UPDATE 18/09/2018: The list of winners at the 2018 Emmy Awards has now been added to the end of this post.
Predictions abound for the 70th iteration of the Emmy's with several of television's most celebrated shows set for a big night at the Television Academy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17, 2018.
"This year’s nominations continue to represent increased diversity and inclusion in front of the camera," said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. "And, there is a wealth of new and returning programs that reflect so many of today’s critical issues."
Among all shows up for awards, Game Of Thrones has the most nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Saturday Night Live (21) and Westworld (21). Leading the nominations in totals by platform are Netflix (112), HBO (108) and NBC (78). With over a hundred awards on offer, we'll take our pics among the contenders for the Drama Series category's main awards.
Outstanding Drama Series
The award for the best drama series seems like a two horse raise between downtrodden handmaidens and the dragon-riding royalty of Westeros. With Game of Thrones famously absent from last year's awards, the Handmaid's Tale swooped in to collect the gong. This year, the two go head-to-head. Critics are predicting a win for the Hulu drama to repeat the feat again this year.
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
It looks to be a threepeat for actor Sterling K. Brown. The This Is Us star comes in having won consecutive awards for The People v. O.J. Simpson and This Is Us. With his fictional father, Ron Cephas Jones, winning the Guest-Actor award in a stunning upset this past weekend, it means voters have been paying attention to the storyline. Realistically, Brown's main threat is his co-star and fictional adopted father, Milo Ventimiglia, who perhaps had a more emphatic role this past season.
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Likewise, except a repeat for Elisabeth Moss to win this year's gong. The Handmaid's Tale star's compelling portrayal in the series seems impossible to beat, with the show's success due in large part to the star's series-carrying performance. Having been overlooked for her past work on Mad Men, Moss is a shoe-in for this year's award once again.
Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Last year's winner, John Lithgow for The Crown, isn't in the running this year, which leaves the field wide open. Both Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage can consider themselves contenders for their roles on Game of Thrones. Dinklage already having two previous wins and Coster-Waldau being tasked with the season's most poignant moments. However, Matt Smith for his perfectly petty and occasionally sympathetic portrayal as Prince Philip in The Crown is apparently tipped to win.
Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
The Handmaid's Tale has three nominees this award, making up it a favorite to win this award. Interestingly the show has yet to lose an acting category in which it has been nominated. The real question is not if but who among its nominees will win. Samira Wiley was awarded this year's Guest Actress award, just as Alexis Bedel, who won last year's Guest Actress prize, is now a season regular and up for a Supporting Actress award. Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahovski who also star in the show are nominated. Dowd might have been the early favorite, however, as the season progressed it was Strahovski who really stole the show, having previously worked on both Chuck and Dexter.
As for the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series awards, there's little to separate between Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, and This Is Us.
"It’s been another record-breaking year with more than 9,100 entries in 122 unique categories for the initial nomination round of voting," said Washington. "The continued growth of the industry has provided opportunities for acclaimed new programs to emerge while allowing last season’s break-through programs to thrive."
The full list of nominees and winners can be found on the Emmys website.
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