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2018 Emmy nominations revealed: Game of Thrones, The Americans, The Handmaid’s Tale lead the way

Celebrating the best in television, this year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 17th

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Collage by Allison Shoemaker (FX/HBO/NBC)
Collage by Allison Shoemaker (FX/HBO/NBC)

    Celebrating the best in television, the 2018 Emmy Awards take place on Sunday, September 17th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS. Saturday Night Live cast members and Weekend Update co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost will host this year’s event.

    The seventh season of Game of Thrones leads this year’s field with 22 total nominations, followed close behind by Westworld and Saturday Night Live, which both scored 21 nominations. Also cleaning up: The Handmaid’s Tale (20 nominations), The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (18), and Atlanta (16). Donald Glover himself accounted for four of Atlanta’s nominations, including nods for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Writer.

    BarryGLOW, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are among the notable first-time nominees, while previous Emmy frontrunners like The CrownStranger Things, and This Is Us continued to show up strong. Some of the more notable snubs include Modern Family, which was completely shut out of all major categories for the first time since the show began in 2009, as was two-time Best Series nominee Orange is the New Black. The quick and intensely public decline of Roseanne also virtually destroyed the show’s Emmy dreams, as its lone nomination arrived for Laurie Metcalf. Further, in a rather stark acknowledgment of the controversies surrounding Jeffrey Tambor, past Emmy regulars Arrested Development and Transparent were both excluded from this year’s list.

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    This year’s nominations are also rife with major firsts across the board. For one, Sandra Oh’s nomination for her leading turn in Killing Eve makes her the first Asian Canadian woman to be honored in that category in the show’s 70-year history. Kenan Thompson finally received his first performance nomination for SNL after 15 years on the show’s cast. And with its eighth nomination for Best Comedy Series, Curb Your Enthusiasm now ties Modern Family for the most nominations in the top category among still-active shows; every season of Larry David’s beloved HBO series has now been nominated for the top Emmy except for the very first.

    (Read More: The Top 10 Shows of 2018, So Far)

    Other notable first-time nominees include Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Waterford on The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta cast members Zazie Beetz and Brian Tyree Henry, and Letitia Wright, for her work in Black Mirror’s “Black Museum” episode.

    Overall, Netflix led the way with a total of 112 nominations, marking the first time in 18 years that a network other than HBO accrued the most total nominations.

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    It’s also worth noting that Twin Peaks: The Return accumulated nine nominations, but aside from a directing nod for David Lynch, the show was shut out in all major categories.

    See the notable nominees below; you can find the complete list on the Emmys’ website.

    Best Drama Series
    The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    The Americans (FX)
    The Crown (Netflix)
    This Is Us (NBC)
    Westworld (HBO)
    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    Best Actor in a Drama Series
    Jason Bateman (Ozark)
    Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
    Ed Harris (Westworld)
    Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
    Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
    Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

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    Best Actress in a Drama Series
    Claire Foy (The Crown)
    Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
    Keri Russell (The Americans)
    Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
    Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
    Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
    Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    David Harbour (Stranger Things)
    Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
    Matt Smith (The Crown)

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
    Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
    Thandie Newton (Westworld)

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    Best Comedy Series
    Atlanta (FX)
    Barry (HBO)
    Black-ish (ABC)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
    GLOW (Netflix)
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
    Silicon Valley (HBO)
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

    Best Actor in a Comedy Series
    Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
    Ted Danson (The Good Place)
    Donald Glover (Atlanta)
    Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
    Bill Hader (Barry)
    William H. Macy (Shameless)

    Best Actress in a Comedy Series
    Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
    Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
    Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
    Allison Janney (Mom)
    Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
    Issa Rae (Insecure)

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    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
    Louie Anderson (Baskets)
    Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
    Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
    Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
    Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
    Henry Winkler (Barry)

    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
    Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
    Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
    Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
    Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
    Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
    Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
    Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

    Best Limited Series
    The Alienist (TNT)
    The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
    Godless (Netflix)
    Patrick Melrose (Showtime)

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    Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
    Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
    Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
    Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
    Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
    John Legend (Jesus Chris Superstar)
    Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)

    Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
    Laura Dern (The Tale)
    Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
    Michelle Dockery (Godless)
    Edie Falco (Law and Order SVU: The Menendez Murders)
    Regina King (Seven Seconds)
    Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult )

    Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a TV Movie
    Jeff Daniels (Godless)
    Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
    John Leguizamo (Waco)
    Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
    Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
    Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower)
    Finn Wittrock (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

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    Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
    Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar)
    Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
    Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
    Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult)
    Merritt Weaver (Godless)
    Letitia Wright (Black Mirror: Black Museum)

    Best Variety Talk Series
    The Daly Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
    Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
    The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

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