Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards nominations live

Lawrence Kim
July 13, 2018

Dinklage missed out on a nomination past year due to Game of Thrones' late premiere date, which disqualified the series from the 2017 competition.

In a not unexpected development, the streaming giant Netflix led all other content providers with the most Emmy nominations today.

The point here is that, while the Emmy awards may seem like trivial pieces of metal arbitrarily decided by committees that seem paid off by high-end gift baskets, they do serve a real objective in the TV industry as a watermark: They help us compare which networks (or in this case, streaming services) are producing the highest-rated content and which networks need to step their game up if they want to keep pace with the times.

Bruce Miller, executive producer of "The Handmaid's Tale", acknowledged that the show's vision of a theocracy where women are treated as property was hard to watch.

Best known for her role on Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black", Wiley is now starring on Hulu's critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale".

HBO has led the nominations for the last 17 years.

"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. Adrift in third was NBC with 78 nods. Game Of Thrones was the dominant series.

Netflix and FX scored nominations in the Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, respectively.

Nicole Kidman missed out on an Emmy nomination for her performance in Top of the Lake: China Girl.

The return of "Thrones" did tighten the race up on the drama side, but the absence of "Veep" from contention this year didn't seem to do much to help on the comedy side.

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmys will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on September 17.

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