Monday, July 16, 2018


It is the middle of the year and the awards-giving bodies (those who have not yet had their turn at least) are gearing up to present their list of nominations. Next on the year’s schedule is the Primetime Emmy Awards on its 70th iteration, ready to award the winged woman with the atom to the best primetime programming offered between June 1, 2017 to just last May 31 of this year. The lucky nominees were announced Thursday, July 12 by Ryan Eggold and Samira Wiley, ahead of the awards night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17.
Entertainment Weekly gives us the list of primetime nominees here. It is a blend of sorts with some names of programs, actors and actresses, and creators that are well expected to get nominated indeed were, while others were not and have their “spots” taken by some surprise choices. This is reflected in the example of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, which aced getting nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, but has no acting nominations other than for supporting roles. The same fate seemed to befall the “Season 9” revival of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; only Megan Mullally as Karen is on the running for Supporting Comedy Actress.
A trend is also revisited in the number of nominations, with the lion’s share falling to two companies that represent the current divide in television programming: good old cable, and online streaming. Here, streaming heavyweight Netflix rules the roost with the highest amount of affiliated nominees at 36. HBO stands as the champion of cable TV with its nominations being only one less than Netflix.
Among notable companions of “Game of Thrones” on the nominee list for Outstanding Drama are HBO’s new cash cow “Westworld”, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, FX’s recently-concluded “The Americans”, Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Stranger Things”, and “NBC’s “This Is Us”. Some Outstanding Comedy Series choices include “Glow” from Netflix, “Atlanta”, “Silicon Valley”, “black-ish”, and “Barry”. Elizabeth Moss of “Handmaid’s Tale” and Claire Foy of “The Crown” are two of the Outstanding Drama Actress nominees, with Ed Harris of “Westworld” and Matthew Rhys from “The Americans” counted among their Outstanding Actor counterparts.
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) and Bill Hader (“Barry”) are choice nominees for Outstanding Comedy Actor, and on the Outstanding Comedy Actress flipside there are Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) among others. Interestingly the Lannister siblings from the soon-to-conclude “Game of Thrones” are in the Supporting Drama lists, with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage for Actor and Lena Headey for Actress. Several obvious nominees in Supporting Comedy Actors and Actress include Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub, and Zazie Beetz and Betty Gilpin.
For more information, visit the official 70th Primetime Emmy Awards website for the complete list of nominees, including categories like reality shows and limited series.
Image courtesy of Variety


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