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  • by Jeff Beck

Nominations for the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in "Game of Thrones"

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.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid's Tale

Stranger Things

This is Us


Outstanding Comedy Series




Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actor in a Drama

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Ed Harris, Westworld

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Drama

Keri Russell, The Americans

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Matt Smith, The Crown

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid's Tale

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Vanessa Kirby, The Crown

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Tale

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Ted Danson, The Good Place

William H. Macy, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Fankie

Issa Rae, Insecure

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Allison Janney, Mom

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Brian Tyree Henri, Atlanta

Henry Winkler, Barry

Louise Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Keenan Thomson, Saturday Night Live

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Zazie Betz, Atlanta

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

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