Diversity, Game of Thrones dominate 2018 Emmy nominations

The 2018 primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced and while Game of Thrones leads with 22, diversity is the big winner.

Sandra Oh has made history by being the first woman of Asian descent to make the shortlist for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

The Korean-Canadian scooped the nod for her role in Killing Eve, after previously being nominated multiple times for her supporting role on Grey's Anatomy.

Other nominees helping make the finalists list more racially diverse than usual are John Legend, Regina King, Donald Glover, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K Brown, Jeffrey Wright, Adina Porter, Edgar Ramírez, Katt Williams, Penélope Cruz, Letitia Wright, Antonio Banderas and Samira Wiley.

While HBO's Game of Thrones has more nods than anything else, it's the first time in 18 years that the US cable network doesn't have the highest number of nominations. This year, Netflix has overtaken HBO with a massive haul of 112.

The nominees in the main categories are as follows:

Best Drama Series
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Sandra Oh - Killing Eve
Keri Russell - The Americans
Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black
Claire Foy - The Crown
Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman - Ozark
Matthew Rhys - The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us
Sterling . Brown - This Is Us
Ed Harris - Westworld
Jeffrey Wright - Westworld

Best 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 Macy - Shameless

Best 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

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 Headey, Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Tale
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Henry Winkler, Barry
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Betty Gilpin, Glow
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

Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult
Michelle Dockery - Godless
Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King - Seven Seconds
Jessica Biel - The Sinner
Laura Dern - The Tale

Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels - Looming Tower
John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons - U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror)

Best Limited Series
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Patrick Melrose

Best Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Best TV Movie
Fahrenheit 451
The Tale
USS Callister (Black Mirror)

The 70th Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, at 8pm (PT).


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