Emmys 2018 - Game of Thrones Westworld Handmaiden’s Tale

The Emmys announced their nominations for 2018 and among the fantasy and science fiction genre, HBO, Netflix and Hulu scored big.

HBO’s Game of Thrones and Westworld were the biggest contributors to the 108 nominations, but falling short of Netflix’s 112.

Game of Thrones led the way scoring a total of 22 with nominations, 14 in technical categories for the Emmys.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Lena Headey for Outstanding Supporting Actress
  • Diana Rigg for Outstanding Guest Actress in Drama Series
  • “Beyond the Wall” with Alan Taylor and “The Dragon And the Wolf” with Jeremy Podeswa for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • “The Dragon And The Wolf” got Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series nods for series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Westworld has 21 nominations, 16 in technical categories.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Evan Rachel Wood for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
  • Thandie Newton for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Jimmi Simpson for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale scored 20 nominations, 10 in technical categories.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Elizabeth Moss for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
  • Joseph Fiennes for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Kelly Jenrette, Cherry Jones, and Samira Wiley for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • “After” with Kari Skogland for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • “June” with creator Bruce Miller for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Netflix’s Stranger Things scored 12 nominations, 7 in technical categories.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Millie Bobby Brown for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • David Harbour for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • “Chapter Nine: The Gate” with creators The Duffer Brothers for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • “Chapter Nine: The Gate” with The Duffer Brothers for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Other notables include:

  • Tatiana Maslany has a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black
  • Netflix’s GLOW is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series; Betty Gilpin for Outstanding Supporting Actress; and “Pilot” for Jesse Peretz for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
  • HBO’s Silicon Valley is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series; “Internal Coin Offering” with creator Mike Judge for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; and “Fifty One Percent” with Alec Berg, Judge, co-creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
  • Sandra Oh could be the first Asian woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for Killing Eve

If there was one consistent pattern, is that a handful of shows are hoarding the major acting and writing categories. A number of shows that are more traditional comedies or dramas like Atlanta, Blackish, Saturday Night Live, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, This is Us, and The Americans are very well represented.

Which network do you see dominating the awards? Which drama do you see coming out on top? Game of Thrones, Westworld, Handmaiden’s Tale or some other show?

The Emmys will air September 17 on NBC.

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