Stranger Things, Handmaid’s Tale & Westworld Receive Emmy Outstanding Drama Nominations

by Erik Amaya


The 70th Annual Emmy Awards may be a bit light on acknowledging the fine work in genre TV — in fact, it seems lighter than in the previous couple of years — but one highlight is Stranger Things, which earned an Outstanding Drama nomination during an announcement ceremony earlier today. Other genre titles in the category include perennial nominee Game of Thrones, HBO’s Westworld and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Westworld also makes up the bulk of genre TV’s nominations in other categories with Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright earning nods in the lead actor categories. The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elizabeth Moss was also nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, as was Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany. Finally, Jesse Plemons was nominated for his work in the space opera Black Mirror episode “USS Callister.”

And though genre representation still has a way to go in the Emmy nominations, the work receiving recognition is very strong; indicating the great divide between “legitimate” drama and television featuring fantastic concepts has been, for the most part, breached.

Here’s the full list of the 2018 Emmy nominations in key categories:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusism
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

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

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

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
American Ninja
Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk HIstory
I Love You America
Saturday Night Live
Tracy Ullman’s Show

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight
Late Late Show With James Corden
Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Limited Series

The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Genius: Picasso
Patrick Melrose

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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