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Emmy nominations 2018: Genre fare dominates top categories as Game of Thrones snags 22 nominations

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Sep 14, 2020, 10:50 AM EDT (Updated)

The nominees for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards have arrived and as expected, quite a few genre programs have received the recognition that they deserve. 

In particular, Game of Thrones led the genre pack with a whopping 22 nominations in categories like Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The fantasy series beat out fellow HBO show Westworld, which came in second with 21 nominations of its own. Looks like Delos ended up getting that fidelity they were looking for. 

Excitingly, four out of the seven nominees in the Outstanding Drama category, which arguably offers one of the biggest prizes of the night, are genre shows: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Westworld, and The Handmaid's Tale

HBO's Westworld fared well in both the categories for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Ed Harris (the Man in Black) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard) are competing against each another in the former, while Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) falls into the latter. Jimmi Simpson, who plays the young version of Ed Harris on the sci-fi show, is up for Best Supporting Actor. 

As expected David Harbour's Sheriff Jim Hopper on Stranger Things received a nomination this year for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Netflix and FX scored nominations in the Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, respectively. Jesse Plemons was rewarded for his performance in the Season 4 premiere episode of Black Mirror, "USS Callister," while Sarah Paulson was recognized for her role in American Horror Story: Cult. In the world of dystopian futures, HBO's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, is competing for Best TV Movie.

Recognition of Plemons continues Black Mirror's resonance with audiences, as the anthology series took home Best Writing for a Limited Series last year, thanks to the "San Junipero" episode. Black Panther's Letitia Wright also got recognized for her part in the episode titled "Black Museum." As a matter of fact, Netflix beat out HBO for the first time in nearly 20 years for the most Emmy nominations. In addition to Stranger Things and Black Mirror, programs like GLOW, The Crown, and Grace and Frankie are also up for awards. 

And of course, Hulu's Handmaid's Tale (so successful at this year's Golden Globes) scored a nomination in the Outstanding Guest Role category for Samira Wiley. It is also present in the categories for Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress.

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Perhaps one of the most head-turning nominations is the one for Rick and Morty's Season 3 episode of "Pickle Rick." The episode, up for Outstanding Animated Program, was actually described as "the best writing of 2017" by the creators of Game of Thrones, who, along with actor Peter Dinklage, recorded commentary for "Pickle Rick," which was included on the Season 3 home video release

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmys will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sept. 17. NBC will broadcast the ceremony. 

For a full list of this year's Emmy nominations, click HERE

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