Emmys Nominations 2018: What We Learned From Reading Everyone Else's Emmys Articles

Kit Harington
Kit Harington in Game of Thrones. (Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO)

The Emmy nominations were announced this morning. Here are the highlights of what we learned/what lit us up after reading all the articles everywhere ever about the noms:

  • Netflix's ascent to power is complete, defeating HBO 112 nominations to 108, ending a 17-year streak of HBO domination. Netflix got so many nominations we weren't entirely sure that wasn't a basketball score. Can HBO come back in the number of actual wins?
  • HBO doesn't have to cry into its beer, or mead, or whatever they drink in Westeros, as Game of Thrones still topped the nominations for individual shows with 22, edging out fellow HBO robotic companions Westworld and Saturday Night Live, which both had 21.
The Crown
Elizabeth delivers her first televised Christmas address in the Netflix series, The Crown. (Alex Bailey/Netflix)
  • Netflix had more breadth than depth, with its most nominated show being The Crown, at a prim and respectable 13. That ties it for eighth in the line of succession place overall.
  • The Good Place wasn't nominated for best comedy, so we must be in the Bad Place. Oh, too much metaphysical realness for you, Emmys? But that's OK, because Ted Danson got a Best Comedy Actor nomination, which he can put on his shelf with his 12 other nominations and his two wins for Cheers. Maya Rudolph was also nominated for Best Comedy Guest Actress thanks to her judge role on that show.
  • Some of the omissions most widely seen as snubs were Modern Family and Orange Is The New Black getting shut out in major categories after years of mega-success. Modern Family had previously been nominated every year since it debuted in 2009, but apparently the Television Academy thinks 2009's modern family isn't necessarily 2018's.
Sandra Oh in Killing Eve
Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri in Killing Eve. (Nick Briggs/AMC Networks)
  • Sandra Oh made history — she's the first Asian actress nominated for lead in a drama series, thanks to BBC America's critically acclaimed Killing Eve. The real Sandra Oh isn't hunting a deadly female assassin, but the Grey's Anatomy alum is in the hunt for her first Emmy after being passed over before.
  • Your tears have awards nomination power, as the new Queer Eye landed a nomination 14 years after the previous iteration of the show won. Emmys, you're giving us major realness, you're giving us feels for days, you're giving us blue steel, and we're into it.
  • It was the most talked about show this season, but after its meteoric rise and subsequent apocalyptic asteroid collapse thanks to the tweets of its star, Roseanne didn't get nominated as a show. BUT, Laurie Metcalf did get a Best Supporting Comedy Actress nod, because we all still love her and the non-Roseanne members of the cast.
  • GLOW managed to GLOW up, suplexing its way to 10 nominations. It's a dramedy, which still doesn't get its own category despite their recent predominance, so its nominations landed in the comedy categories. (But it's probably still more of a comedy than Orange Is The New Black ever was.)
  • So, wait, this is all well and good, but who's going to win?! There will be a lot more predicting earlier, but some outlets have already jumped in. Read the early prognosticating from Gold Derby and Uproxx that will likely be wrong come awards night, but is still super fun to dive into RIGHT NOWWWWW.
  • Also, I don't usually make a point to read the Albany Times-Union, but they have some fun, on point knee-jerk reactions to the nominations.

You can watch the results at the 2018 Emmys, live from downtown L.A.'s Microsoft Theater, on Sept. 17.

Here's the full list, for your perusal/hate-read if your beloved actor/show/etc. wasn't nominated:

Outstanding drama series

  • The Americans (FX)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Game Of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding limited series

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

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
  • Keri Russell (The Americans)
  • Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Outstanding lead 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)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

  • Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
  • Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
  • Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
  • Thandie Newton (Westworld)
  • Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid's Tale)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series

  • Viola Davis (Scandal)
  • Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Cherry Jones (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)
  • Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)
  • Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale)

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series

  • F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)
  • Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)
  • Matthew Goode (The Crown)
  • Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
  • Gerald McRaney (This Is Us)
  • Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
  • Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Allison Janney (Mom)
  • Issa Rae (Insecure)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

  • Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
  • Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
  • Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
  • Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
  • Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
  • Megan Mullally (Will And Grace)

