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70th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced: Judith Light, ‘This Is Us’ Score Nods, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Leads With 22

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the upcoming 70th Annual Primetime Emmys to be held on September 17th at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and to be broadcast on NBC.  The announcements were made by Ryan Eggold and Samira Wiley.

SNL Weekend Update anchors: Colin Jost and Michael Che will serve as co-hosts with Lorne Michaels serving as the award show executive producer.

Game of Thrones led all shows with the most nominations with 22, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld which have 21 each. The Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s Drama Series winner, received 20.   In addition, Netflix broke the streak of HBO having the most nominations this year with 112 for the streaming outlet.  HBO had been tops in the noms for 17 years.

This Is Us scored 8 with nominations including in the Lead Actor category for series stars: Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown.  However, surprisingly omitted were Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Mandy Moore in the Supporting Actor, Actress, and Lead Actress categories.

Former One Life to Live star, two-time Daytime Emmy, and two-time Tony Award winner, Judith Light is the running again for her first Primetime Emmy. This time in the Limited Series Supporting Actress category for her critically-acclaimed performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.  Another soap alum, All My Children’s Finn Wittrock received a nomination in the Limited Series Supporting Actor category for ‘Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,’ as did Ricky Martin (Ex-Miquel, General Hospital).

Here are the complete list of nominations in the major categories below.

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

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

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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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Heady, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Matt Smith, The Crown

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Diane Rigg, Game of Thrones
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis, Scandal
Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid’s Tale
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Cameron Britton, Mindhunter
Matthew Goode, The Crown
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jimmi Simpson, Westworld

Courtesy/NBC

COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta
Barry
black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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 & Frankie

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Alex Borestein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry

Courtesy/NBC

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Wanda Sykes, black-ish
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Molly Shannon, Will & Grace

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Katt Williams, Atlanta
Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lin-Manuael Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

TELVISION MOVIE 
Black Mirror, “USS Callister”
Farenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale

Courtesy/FX

LIMITED SERIES 
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

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 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”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
Merrit Wever, Godless
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Courtesy/FX

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbag, The Looming Tower
John Leguizamo, Waco

REALITY SHOW HOST 
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

VARIETY TALK SERIES
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

VARIETY SPECIAL LIVE
Jesus Chris Superstar
The 75th Annual Golden Globes
60th Annual Grammy Awards
The Oscars
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites For Autism Programs

So, what do you think of this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations?  Who do you feel got in that deserved to be nominated? Who was snubbed? Who are you rooting for to win? Let us know via the comment section below.  And to see the complete nominations in all categories check out Emmys.com

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Justin was robbed yet again!

Phil
Phil

As was Mandy Moore… even more so actually!

heidi
heidi

Freddie Highmore and The Good Doctor

Phil
Phil

Guess who won’t be watching the emmys? This guy! To omit Mandy Moore is just ridiculous! She was the highlight of the season this year NOT Sterling K. Brown! Don’t get me wrong Sterling is great and deserves the nod, but Moore not only deserves the nod but also the win! I will skip what looks to be a love fest for Game of Thrones and Handmaid’s Tale! As usual the Emmys got it wrong! At least Daytime got most of it right this year!

Mary SF
Mary SF

When the Emmy awards began, there were only three networks, now networks have to compete with streaming services and cable shows, which is unfair. Networks do not have the budgets to compete with streaming shows and cable in terms of production values, the quality of actors, the writing staff– etc. IMHO, Network shows need their own award show — so much talent goes unrecognized, shows that would have had multiple Emmy awards before have none under the current system. The fact This Is Us got nominations at all speaks volumes of the quality of work– but the playing field for network shows is not even which makes it harder for actors like JH to get a nod–so either it is time for another show or new categories within the Prime time Emmy system so network shows get their own slot– ie Outstanding actor in a Network Drama vs Outstanding Actor in a Drama.

rose
rose

Mary SF…I think you are right about why the three networks, and soaps like GH especially, are at a disadvantage compared to years ago. At least for consistent, quality writing and stories and budgets. Oh, and add that they have to write for five days of the week, and don’t get to take time out for seasonal breaks. So I guess we should count ourselves lucky that we still have the quality that we do have.

D. Cole
D. Cole

J Hartley, sorry they can’t see what the rest of us do. You should have been nominated.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Leaving THIS IS US’ Chrissy Metz off the list is a travesty. I’ve always felt that when a performer can make you watch them even when the scene is meant to spotlight someone else, that’s a great actor. In the family meeting scene with Kevin’s psychiatrist, Kevin and Randall are exchanging angry, hurtful barbs when the camera pivots to Kate. Metz’s look of hurt and shock spoke volumes without a word spoken. It was a stunning moment in a great year for THIS IS US. I am glad that Darren Criss and Judith Light were nominated for the Versace series. Criss was alternately chilling, creepy, sly, sexy, and pathetic as Andrew Cunanan. What I CAN’T grasp is Penelope Cruz’s nod. She was embarrassingly bad as Donatella Versace. I had to put on the Closed Captions to figure out her dialogue.

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During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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