Earlier this morning, the Television Academy announced the nominations for the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and as usual, there were plenty of surprises to be had. As expected, with "Game of Thrones" finally back in the mix, it led the way with an impressive 22 nominations, followed very closely by "Westworld" and "Saturday Night Live" with 21 each.
As far as the unexpected, it was a pretty big surprise to see "Westworld" get snubbed for both Writing and Directing after having nabbed both of those nods last year (then again, perhaps we shouldn't be all that shocked given the recent disappointing season), though it still managed to score several major acting nods (including a surprise nod in Lead for Ed Harris, who isn't remotely a lead on the show) on top of an Outstanding Drama Series nomination.
Other surprises include a snub for Limited Series for "Twin Peaks," which managed to get nods for Writing and Directing on top of several technical nods. Elsewhere, we find "This Is Us" once again getting snubbed for Writing and Directing, while "Ozark" makes a surprise double appearance in Directing. "Killing Eve" also managed to pop up in Writing (taking the place of "Westworld").
As to who the big winner will be this year, I would guess "Game of Thrones" has the edge now that it's back (and clearly they like it just as much as they ever have), though "The Crown," "Stranger Things," and last year's winner "The Handmaid's Tale" are also back with nominations in Drama Series, Writing, and Directing, so I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what happens on the big night.
Be sure to check back on Monday, September 17th for the major winners (and on September 9th for a complete list of the Creative Arts winners). In the meantime, please see below for a list of the nominees in the major Drama and Comedy categories, and click here for a PDF listing of the nominations in their entirety.