Monday, 10 December, 2018

Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations

Rachel Brosnahan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Samira Wiley, Ryan Eggold To Announce 2018 Emmy Awards Nominations
Adrian Cunningham | 13 July, 2018, 04:21

As a matter of fact, Netflix beat out HBO for the first time in almost 20 years for the most Emmy nominations.

The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over a year ago, edging HBO's 108.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each.

(L-R) Handmaid's Tale co-stars Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel and Yvonne Strahovski at a party in Los Angeles.

FX's true crime dramatization "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" led the limited series category with 18 nominations, including a best actor nod for Darren Criss who plays the killer of the gay Italian fashion designer.

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For the most part, though, this year's categories mark a pretty fair representation of TV's best and brightest, while adding drama to the battle that's been brewing to its two foremost bidders for awards prestige. Game Of Thrones was the dominant series.

A slew of first time Emmy contenders included Sandra Oh as the first Asian-American lead comedy actress nominee for her role in quirky spy series "Killing Eve", and Rachel Brosnahan's 1950s housewife turned comedian in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". GLOW received eight additional nominations in various categories.

"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" was also showered with praise, as was "The Handmaid's Tale's" supporting cast, coming off a just-concluded second season that gave them an opportunity to shine.

Nicole Kidman missed out on an Emmy nomination for her performance in Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Beginning at 11:25 am ET, Wiley and Eggold will reveal the nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Monday, Sept. 17 (8/7c) on NBC.