Samira Wiley, Ryan Eggold To Announce 2018 Emmy Awards Nominations

Irene MckinneyJul 13, 2018

"It's been another record-breaking year with more than 9,100 entries in 122 unique categories for the initial nomination round of voting", Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said in a statement. And with the $8 billion that chief content officer Ted Sarandos expects to throw at original programming this year, next year's Emmy noms may look rather similar. Meanwhile, HBO's Thrones and Westworld nabbed 22 and 21 nominations each, while the dark comedy Barry scored 13 nods.

The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over previous year, edging HBO's 108. She wasn't nominated for an Emmy in 2017, either.

HBO awards darling "Veep" was ineligible this year and its crown passed to "Atlanta", the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods.

John Legend scores a nomination of his own for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Jesus in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert".

"Game of Thrones" roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday's nominations with 22 bids but facing a formidable opponent in "The Handmaid's Tale, " last year's top drama series. Meanwhile, newcomer Godless and comedy blowout GLOW also helped Netflix's numbers soar with 12 and 10 nominations apiece.

Some of TV's best work is now being done in the realm of limited series, and that was true again this season, with "Patrick Melrose", "Godless" and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" all making strong bids for attention.

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