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The 2018 Emmy Nominations: Netflix and ‘Game of Thrones’ Reign Supreme

Elsewhere, it was a good morning for ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld,’ and a rough one for ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’

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Every year, the Emmy nominations are read by two actors who clearly do not want to be there—on Thursday morning, Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold were the lucky ones—and every year, the announcement is met with one sweeping question: “That show aired this year?” It’s already hard enough keeping track of all the TV out there, but because of the Emmys’ confusing window of eligibility—from June of the previous year to the end of May of the current year—the annual nominations are typically chaotic. This year, for example, the seventh season of Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks: The Return were eligible, even though it seems like the shows actually aired four lifetimes ago.

The long layoff, however, didn’t stop Thrones from racking up a ton of nominations ahead of the 2018 Emmys, leading all series with 22 nods, including one for Outstanding Drama. Twin Peaks: The Return, meanwhile, couldn’t make a dent in any of the major categories, failing to be nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, with Kyle MacLachlan also getting snubbed for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, despite playing three different Agent Coopers in the 18-episode run. (On the bright side, David Lynch was nominated for Outstanding Directing as well as Outstanding Writing with cocreator Mark Frost.)

The biggest winner of this year’s nominations was Netflix: The streamer racked up 112 total nominations, narrowly edging out HBO’s 108 for the most of any network. It’s the first time in 18 years (!) that a network other than HBO had the most Emmy nominations, which might say more about Netflix’s sheer glut of original content (GLOW, Stranger Things, American Vandal, The Crown, etc.) than it does about HBO and any waning prestige (Westworld and Thrones still racked up a ton of nominations, and comedy mainstay Veep wasn’t eligible this year for its final season, which has yet to start filming).

Elsewhere, after a record five new drama series were nominated last year, the category stayed just about the same this year—in place of Better Call Saul and House of Cards from last year, Thrones returned and the final season of The Americans was acknowledged. This year, rather, it was the Outstanding Comedy Series category that produced several new nominees. Netflix’s GLOW, HBO’s Barry, the latest season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were all nominated, while Modern Family went unacknowledged for the first time in its nine-year run of eligibility.

As for the a competitive limited series category—“TWIN PEAKS WAS SNUBBED!” yelled every TV critic on the planet—trendy period pieces like Howards End and Alias Grace were left out, while the star-studded casts of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Genius: Picasso, and Godless picked up noms, along with the Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle Patrick Melrose and The Alienist, TNT’s first dip into prestige TV.

Below is a list of the nominees from the major Emmy categories:

Outstanding Drama Series

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

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: “USS Callister”
Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Matt Smith, The Crown

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister” (Black Mirror)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The SinnerLaura Dern, The Tale
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Merritt Wever, Godless
Letitia Wright, “Black Museum” (Black Mirror)

To see the full list of 2018 Emmy nominees, click here.