Game of Thrones, Westworld and Saturday Night Live lead the Emmy Award 2018 nominations

HBO hit Game of Thrones may have missed out on getting any Emmy nominations last year, but it’s back with a vengeance in the 2018 awards, leading the nominations and becoming this year’s most nominated series with 22 nods.

Stranger Things, Westworld, This Is Us, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale are all once again fighting it out for the title of Outstanding Drama series for the second year running, alongside The Americans and Game of Thrones.

This year marked the first time HBO hasn’t led the nominations at the Emmys in 18 years, with Netflix earning 112 nods compared to HBO’s 108.

Among the notable Netflix nominees are acting nods for Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour, as well as for The Crown‘s Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode.

But it’s not all bad news for HBO as Westworld also picked up 21 nominations today, including a number of acting nods for its cast too, with Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while Evan Rachel Wood has once again been nominated for Lead Actress, with Thandie Newton for Supporting Actress and Jimmi Simpson for Guest Actor.

Also landing Lead Actor in a Drama Series nods are The American‘s Matthew Rhys, Ozark‘s Jason Bateman and This Is Us‘s Sterling K Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, while Claire Foy (The Crown), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Keri Russell (The Americans), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) are also nominated for Lead Actress.

Meanwhile, the Limited Series categories showed a lot of love to Ryan Murphy’s last American Crime Story as The Assassination of Gianni Versace picked up nominations for Outstanding Limited Series and in the acting categories, including Lead Actor for Darren Criss and his role of Andrew Cunanan.

Joining Criss in the category are Jesse Plemons (for his work on Black Mirror‘s ‘USS Callister’), Antontio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower).

Versace‘s Finn Wittrock, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin all picked up Supporting Actor nods, while Penelope Cruz and Judith Light are nominated in the Supporting Actress category too.

Over in the comedy categories, it was a good day for Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which picked up on Outstanding Comedy Series nomination alongside black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Barry, GLOW, Silicon Valley, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Glover himself also earned a Lead Actor nod, placing him among Ted Danson (The Good Place), Bill Hader (Barry), Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and William H Macy (Shameless).

Saturday Night Live also picked up a number of nods across the board too, including for hosts Tina Fey, Tiffany Haddish, Donald Glover and Bill Hader and also nominations for many of its supporting cast, including Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson and one for Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump too.

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – honouring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 – will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California on Monday, September 17.

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