"Game of Thrones" roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday's nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last year's victor "The Handmaid's Tale", while a streaming platform made history by earning the most bids for the first time.
Every year, there are some surprising oversights.
"We congratulate our creative partners on their unprecedented success today, garnering Netflix a leading 112 nominations", said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
While HBO edged Netflix in the series categories, the longform field proved to be a deciding factor as HBO did not have a heavyweight contender this year of the size of last year's big victor Big Little Lies, while Netflix made big inroads in the space with Godless. See a full list of nominees here. Having so many nominations, and so many programs with noms, helps it make that case. Its nods included best drama, the category it won in 2015 and 2016. Hulu nabbed 27 noms, up from 18 in 2017; Prime Video took home 22, up from 16. "It's truly a Marvelous day!"
"The Handmaid's Tale", the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honors last year, drew 20 bids, including one for last year's best actress victor, Elisabeth Moss, and supporting bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes.
Alison Brie was also a notable oversight for her standout work in "GLOW", the Netflix period female-wrestling comedy, as was "Modern Family", although after its glittering streak of Emmy nominations, it's hard to fault anyone for concluding the ABC sitcom's best days are behind it, especially with so many worthy newcomers to accommodate. Other likely comedy nominees include Silicon Valley, black-ish and Will & Grace. What's more important for HBO than its overall tally is that Barry had a great freshman year, Westworld didn't lose any steam with Emmy voters (despite some ratings falloff), its TV movies still got Emmy mentions, and John Oliver remains a force in the talk/variety category.