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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ leads streaming nominations at 20

'The Handmaid's Tale leads the pack.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jul 12, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:19 am CDT

The 2018 Emmy nominations are out with plenty of new and repeat nominees as The Handmaid’s Tale and Hulu lead the pack among streaming series with 20 nominations.

Last year, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first streaming show to win an Emmy for best series, but this year it will likely face tough competition against Game of Thrones, whose seventh season—which aired in 2017—is eligible this year (and received the most nominations overall at 22).

Elisabeth Moss is up for outstanding lead actress in a drama series and is looking to repeat after winning lead actress in a drama last year. Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, and Ann Dowd will all go head-to-head for supporting actress in a drama series; Dowd won last year while Bledel won the Emmy for guest actress in a drama. Samira Wiley, who was included in the supporting actress category last year, is now nominated as guest actress in a drama alongside Cherry Jones and Kelly Jenrette. Joseph Fiennes is up for supporting actor in a drama. The Handmaid’s Tale has also received nominations for writing, casting, directing, and cinematography, among others.

Hulu also received nominations for I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, The Looming Tower, and March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step.

Netflix had a strong showing and has the most nominations overall for a single network or streaming service at 112, overtaking last year’s leader HBO. The Crown leads Netflix’s selection of nominations at 13 with an outstanding drama series nomination and acting nominations for Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, and Matthew Goode.

Stranger Things and GLOW both had strong showings. Both were nominated for outstanding series in their respective categories (Stranger Things in drama, GLOW in comedy). Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour were both nominated in supporting categories while Betty Gilpin received a supporting actress in a comedy nomination. Other major nominations include Jason Bateman for Ozark, Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie, Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, and Merritt Wever for Godless, Regina King for Seven Seconds, Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Cameron Britton for Mindhunter, Letitia Wright for Black Mirror (“Black Museum”), and Jesse Plemons for Black Mirror (“U.S.S. Callister”). Godless is also up for Limited Series while Black Mirror (“U.S.S. Callister”) was nominated for TV Movie.

Amazon Prime received 22 nominations with 14 of them going for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is up for outstanding comedy with acting nominations for Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, and Jane Lynch.

The rest of the major nominations are included below. The 70th annual Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 with Saturday Night Live’s Michael Ché and Colin Jost hosting.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

Game of Thrones

This Is Us

The Crown

The Americans

Stranger Things


Outstanding Comedy Series




Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Silicon Valley

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

William H. Macy, Shameless

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Ted Danson, The Good Place

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

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

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

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 & 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 Prime Video

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Henry Winkler, Barry

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

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Murray Abraham, Homeland

Cameron Britton, Mindhunter

Matthew Goode, The Crown

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Gerald McRaney, This Is Us

Jimmi Simpson, Westworld

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 & Grace

Wanda Sykes, black-ish

Limited Series

The Alienist

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Genius: Picasso

Godless Netflix

Patrick Melrose

TV Movie

Fahrenheit 451



The Tale

“U.S.S. Callister” (Black Mirror)

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 TV Movie

Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert

Penélope 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)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert

John Leguizamo, Waco

Ricky Martin, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower

Finn Wittrock, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

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 Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris

Drunk History

I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman


Saturday Night Live

Tracey Ullman’s Show

Editor’s note: The headline was changed to show the correct number of Emmy nominations for The Handmaid’s Tale.

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*First Published: Jul 12, 2018, 12:01 pm CDT