2018 Emmy Awards Nominees

The nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards were announced July 12. Leading all nominees were Game Of Thrones (22), followed by Saturday Night Live (21) and Westworld (21). The Emmy Awards will be presented on NBC on September 17.

Here are the categories that include nominees of genre interest. (See the full list of nominees here.)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV 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: Live in Concert
  • Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV 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

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

  • Godless (Scott Frank)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert (David Leveaux)
  • Paterno (Barry Levinson)
  • Patrick Melrose (Edward Berger)
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (“The Man Who Would Be Vogue”; Ryan Murphy)
  • The Looming Tower (“9/11”; Craig Zisk)
  • Twin Peaks (David Lynch)

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

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

  • black-ish (Wanda Sykes as Daphne Lido)
  • The Good Place (Maya Rudolph as Judge Gen)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon)
  • Saturday Night Live (Tiffany Haddish as Host)
  • Saturday Night Live (Tina Fey as Host)
  • Will & Grace (Molly Shannon as Val)

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

Directing for Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones – “Beyond the Wall” (Alan Taylor)
  • Game of Thrones – “The Dragon and the Wolf” (Jeremy Podeswa)
  • Ozark – “The Toll” (Jason Bateman)
  • Ozark – “Tonight We Improvise” (Daniel Sackheim)
  • Stranger Things 2 – “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (The Duffer Brothers)
  • The Crown – “Paterfamilias” (Stephen Daldry)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – “After” (Kari Skogland)

Outstanding Short Form Variety Series

  • Between The Scenes – The Daily Show
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series
  • Creating Saturday Night Live
  • Gay Of Thrones
  • Honest Trailers
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Cover Room

Limited Series

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

Drama Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

  • The Crown (Matthew Goode as Tony Armstrong-Jones)
  • Homeland (F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal)
  • Mindhunter (Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper)
  • This Is Us (Ron Cephas Jones as William)
  • Westworld (Jimmi Simpson as William)

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

  • Game Of Thrones (Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Samira Wiley as Moira)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Cherry Jones as Holly Osborne)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Kelly Jenrette as Annie)
  • How To Get Away With Murder (Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Harkness)
  • Scandal (Viola Davis as Annalise Keating)

Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie of Special (Original Dramatic Score)

  • Alias Grace – “Part 1” (Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – “Crazy Diamond” (Cristobal Tapia De Veer)
  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams- “The Commuter” (Harry Gregson-Williams)
  • Godless – “Homecoming” (Carlos Rafael Rivera)
  • March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (Cyril Aufort)
  • Black Mirror – “USS Callister” (Daniel Pemberton)

Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

  • Game of Thrones – “The Dragon and the Wolf” (Ramin Djawadi)
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones – “AKA Playland” (Sean Callery)
  • Once Upon a Time – “Leaving Storybrooke” (Mark Isham, Cindy O’Connor, Michael Simon)
  • SEAL Team – “Pattern of Life” (W.G. Snuffy Walden, A. Patrick Rose)
  • Star Wars Rebels – “Family Reunion – And Farewell” (Kevin Kiner)
  • Westworld – “Akane No Mai” (Ramin Djawadi)

Original Theme Music

  • Godless (Carlos Rafael Rivera)
  • The Last Tycoon (Mychael Danna)
  • Marvel’s The Defenders (John Paesano)
  • The Putin Interviews (Jeff Beal)
  • Somebody Feed Phil (Mike S. Olson, Bridget Ellen Kearney, Michael Calabrese, Rachael Price)
  • The Tick (Chris Bacon)

Outstanding Music Supervision

  • Atlanta (Jen Malone, Fam Udeorji)
  • The Marvelous (Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino)
  • Stranger Things (Nora Felder)
  • This Is Us (Jennifer Pyken)
  • Westworld (Sean O’Meara)

Animated Program

  • Baymax Returns
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Rick And Morty
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park

Children’s Program

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Alexa & Katie
  • Fuller House
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

  • American Horror Story: Cult (Adina Porter as Beverly Hope)
  • The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace)
  • The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Judith Light as Marilyn Miglin)
  • Black Museum (Black Mirror) (Letitia Wright as Nish)
  • Godless (Merritt Wever as Mary Agnes)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert (Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene)

Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Genius: Picasso — “Chapter One”
  • Godless — “An Incident at Creede”
  • The Alienist — “The Boy on the Bridge”
  • Twin Peaks — “Part 8”
  • Black Mirror — “USS Callister”


  • Alexa Loses Her Voice – Amazon
  • Earth: Shot on iPhone – iPhone
  • In Real Life – Monica Lewinsky – Anti-Bullying
  • It’s a Tide Ad – Tide
  • The Talk – P&G – My Black is Beautiful

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

  • Icarus
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
  • Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
  • Speilberg
  • The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling

1 thought on “2018 Emmy Awards Nominees

  1. Even though it appears in the “Directing for a Comedy Series” category, I would submit that Hiro Murai’s direction of the “Teddy Perkins” episode of “Atlanta” would qualify as genre related. I thought “Teddy Perkins” was one of the better examples of contemporary horror that I’ve recently seen on the small screen.

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