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2018 Emmy Nominations: After 18 Years, HBO Takes Backseat To Netflix

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On Thursday morning, the 2018 Emmy nominations announcements were made, and so many talented actors and actresses have been recognized for their achievements. But when it comes to the networks, one rose above the rest – and it’s not even a traditional network. Netflix got the most Emmy nominations for its programming than any other network, and not only does it show how the way we watch TV has changed, but it’s also a testament of how much quality TV they continue to invest in.

The streaming giant scored a whopping 112 nominations, which is more than 20 more than they received last year (which was still a very respectable 91). This is also the first time in 18 years that HBO hasn’t had the honor of scoring the most Emmy nominations, which is a pretty big deal. This year, they took the number two spot to Netflix, earning 102 noms. Game of Thrones still earned the top spot for Emmy nominations by program with 22 in all categories, and obviously, shows like Big Little Lies and Westworld are huge fan favorites. But unfortunately, this time, HBO just couldn’t stack up to how much Netflix is killing it.

Among the streaming service’s most nominated shows are Stranger Things, The Crown, GLOW, and Godless, and it’s not really surprising at all. Who didn’t cancel all their plans to watch the second season of Stranger Things when it premiered last fall? Who isn’t planning on doing the same for season three when it premieres? Yes, a lot of us turn to Netflix to rewatch our favorite shows that were made famous by other networks like NBC‘s The Office, but the quality of their original shows can’t be beaten, and these Emmy nominations are proof of that.

And even though some may have had their doubt about streaming’s place in our future, it seems like it’s definitely here to stay. Many people catch their favorites on HBO, Hulu, and the other major networks week-by-week, but get to see it all at once on Netflix when the season pops up in the ‘Recently Added’ tab, so it makes sense that Netflix’s shows are the most recognized by the Television Academy. None of us want to live by the scheduling of a big network — it’s just so much more convenient to watch TV when you feel like it or binge an entire season at once. Plus, it kind of helps you get more invested in the show when you consider how many faves take a couple episodes to get into. (Mindhunter, we’re looking at you.)

People love streaming, and Netflix keeps giving us the good stuff, so it seems likely that this trend is here to stay. If HBO (or any of the other networks) want to compete in the future, they should definitely take note of what Netflix is doing right.

Below is a complete list of 2018’s Emmy Nominations in the Major Categories:

Outstanding drama series

The Americans (FX)

The Crown (Netflix)

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC)

Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)

Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones)

Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)

David Harbour (Stranger Things)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Matt Smith (The Crown)

Outstanding guest actress in a drama series

Viola Davis (Scandal)

Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)

Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)

Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series

F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)

Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)

Matthew Goode (The Crown)

Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)

Gerald McRaney (This Is Us)

Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)

Outstanding directing in a drama series

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Stephen Daldry (The Crown)

The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)

Jeremy Podeswa (Game Of Thrones)

Daniel Sackheim (Ozark)

Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones)

Outstanding writing in a drama series

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game Of Thrones)

The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things)

Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Peter Morgan (The Crown)

Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve)

Outstanding writing in a comedy series

Alec Berg (Silicon Valley)

Alec Berg and Bill Hader (Barry)

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Sefani Robinson (Atlanta)

Liz Sarnoff (Barry)

Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding comedy series

Atlanta (FX)

Barry (HBO)

Black-ish (ABC)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

GLOW (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding limited series

The Alienist (TNT)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)

Godless (Netflix)

Patrick Melrose (Showtime)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding 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 supporting actress in a comedy series

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)

Megan Mullally (Will And Grace)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series

Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)

Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live)

Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)

Molly Shannon (Will And Grace)

Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)

Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series

Sterling K. Brown (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Bryan Cranston (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Donald Glover (Saturday Night Live)

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Katt Williams (Atlanta)

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie

Jessica Biel (The Sinner)

Laura Dern (The Tale)

Michelle Dockery (Godless)

Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)

Regina King (Seven Seconds)

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

Outstanding 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: Live in Concert)

Jesse Plemons (USS Callister: Black Mirror)

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

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)

Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult)

Merritt Wever (Godless)

Letitia Wright (Black Museum – Black Mirror)

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Jeff Daniels (Godless)

Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)

John Leguizamo (Waco)

Finn Wittrock (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Ricky Martin (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower)

Outstanding variety talk series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding variety sketch series

At Home With Amy Sedaris (TruTV)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)

Portlandia (IFC)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

Outstanding reality competition series

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding structured reality program

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)

Fixer Upper (HGTV)

Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Shark Tank (ABC)

Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

Outstanding unstructured reality program

Born This Way (A&E)

Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)

Intervention (A&E)

Naked And Afraid (Discovery Channel)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)

United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program

W. Kamau Bell (United Shades Of America W. Kamau Bell)

Ellen Degeneres (Ellen’s Game Of Games)

RuPaul (Rupaul’s Drag Race)

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)

Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)

Outstanding TV movie

Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)

Flint (Lifetime)

Paterno (HBO)

The Tale (HBO)

USS Callister (Black Mirror – Netflix)

Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series

American Masters (PBS)

Blue Planet II (BBC America)

The Defiant Ones (HBO)

The Fourth Estate (Showtime)

Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

Outstanding animated series

Baymax Returns (Disney XD)

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)

The Simpsons (FOX)

South Park (Comedy Central)

Outstanding children’s program

Alexa & Katie (Netflix)

Fuller House (Netflix)

The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Outstanding directing in a comedy series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Bill Hader (Barry)

Mike Judge (Silicon Valley)

Hiro Murai (Atlanta)

Jesse Peretz (GLOW)

Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding directing in a variety series

Andre Allen (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee)

Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia)

Jim Hoskinson (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)

Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)

Tim Mancinelli (The Late Late Show With James Corden)

Paul Pennolino (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver)

Outstanding directing in a limited series or movie

Scott Frank (Godless)

David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert)

Barry Levinson (Paterno)

Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose)

Ryan Murphy (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

Craig Zisk (The Looming Tower)

David Lynch (Twin Peaks)

Outstanding writing in a variety series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Night With Seth Meyers

Saturday Night Live

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding writing in a limited series or movie

Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus (American Vandal)

Scott Frank (Godless)

David Nicholls (Patrick Melrose)

Tob Rob Smith (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)

David Lynch and Mark Frost (Twin Peaks)

William Bridgers and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister – Black Mirror)

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