporting actor trophy, but faces competition from co-star Kit Harington.
The show also has nominees in the writing and directing categories.
“I think ‘Game of Thrones’ will be a big winner on Emmy night,” Debra Birnbaum, executive editor for TV at entertainment industry magazine Variety, told AFP.
“With all the nominations it has in those five categories, it’s going to take home at least three trophies, and break the record.”
The all-time Emmy league table — which includes non-fiction — is topped by NBC comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live,” with 48 awards.
“Game of Thrones,” which raked in a record-breaking 12 statuettes last year, may have its date with history to enjoy, but it won’t necessarily be the big winner of the night.