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

  • Louie Anderson (Baskets)
  • Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
  • Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
  • Henry Winkler (Barry)

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

  • Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
  • Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live)
  • Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)
  • Molly Shannon (Will And Grace)
  • Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

  • Sterling K. Brown (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  • Bryan Cranston (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Donald Glover (Saturday Night Live)
  • Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Katt Williams (Atlanta)

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie

  • Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
  • Laura Dern (The Tale)
  • Michelle Dockery (Godless)
  • Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
  • Regina King (Seven Seconds)
  • Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

Outstanding 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: Live in Concert)
  • Jesse Plemons (USS Callister: Black Mirror)

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

  • Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert)
  • 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 Wever (Godless)
  • Letitia Wright (Black Mirror (Black Museum))

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

  • Jeff Daniels (Godless)
  • Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • John Leguizamo (Waco)
  • Finn Wittrock (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  • 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)

Outstanding variety talk series

  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding variety sketch series

  • At Home With Amy Sedaris (TruTV)
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Tracey Ullman's Show (HBO)

Outstanding reality competition series

  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding structured reality program

  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
  • Fixer Upper (HGTV)
  • Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
  • Queer Eye (Netflix)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

Outstanding unstructured reality program

  • Born This Way (A&E)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
  • Intervention (A&E)
  • Naked And Afraid (Discovery Channel)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
  • United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program

  • W. Kamau Bell (United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell)
  • Ellen Degeneres (Ellen's Game Of Games)
  • RuPaul (Rupaul's Drag Race)
  • Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
  • Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)

Outstanding TV movie

  • Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
  • Flint (Lifetime)
  • Paterno (HBO)
  • The Tale (HBO)
  • USS Callister (Black Mirror) (Netflix)

Outstanding variety special (live)

  • The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
  • 60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
  • Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs (HBO)
  • The Oscars (ABC)

Outstanding variety special (pre-recorded)

  • Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special (CBS)
  • Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018 (CBS)
  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix)
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated) (TBS)
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (Netflix)

Outstanding informational series or special

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
  • Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (A&E)
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)
  • StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic)
  • Vice (HBO)

Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series

  • American Masters (PBS)
  • Blue Planet II (BBC America)
  • The Defiant Ones (HBO)
  • The Fourth Estate (Showtime)
  • Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

Outstanding animated series

  • Baymax Returns (Disney XD)
  • Bob's Burgers (FOX)
  • Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  • The Simpsons (FOX)
  • South Park (Comedy Central)

Outstanding children's program

  • Alexa & Katie (Netflix)
  • Fuller House (Netflix)
  • The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
  • Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Outstanding directing in a drama series

  • Jason Bateman (Ozark)
  • Stephen Daldry (The Crown)
  • The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
  • Jeremy Podeswa (Game Of Thrones)
  • Daniel Sackheim (Ozark)
  • Kari Skogland (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones)

Outstanding directing in a comedy series

  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Bill Hader (Barry)
  • Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)
  • Hiro Murai (Atlanta)
  • Jesse Peretz (GLOW)
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding directing in a variety series

  • Andre Allen (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)
  • Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia)
  • Jim Hoskinson (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
  • Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)
  • Tim Mancinelli (The Late Late Show With James Corden)
  • Paul Pennolino (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver)

Outstanding directing in a limited series or movie

  • Scott Frank (Godless)
  • David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)
  • Barry Levinson (Paterno)
  • Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose)
  • Ryan Murphy (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  • Craig Zisk (The Looming Tower)
  • David Lynch (Twin Peaks)

Outstanding writing in a drama series

  • David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones)
  • The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)
  • Bruce Miller (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Peter Morgan (The Crown)
  • Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve)

Outstanding writing in a comedy series

  • Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)
  • Alec Berg and Bill Hader (Barry)
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Sefani Robinson (Atlanta)
  • Liz Sarnoff (Barry)
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding writing in a variety series

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie

  • Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus (American Vandal)
  • Scott Frank (Godless)
  • David Nicholls (Patrick Melrose)
  • Tob Rob Smith (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  • David Lynch and Mark Frost (Twin Peaks)
  • William Bridgers and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister (Black Mirror))

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