Getting ready for the upcoming Emmy Awards?
For many, the awards night is a party tradition. People have gotten together to watch shows like the Academy Awards and Emmy Awards for decades. The first Emmy Awards was on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club. During that time, it only awarded Los Angeles TV programs.
It's always exciting to see who and what gets nominated every year, and it's even more exciting when your favorites take home the prize.
Not sure which shows might get the spotlight this year? Curious about the award nomination highlights? Read on to discover what you can expect:
1. Donald Glover and Atlanta
Last year, Atlanta earned two Emmy awards, and Donald Glover and the crew aimed to win again this year. The highly-acclaimed second season of the show set the bar for their achievements in the Emmy's.
Like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the show continues to push the boundaries of television thanks to innovative thinking.
The show's first season only had five nominations in the 2017 Emmy Awards. This year, the FX series has three times that amount with 16 nominations!
The nominations for Atlanta include Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Glover and Best Comedy Series for the show itself.
Donald Glover also gets a nomination for Best Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. This one comes from his appearance as a host on Saturday Night Live this year.
2. Peter Dinklage is the Most-Nominated Actor in a Drama Series
Dinklage's portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones netted him another nomination. It's the seventh time he has received the nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. With this nomination, he can claim bragging rights as the most nominated actor for that category in Emmy history.
The Game of Thrones actor beat out other talented folk like Jimmy Smits and Ed Begley Jr.
Dinklage has won the Best Supporting Actor award twice already, in 2011 and 2015.
Other possible award-winning actors Dinklage is up against this year include:
- Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid's Tale)
- David Harbour (Stranger Things)
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
3. Netflix Beats All Competitors in Total Nominations
HBO held the top spot of having the most Emmy nominations for 17 years. The newest competitor in the industry, Netflix, was able to surpass the network this year. The tally this year is 112 to 108 in favor of Netflix.
The TV giant HBO only lost three nominations compared to last year. However, Netflix had a significant increase--from 91 to 112. The increase in nominations this year for Netflix is due in part to the fact that several series that received double-digit nominations.
It doesn't mean HBO is slacking off since Game of Thrones had 22 nominations on its own. It's the show that received the most nominations out of any series in the Emmy's. Westworld was not far behind with 21 nominations for a single show.
4. Modern Family has Zero Nominations
The most shocking piece of Emmy news is the fact that Modern Family didn't get any nominations this time around since a lot of people expected for the series to get at least a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for its ninth season.
A lot of people see this as a reflection of the changing American landscape. After all, last year the show got nominated but didn't take any awards.
No matter what the case is, it still shocks long-time fans of this ABC comedy. The show won five times in a row and earned around 80 nominations throughout its lifetime on-air.
The series' co-creator Steve Levitan thinks that it's more difficult for Modern Family to maintain its winning streak nowadays. The main problem is the fact that there are a lot of great shows available to watch on different platforms. It's true since shows like Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel offer fierce competition for these nominations.
5. Sandra Oh is the First Asian Actress Nominated for Drama Series Lead
Sandra Oh from BBC America's Killing Eveis nominated for lead actress in a Drama Series. This marks the first time an Asian actress has been nominated for this category.
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