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Netflix, Game of Thrones Lead Emmy Nominations


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Netflix leads all other channels and platforms in this year’s Emmy nominations, landing a total of 112, while the show with the most nominations is HBO’s Game of Thrones with 22.

HBO, long the most-nominated platform, landed a total of 108 nominations, with NBC in a distant third with 78, followed by FX Networks with 50 and CBS with 34. The Emmys will be presented in a ceremony on Monday, September 17, airing on NBC.

“It’s been another record-breaking year with more than 9,100 entries in 122 unique categories for the initial nomination round of voting,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “The continued growth of the industry has provided opportunities for acclaimed new programs to emerge, while allowing last season’s breakthrough programs to thrive. In addition, 25 performers—ranging from new discoveries to revered international stars—have received their first-ever acting Emmy nomination across all categories of scripted programming. We are honored to recognize both television’s seasoned veterans and rising talents. This year’s nominations continue to represent increased diversity and inclusion in front of the camera. And, there is a wealth of new and returning programs that reflect so many of today’s critical issues.”

Game of Thrones is up for outstanding drama, facing off against FX’s The Americans, Netflix’s The Crown and Stranger Things, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This Is Us and HBO’s Westworld.

The shows nominated for best comedy are FX’s Atlanta; HBO’s Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Silicon Valley; ABC’s black-ish; Netflix’s GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Outstanding limited series nods went to TNT’s The Alienist, FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Nat Geo’s Genius: Picasso, Netflix’s Godless and Showtime’s Patrick Melrose. In the TV movie category, HBO dominates with three—Fahrenheit 451, Paterno and The Tale—up against Lifetime’s Flint and USS Callister from Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Contenders for lead actor in a drama series are Matthew Rhys for The Americans, Jason Bateman for Ozark, Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia for This Is Us, and Westworld‘s Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright. Lead actress nominees are Keri Russell for The Americans, Claire Foy for The Crown, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale, Sandra Oh for Killing Eve, Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black and Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld.

For lead actor in a limited series, nominees are Darren Criss for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Antonio Banderas for Genius: Picasso, John Legend for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Jeff Daniels in The Looming Tower, Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose and Jesse Plemons in Black Mirror. Outstanding lead actress contenders are Sarah Paulson for American Horror Story: Cult, Michelle Dockery in Godless, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders‘ Edie Falco, Regina King for Seven Seconds, Jessica Biel in The Sinner and Laura Dern for The Tale.

Up for lead actor in a comedy series are Donald Glover for Atlanta, Bill Hader for Barry, Anthony Anderson for black-ish, Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm, William H. Macy for Shameless and Ten Danson for The Good Place. Lead actress nominations went to Pamela Adlon for Better Things, Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish, Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie, Issa Rae for Insecure, Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Allison Janney for Mom.

In the directing categories, comedy contenders are Donald Glover and Hiro Murai for Atlanta, Bill Hader for Barry, Jesse Peretz for GLOW, Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Mike Judge for Silicon Valley; while drama nominations went to Stephen Daldry for The Crown, Alan Taylor and Jeremy Podeswa for Game of Thrones, Kari Skogland for The Handmaid’s Tale, Jason Bateman and Daniel Sackheim for Ozark, and The Duffer Brothers for Stranger Things.

Netflix’s Icarus is in the running for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special alongside Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, produced by VICE for Netflix, PBS’s Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, and HBO’s Spielberg and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. In the series category, nominations went to PBS’s American Masters, BBC America’s Blue Planet II, HBO’s The Defiant Ones, Showtime’s The Fourth Estate and Netflix’s Wild Wild Country. For outstanding informational series or special, contenders are CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Nat Geo’s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and HBO’s Vice.

Nominees for outstanding children’s program are Netflix’s Alexa & Katie, Fuller House and A Series of Unfortunate Events, HBO’s The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special and Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. 

In the reality competition category, CBS’s The Amazing Race faces off against NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Lifetime’s Project Runway, VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bravo’s Top Chef and NBC’s The Voice.



About Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on mdaswani@worldscreen.com.

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