HOLLYWOOD—We should start to get ready for awards season. Why? Well the nominees for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed on Thursday, July 12 and leading the pack of all contenders was the series “Game of Thrones” with 22 nominations. Followed close behind were the series “Westworld” with 21 nominations and “Atlanta” with 16 nominations. The nominees were announced by actress Samira Wiley from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and actor Ryan Eggold of “New Amsterdam.”

There were a few surprises this year America. No love for “Roseanne,” while cancelled many expected it to be a possible contender in the Comedy Series race. There was no love for Claire Danes or Viola Davis in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series race despite being previous winners in the category. I’m stunned by the omissions of “Will & Grace” from the Outstanding Comedy Series race, as well as actors Eric McCormack and Debra Messing in the leading races. Also missing this year were Louie C.K. and Aziz Ansari in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series race. Like that was one of the hottest comedies on TV last year, but I will say I was happy to see Laurie Metcalf get love in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series race for “Roseanne.”

A partial list of this year’s nominees can be seen below.

Outstanding Comedy Series




-“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


-“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”


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

-Claire Foy “The Crown”

-Elisabeth Moss “The Handmaid’s Tale”

-Tatiana Masley “Orphan Black”

-Sandra Oh “Killing Eve”

-Keri Russell “The Americans”

-Evan Rachel Wood “Westworld”

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”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

-Nikolaj Coster-Waldau “Game of Thrones”

-Peter Dinklage “Game of Thrones”

-Mandy Patinkin “Homeland”

-David Harbour “Stranger Things”

-Matt Smith “The Crown”

-Joseph Fiennes “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

-Lena Heady “Game of Thrones”

-Millie Bobby Brown “Stranger Things”

-Vanessa Kirby “The Crown”

-Yvonne Strahovski “The Handmaid’s Tale”

-Alexis Bledel “The Handmaid’s Tale”

-Ann Down “The Handmaid’s Tale”

-Thandie Newtom “Westworld”

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”

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

-Anthony Anderson “Black-ish

-Ted Danson “The Good Place”

-Larry David “Curb Your

-Donald Glover “Atlanta”

-Bill Hader “Barry”

-William H. Macy “Shameless”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

-Brian Tyree Henry “Atlanta”

-Henry Winkler “Barry”

-Kenan Thompson “Saturday Night Live”

-Louie Anderson “Baskets”

-Alec Baldwin “Saturday Night Live”

-Tony Shalhoub “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

-Titus Burgess “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

-Zazie Beatz “Atlanta”

-Betty Gilpin “Glow”

-Laurie Metcalf “Roseanne”

-Aidy Bryant “Saturday Night Live”

-Leslie Jones “Saturday Night Live”

-Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live”

-Alex Borstein “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

-Megan Mullally “Will & Grace”

Outstanding Limited Series

-“Genuis: Picasso”


-“Patrick Melrose”

-“The Alienist”

-“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

-Jessica Biel “The Sinner”

-Laura Dern “The Tale”

-Michelle Dockery “Godless”

-Edie Falco “Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

-Sarah Paulson “American Horror Story: Cult”

-Regina King “Seven Seconds”

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

-Antonio Banderas “Pablo Picasso”

-Darren Criss “The Assassination of Giannia Versace: American Crime Story”

-Benedict Cumberbatch “Patrick Melrose”

-Jeff Daniels “The Looming Tower”

-John Legend “Jesus Christ”

-Jesse Plemons “USS Callister”

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

-“American Ninja Warrior”

-“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

-“Project Runway”

-“The Amazing Race”

-“The Voice”

-“Top Chef”

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

-“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

-“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

-“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

-“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

-“The Late Late Show With James Corden”

-“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Monday, September 17 from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” alums Michael Che and Colin Jost. The show will be televised on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.