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The 2018 Emmy Nominations and Initial Thoughts

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 12, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 12, 2018 |


OK. Here are your nominations for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards. Let’s start by talking about THE GOOD: The Americans got some well-deserved love; Game of Thrones dominated; I don’t think a lot of other people did, but I loved Godless, which also dominated — along with The Assassination of Gianni Versace in the Limited Series category — and Sandra Oh for Killing Eve. The Handmaid’s Tale also got a huge amount of nominations, all the performers of which deserved them, but like Westworld, I’m not sure season two belongs in the Best Drama category this year, especially because it meant leaving out Killing Eve and Halt and Catch Fire, which was apparently shut out. That’s a damn shame. As is the snubbing of Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet (that was a masterful comedic performance, y’all). Atlanta deservedly got a lot of love, as did lesser seasons of both Stranger Things and This Is Us.

There is so much content that nominations are invariably going to converge around a smaller number of shows because not even Emmy voters can be expected to see everything. A certain level of popularity is important, which means that shows like Counterpoint or, say, The End of the F—king World are going to get shut out. I am surprised, however, that Mindhunter didn’t fetch a nomination, because that seems right up Emmy alley.

The biggest snub, however, has to be Late Night with Seth Meyers, clearly one of the three best late-night talk shows (along with Sam Bee and John Oliver). Also, it’s a shame there was no room for Brooklyn 99 this year.

Anyway, here are the nominations and we’ll have more thoughts on them later today.

Best Drama
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Actor — Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Ed Harris, Westworld
Milo Ventigmilia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Best Actress — Drama
Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Kiling Eve
Kerri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josephn Feinnes, Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Matt Smith, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

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

Best Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Actress — Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actor — Comedy
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless
Anthony Anderson, Black-Ish
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ted Danson, The Good Place

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
Zazie Beets, Atlanta
Alex Borestein, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant, SNL
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Laurie Metcalfe, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, SNL
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Kenan Thompson, SNL

Outstanding Limited Series
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Genius Picasso
Patrick Melrose

Lead Actress — Limited Series
Jessieca Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story

Lead Actor — Limited Series
Antonia Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Susperstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror

Supporting Actress — Limited Series
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Adina Porter, American Horror Story
Merrit Weaver, Godless
Letitia Wright, Black Museum

Supporting Actor — Limited Series
Jeffrey Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Variety Show
At Home with Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
The Tracey Ulman Show

Reality Competition
Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Talk Show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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