Fun facts about Thursday’s nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards:
It was a deep year of nominations for minority performers, who accounted for over one-third of Thursday’s acting nominees. 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. Only one acting category, supporting actor in a drama series, had all-white nominees. The minority nominations included a historic nod for Sandra Oh, who became the first nominee of Asian descent in the leading actress in a drama series for her role in the BBC America series Killing Eve. “I share this moment with my community,” Oh said in a statement. “I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied.”
HBO GETS ‘ONLY’ 108 NOMS
For the first time since 2001, HBO did not lead the nominations. Netflix was top platform this year with 112 nominations. HBO was second with 108. NBC was a distant third with 78, a figure that put it first among broadcast networks. NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with 21 nominations this year, has now been nominated 252 times in its history, a record for any show. Game of Thrones is second with 129 and this year surpassed ER as the top drama nominee.
VETERAN STARS, EMMY ROOKIES
Several major stars not normally associated with television got their first Emmy nominations in 2018. Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), John Legend (Jesus Christ, Superstar), Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Katt Williams (Atlanta) are all first-time nominees this year.
John Legend is in a position to join the elite EGOT club. 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. He’d be the 13th person to pull it off, not counting honourary awards.
ABC’s Black-ish has managed to increase its Emmy nomination tally a little bit every year of its existence. It got one nomination in 2015, three in 2016, four in 2017 and five in 2018, including best comedy series, best actor in a comedy series for Anthony Anderson and best actress in a comedy series for Tracee Ellis Ross.
‘THRONES’ STEPS DOWN BUT STILL SITS ON TOP
Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 nominations, but that number is actually a drop from the last two times the HBO show was eligible. It was nominated 24 times in both 2015 and 2016, winning 12 Emmys both years. It was not in the running in 2017. Its fellow HBO drama Westworld had 21 nominations this year, as did Saturday Night Live. Atlanta leads in comedy series nominations with 16, and RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Voice each had 10 nominations to lead in the reality-competition category.