Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations

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'The Crown,' starring Claire Foy, was among the Netflix shows nominated for Emmy Awards. The streaming service scored 112 nominations on Thursday.

‘The Crown,’ starring Claire Foy, was among the Netflix shows nominated for Emmy Awards. The streaming service scored 112 nominations on Thursday.


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Netflix

scored 112 Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday, more than any other television network and breaking a streak that HBO held onto for 17 years.

“Game of Thrones,” which sat out the awards last year because it missed the eligibility window, received 22 nominations, the most of any series. Its nods included best drama, the category it won in 2015 and 2016. Its latest season premiered a full year ago, and it won’t begin its eighth and final season until 2019. It was among HBO’s 108 nominations.

While the significance of Emmy Awards is somewhat limited to bragging rights and scoring points with the creative community, the end of HBO’s streak comes at a pivotal time in the programmer’s history. AT&T has just taken over HBO parent Time Warner, and how it manages the premium television platform has become a topic du jour in media circles.

“Game of Thrones” will be up against last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was the first streaming TV series to win best drama. Hulu’s grim depiction of an America in which women have lost all reproductive rights, also scored a best actress nomination for

Elisabeth Moss,

who won the trophy last year.

‘Game of Thrones’ received the most nominations of any series this year.

‘Game of Thrones’ received the most nominations of any series this year.


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Other drama nominees included “This Is Us,” the time-hopping family drama (NBC); “Stranger Things,” featuring a gang of 1980s kids up against supernatural forces (Netflix); “The Crown,” the lush origin story of Queen

Elizabeth II

(Netflix); and “The Americans,” which mixed domestic drama with Cold War intrigue (FX). Like Netflix, HBO has two shows going head to head in the category: “Westworld,” a maze-like saga about an automaton mutiny, and “Game of Thrones.”

Last year, a record five out of the seven drama nominees were first-year series. This year, no freshmen shows broke in.

In an especially competitive comedy field, “Atlanta,” the rule-breaking FX comedy created by

Donald Glover,

led the pack with 16 nominations. Other best comedy nominees include “Barry,” featuring Bill Hader as a hit man who wants to get out of the business and into acting (HBO); “Black-ish,” the twice-nominated family comedy that has taken on contentious issues around race and politics (ABC); “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the acerbic

Larry David

vehicle whose ninth season followed a six-year hiatus (HBO); “GLOW,” about a start-up women’s wrestling league in the 1980s (Netflix); “Silicon Valley,” the tech-world satire that was nominated for each of first four previous seasons (HBO); “Unbreakable

Kimmy Schmidt,

” starring

Ellie Kemper

(Netflix); and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s family woman’s foray into stand-up comedy (Amazon).

Rachel Brosnahan received a best actress nomination for her performance in Amazon’s ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’

Rachel Brosnahan received a best actress nomination for her performance in Amazon’s ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’


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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is vying with “Atlanta” for frontrunner status among comedies with 14 total nominations for its first season, including nods for lead actress

Rachel Brosnahan

as the title character. She won a Golden Globe earlier this year in the same category.

After an eight-year run as a nominee (including five straight wins), ABC’s “Modern Family” fell out of the best comedy race. Like the “Game of Thrones” vacuum last year, the absence of perennial comedy nominee “Veep” offered an opening for rookie shows “Barry,” “GLOW” and “Mrs. Maisel.”

“Veep” was nominated for every one of its five seasons and took home the trophy for the last three years in a row. Production of the seventh and final season of the political satire was delayed while star (and record-holding Emmy winner)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

dealt with cancer treatment.

In drama, last year’s lead-actor winner

Sterling K. Brown

scored another nomination for his role in “This Is Us,” along with his co-star

Milo Ventimiglia.

Two “Westworld” actors,

Ed Harris

and

Jeffrey Wright,

will also face off.

Matthew Rhys,

who recently wrapped his role on “The Americans,” rounded out the category.

Sterling K. Brown, an Emmy winner last year for ‘This Is Us,’ scored another nomination for the same role.

Sterling K. Brown, an Emmy winner last year for ‘This Is Us,’ scored another nomination for the same role.


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Sandra Oh

became the first Asian woman to be nominated for a best actress Emmy. Her performance as an assassin-hunting agent in BBC America’s “Killing Eve” put her into competition with fellow drama nominees

Claire Foy

(“The Crown”), Ms. Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”),

Tatiana Maslany

(“Orphan Black”),

Keri Russell

(“The Americans”) and

Evan Rachel Wood

(“Westworld”).

Mr. Glover, last year’s winner for lead actor in a comedy, was nominated again for his role as a disillusioned striver in “Atlanta.” Other contenders include repeat nominee

Anthony Anderson

(“Black-ish”),

Ted Danson

(“The Good Place”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Bill Hader (“Barry”) and

William H. Macy

(“Shameless”), who has been nominated in the category every year since 2014.

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell were both nominated for their performances in ’The Americans.’

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell were both nominated for their performances in ’The Americans.’


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Rounding out the nominees for lead actress in a comedy with Ms. Brosnahan are

Pamela Adlon

(“Better Things”),

Allison Janney

(“Mom”), first-time nominee

Issa Rae

(“Insecure”),

Tracee Ellis Ross

(“Black-ish”) and

Lily Tomlin

(“Grace and Frankie”).

“Roseanne” was the highest-rated broadcast series of last season, but a racist tweet in May by its star

Roseanne Barr

resulted in the show’s cancellation by ABC. It received only one acting nomination, for supporting actress

Laurie Metcalf.

FX, which in recent years traded wins with HBO in the limited-series category, scored 18 nominations for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the latest installment of its “American Crime Story” anthology. HBO, whose “Big Little Lies” won multiple Emmys last year, didn’t land a spot among the limited-series contenders, which include “The Alienist” (TNT), “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic), “Godless” (Netflix) and “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime).

NBC will broadcast the 70th Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 17.

2018 Emmy Awards Nominees

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta
Barry
black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans
The Crown
Game Of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Outstanding Limited Series
The Alienist
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ted Danson, The Good Place
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Darren Criss, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jesse Plemons, USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Keri Russell, The Americans
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Henry Winkler, Barry
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Matt Smith, The Crown
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game Of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Ricky Martin, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
John Leguizamo, Waco

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Letitia Wright, Black Museum (Black Mirror)
Merritt Wever, Godless
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert

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