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Emmys 2018: Genre underperforms with respectable wins for Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, and Westworld

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

It was not genre's night at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, despite dominating a lot of the drama categories. 

The only sci-fi and fantasy shows to win were Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Black Mirror. Sadly, Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, The Good PlaceGLOW, The Handmaid's Tale, and American Horror Story couldn't stand up to the heavy-hitting dramas like The Crown, American Crime Story, and The Americans

Game of Thrones had the most genre wins of the evening with two big victories in the categories for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage) and Best Drama Series. Dinklage was competing against his co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) as well as David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid's Tale). 


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HBO struck gold (quite literally) once again when Thandie Newton won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Maeve on Westworld. In this category, Newton was up against Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid's Tale), and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale).

Lastly, Black Mirror's Season 4 premiere episode "USS Callister" took home the award for Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama. Writers William Bridges and Charlie Brooker (also the creator of the show) took the stage, with Brooker thanking his two big influences, Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

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Rick and Morty stopped by to announce the award for Best Reality/Competition Series and ended up giving a hilarious sermon on the mistreatment of Emmys, which are (believe it or not) actually living creatures. 

Despite a disappointing performance for genre programs, this year's Emmy ceremony was notable for the fact that HBO and Netflix tied for most wins, writes Variety. Both took home 23 statues a piece, although Netflix trumped HBO in terms of more nominations (112 vs 108). 

This should come as a source of pride and triumph for Netflix, which, just recently was referred to as "the Walmart" of streaming services by Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, which owns HBO.