With a leading six noms, “Feud: Bette and Joan” earns bragging rights as the most-nominated show at the 8th Critics’ Choice TV Awards. Nominations were announced on Wednesday, December 6 by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, with the winners set to be revealed Thursday, January 11, 2018 on the CW network. In all FX comes away with 13 total nominations, including six for “Feud” and five for “Fargo.” See full list of Critics’ Choice TV Awards 2018 nominations.
Netflix, though, is the network leader with 20 overall nominations, thanks in part to the four bids for new comedy “GLOW.” Not to be outdone, “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” all come away with two apiece, as does breakout limited series “American Vandal.” And rough and tumble western “Godless” surprises with three citations.
HBO is next in line with 15 cumulative noms, with recent Emmy champ “Big Little Lies” racking up five bids. Reliable favorite “Game of Thrones” scores three nominations, matching the number set by “The Wizard of Lies.” And “Silicon Valley” adds two more to its overall tally, despite being snubbed for Best Comedy Series.
In the race for Best Drama Series, last year’s champion “Game of Thrones” faces off against “American Gods” (Starz), “The Crown” (Netflix), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), “Stranger Things” (Netflix) and “This Is Us” (NBC).
This year’s six nominees for Best Comedy Series are “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Black-ish” (ABC), “GLOW” (Netflix), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Modern Family” (ABC) and “Patriot” (Amazon).
As for acting, only one of last year’s lead winners is back to defend their title: Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”) as Best Drama Actor. “Westworld” didn’t air in 2017, which explains Evan Rachel Wood‘s absence from Best Drama Actress. Also gone is Best Comedy Actor champ Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) because his show is still on hiatus. And Best Comedy Actress champ Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is simply MIA, with “SNL” being snubbed across the board.
Similarly, there will be no back-to-back winners in the supporting races as all four of last year’s winners are gone: Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) in comedy, and John Lithgow (“The Crown”) and Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) in drama. It’s a shame Mandy Patinkin didn’t earn a bid to make up for last year, when his nomination had to be rescinded as no episodes of “Homeland” had aired during that eligibility period.
What about fan favorite “Outlander”? While series star Caitriona Balfe secured a nomination as Best Drama Actress, her on-screen partner Sam Heughan was skunked. There also appears to be no Most Bingeworthy Show category this year, which “Outlander” won the past two years.
Recent Emmy winners “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) and “Veep” (HBO) had mixed results in this year’s Critics’ Choice nominations. “Handmaid’s” scored an impressive three bids — Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd) — but “Veep” was completely shut out by the critics.
Beginning this year, there are no more categories for dramatic or comedic guest performances. This is also the first year in Critics’ Choice history that the categories for Best Limited Series and Best TV Movie are separated, no doubt a response to the increased production of such programs. What do you think of the 2018 Critics’ Choice TV Awards nominations? Sound off down in the comments section.
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