Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Australian Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski lands Emmy nomination

Australian Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski lands Emmy nomination

Streaming service Netflix had the most nominations, at 112, followed by HBO with 108.

The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over past year, edging HBO's 108.

Netflix's GLOW was nominated for Best Comedy Series while Betty Gilpin, who portrays Debbie on the series, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress In a Comedy. In three Emmy categories, minority actors account for more than half the nominees: Supporting actor in a limited series or movie, guest actor in a comedy series and guest actress in a drama series.

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Game of Thrones' roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday's nominations with 22 bids but facing a formidable opponent in 'The Handmaid's Tale, ' last year's top drama series.

Although season seven of Game of Thrones aired in summer 2017, due to the Emmys' eligibility cutoff, the HBO drama had to wait until this year to submit anything for consideration. GLOW's Betty Gilpin also scored a nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Debbie Eagan.

"I feel tremendous gratitude and joy with this nomination" and am "thrilled" for the show's cast and crew, Oh said in a statement. "We're grateful to all our nominees for making this the eighth year we've had 100 nominations or more". Only one acting category, supporting actor in a drama series, had all-white nominees.

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Some of TV's best work is now being done in the realm of limited series, and that was true again this season, with "Patrick Melrose", "Godless" and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" all making strong bids for attention. Legend's nomination for Jesus Christ, Superstar means he can add an Emmy to the Grammy, Oscar and Tony he already has on his shelf.

With women's rights advocates angry over President Donald Trump's nomination of an ultra-conservative judge to serve on the Supreme Court, a show about a fictional nightmarish America run by a totalitarian regime is an early favorite to steal the thunder of "Thrones".

Donald Glover's "Atlanta" was the top comedy series nominee with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of the absence this time around of three-time victor "Veep".

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