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The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, and Westworld lead the 2018 Emmy nominations

Vox.com logo Vox.com 12/07/2018 Alex Abad-Santos
a statue of a person: The 2018 Emmy Awards show will air live on Monday, September 17, on NBC. © Provided by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images The 2018 Emmy Awards show will air live on Monday, September 17, on NBC.

The 2018 Emmy nominations are upon us. On Thursday, July 12, the 176 nominees for the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and actor Ryan Eggold. 

The Emmys focus their recognition exclusively on television, with the major awards divided into separate categories for comedy and drama.

As expected, in the drama categories, the 2018 nominations included several nods for 2017’s big winner, The Handmaid’s Tale. As a freshman series, the grim, dystopian adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel took home several awards in 2017, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Drama series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ann Dowd, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Elisabeth Moss, who won an Emmy for the first time after seven previous nominations.

FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Elisabeth Moss arrives at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar, in Santa Monica, Calif. The wrenching loss of an infant to a totalitarian society is explored in season two of "The Handmaid's Tale," star Elisabeth Moss and the show's producers said. The show returns April 25 on streaming service Hulu.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Elisabeth Moss arrives at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar, in Santa Monica, Calif. The wrenching loss of an infant to a totalitarian society is explored in season two of "The Handmaid's Tale," star Elisabeth Moss and the show's producers said. The show returns April 25 on streaming service Hulu.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The show, which just finished its second season on Hulu, is expected to easily make the cut in the Outstanding Drama Series race. But its chances of winning the title for a second year in a row will depend largely on Emmy voters’ memory of and feelings about Game of Thrones season seven; after winning Outstanding Drama in 2016 for its sixth season, the HBO powerhouse drama was not eligible for the 2017 Emmys because season seven didn’t air within the eligibility period. As Game of Thrones makes its grand return to the Emmys at the 2018 awards, it will almost certainly be a front-runner.

Eyes will also be on the fate of the second seasons of Stranger Things and This Is Us, and the acclaimed new series Killing Eve.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR BBC AMERICA - Sandra Oh, left, and Jodie Comer, right, arrive at BBC AMERICA's Killing Eve SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening and Q&A event on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, in New York. Killing Eve premieres on BBC AMERICA on Sunday, April 8th. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/BBC AMERICA via Invision/AP Images) © Invision for BBC America IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR BBC AMERICA - Sandra Oh, left, and Jodie Comer, right, arrive at BBC AMERICA's Killing Eve SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening and Q&A event on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, in New York. Killing Eve premieres on BBC AMERICA on Sunday, April 8th. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/BBC AMERICA via Invision/AP Images) On the comedy side, there will be at least two new winners in two major categories. The final season of the reigning champ Veep has been delayed because its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was undergoing treatment for cancer (filming is expected to resume next month). Veep has won Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row, while Dreyfus has swept Lead Actress in a Comedy Series since 2012.

One new contender for the Outstanding Comedy Series throne may be the Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The acclaimed Amazon series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has been praised for its style and joy and it stars Rachel Brosnahan, who earlier this year won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and the Critics’ Choice award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy.

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, author and co-executive producer George R. R. Martin attends the "Game of Thrones" fourth season premiere in New York. HBO's "Game of Thrones" is in its home stretch. But the game isn't over for its creator, Martin, who is in the thick of planning as many as five new "Game of Thrones"-related series for the network. Posting on his website, Martin specified that each concept under development is for a prequel, not a sequel. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, author and co-executive producer George R. R. Martin attends the "Game of Thrones" fourth season premiere in New York. HBO's "Game of Thrones" is in its home stretch. But the game isn't over for its creator, Martin, who is in the thick of planning as many as five new "Game of Thrones"-related series for the network. Posting on his website, Martin specified that each concept under development is for a prequel, not a sequel. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Maisel will likely be going up against the second season of Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which Vox critic at large Todd VanDerWerff has already deemed one of the best shows of this year. The first season of the FX series was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series last year, and while it predictably lost the crown to Veep, Glover — who both created the series and stars in it — won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The 2018 comedy field is also expected to include HBO’s buzzy upstart Barry and the second season of the Netflix wrestling comedy Glow.

The 2018 Emmy Awards show will air live on Monday, September 17, on NBC. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the broadcast.

Here are the nominees in all the awards’ major categories. For the complete list, visit the Emmys’ website.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

Barry

Black-ish

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Glow

The Marvel Mrs. Maisel

Silicon Valley

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antoni Banderas, Genius: Pablo 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

Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Laura Dern, The Tale

Michelle Dockery, Godless

Edie Falco, Law and Order: True Crime

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Sarah Paulson, America Horror Story: Cult

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. Macey, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamala Adlon, Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Ms, Maisel

Allison Janney, Mom

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Sterling K Brown, This Is Us

Milo Ventimigla, This Is Us

Ed Harris, Westworld

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Keri Russell, The Americans

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Outstanding Reality Show Program

Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

Rupaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris

Drunk History

I Love You America with Sarah Silverman

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

The Tracey Ullman Show

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 Croden

The Late Show with Stephen Colber

Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienest

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Genius: PIcasso

Godless

Patrick Melrose

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