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The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, SNL, and Westworld lead the pack.

The 2018 Emmy nominations are upon us. On Thursday, July 12, the nominees for the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and actor Ryan Eggold.

The Emmys focus their recognition exclusively on television, with the major awards divided into separate categories for comedy and drama.

As expected, in the drama categories, the 2018 nominations included several nods for 2017’s big winner, The Handmaid’s Tale. As a freshman series, the grim, dystopian adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel took home several awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Drama series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Elisabeth Moss, who won an Emmy for the first time after seven previous nominations.

The show, which just finished its second season on Hulu, easily made the cut for 2018, nabbing 20 nominations overall. Once again, it’s in the running for Outstanding Drama Series, alongside other popular and critically acclaimed hits like Game of Thrones, This Is Us, and The Americans.

Overall, the most-nominated dramas are Game of Thrones and Westworld, which each have 22 nominations when you include the awards’ technical categories. Game of Thrones is newly returned to the Emmys race; after winning Outstanding Drama in 2016 for its sixth season, the HBO powerhouse drama was not eligible for the 2017 Emmys because season seven didn’t air within the eligibility period. Some of its other nods for 2018 include Lena Headey for Supporting Actress, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage for Supporting Actor, and Diana Rigg for Guest Actress.

The Emmy voters also looked kindly upon the second seasons of Stranger Things and This Is Us, nominating both series for Outstanding Drama. And while acclaimed new series Killing Eve was overlooked in several categories, its star Sandra Oh, who was beloved as Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina Yang, made history by becoming the first Asian woman to be nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

On the comedy side, the nominations field was a crowded one, with eight series vying for the main prize. For the first time in years, the reigning champ Veep is missing, because the show’s final season has been delayed while its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was undergoing treatment for cancer (filming is expected to resume next month). Veep has won Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row, while Dreyfus has swept Lead Actress in a Comedy Series since 2012.

Among new contenders for the Outstanding Comedy Series throne is the Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The acclaimed Amazon series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has been praised for its style and joy and it stars Rachel Brosnahan, who earlier this year won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and the Critics’ Choice award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy. Brosnahan picked up a nod for Best Actress in a Comedy, and the show snagged another three supporting and guest acting nominations.

Maisel is up against the second season of Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which Vox critic at large Todd VanDerWerff has already deemed one of the best shows of this year. The first season of the FX series was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series last year, and while it lost the crown to Veep, Glover — who both created the series and stars in it — won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This year Atlanta earned repeat nominations for both categories, as well as three other nods in acting categories. The 2018 comedy field also includes HBO’s buzzy upstart Barry and the second season of the Netflix wrestling comedy Glow.

The 2018 Emmy Awards show will air live on Monday, September 17, on NBC. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the broadcast.

Here are the nominees in all the awards’ major categories. For the complete list, visit the Emmys’ website.

Outstanding Comedy Series




Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Marvel Mrs. Maisel

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This Is Us


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or 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 Christ Superstar

Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Laura Dern, The Tale

Michelle Dockery, Godless

Edie Falco, Law and Order: True Crime

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Sarah Paulson, America Horror Story: Cult

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

William H. Macy, Shameless

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta

Henry Winkler, Barry

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamala Adlon, Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Ms, Maisel

Allison Janney, Mom

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta

Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne

Betty Gilpin, Glow

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Sterling K Brown, This Is Us

Milo Ventimigla, This Is Us

Ed Harris, Westworld

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Matt Smith, The Crown

Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Keri Russell, The Americans

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Vanessa Kirby, The Crown

Ann Down, The Handmaid’s Tale

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Reality Show Program

Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

Rupaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris

Drunk History

I Love You America with Sarah Silverman


Saturday Night Live

The Tracey Ullman Show

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Late Show with James Croden

The Late Show with Stephen Colber

Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienest

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Genius: PIcasso


Patrick Melrose

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