Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards nominations live

Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards nominations live

Game of Thrones garnered a whopping 22 nominations - the most for any series this year.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" and HBO stablemate "Westworld" with 21 nominations each.

Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival didn't make the cut - producing bellyaching from its critical admirers - and while TNT's "The Alienist" and National Geographic Channel's second installment of "Genius", about Pablo Picasso, look like long shots against those heavyweights, they reflect the rising ambition exhibited by other networks in their bid to make a mark with scripted programming. Saturday Night Live and Westworld both grabbed 21 nominations each, while The Handmaid's Tale secured 20 nominations.

There was no broadcast presence in three series acting categories - lead and supporting actress in a drama and supporting actor in a drama.

As expected David Harbour's Sheriff Jim Hopper on Stranger Things received a nomination this year for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

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"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. In the world of dystopian futures, HBO's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, is competing for Best TV Movie. It got 23 nods in 2016 but wasn't eligible a year ago. Black Panther's Letitia Wright also got recognized for her part in the episode titled "Black Museum".

Netflix's investment in original programming has mirrored the strategy that has made HBO so consistently dominant, offering a wide variety of programming - from series like "The Crown" and "Stranger Things" to specials, from documentaries to unscripted fare.

And of course, Hulu's Handmaid's Tale (so successful at this year's Golden Globes) scored a nomination in the Outstanding Guest Role category for Samira Wiley. Those nominations won't convince Julia Roberts to do a show for BBC America, but it does send a clear message to series creators and actors that the network can break through the clutter of Peak TV.

The previous high for "Game of Thrones" was 24 nominations in 2015.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 17 on NBC.

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