2018 Gold Derby TV Awards nominations: ‘This is Us,’ ‘Gianni Versace’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ lead the way

For the second year in a row the NBC family drama “This is Us” is the top nominee at the Gold Derby TV Awards with nine bids. It’s followed closely by two programs tied with eight noms apiece: fellow drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Meanwhile, “Atlanta” and “The Good Place” are tied as the top comedy contenders with seven nominations each. Scroll down to see the full list of contenders for these 15th annual awards.

Over 1,000 Gold Derby users voted for their television favorites over the last month. Our editors announced this year’s nominees live on Thursday, July 26. Watch the complete video of the announcement above. Scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions on how you can vote for winners in all 30 categories throughout the next few weeks.

The nine nominations for “This is Us” are the same number the show received last year, but with a few differences. The show is back in the races for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (defending champ Sterling K. Brown), Best Drama Guest Actor (defending champ Gerald McRaney) Best Drama Episode (this year for “Super Bowl Sunday”) and Ensemble of the Year, where it competed last year.

But it also picked up first-time lead-acting noms for Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, a first-time supporting nom for Justin Hartley, and Ron Cephas Jones moved from the supporting race to the guest race this year. Alas, there’s one notable absence: Chrissy Metz missed the cut for Best Drama Supporting Actress after earning a nom last year.

But while “This is Us” hold steady, “The Handmaid’s Tale” more than doubled its nominations, up from three last year to eight this year. It’s back in the race for Best Drama Series. And Elisabeth Moss hopes to defend her title after winning Best Drama Actress last year. Meanwhile, Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahovski earned their first nominations for their supporting performances while Samira Wiley and Marisa Tomei are contenders as guests.

Rounding out the Best Drama Series race are “The Americans” (five nominations) “The Crown” (five nominations), “Game of Thrones” (seven nominations) “Killing Eve” (three nominations) and “Stranger Things” (five nominations). Two of those are actually defending champs: “Thrones” won in 2015 and 2016, but then “Stranger Things” prevailed in 2017 when “Thrones” was on hiatus.

“Gianni Versace” swept the longform categories with eight noms including bids for Best Limited Series, Ensemble of the Year, and for six performances: Darren Criss for his starring role, and Judith Light, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Cody Fern and Finn Wittrock for their supporting turns. The true crime drama is joined in the Limited Series race by “American Horror Story: Cult” (three nominations), “American Vandal” (two nominations), “Godless” (four nominations) and “Twin Peaks” (four nominations).

Like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” sophomore comedy “Atlanta” is also up significantly this year, improving from four nominations to seven. It’s back in the running for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (defending champ Donald Glover) and Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Brian Tyree Henry). But this time Lakeith Stanfield joins Henry in the supporting category, and the show has two nominations for Best Comedy Episode instead of just one (“Barbershop” and “Teddy Perkins”).

Besides “Atlanta” the only other returning nominee in the Comedy Series lineup from last year is “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (three nominations). They’re joined by three first-year shows: “Barry” (four nominations), “GLOW” (five nominations) and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (five nominations).

The aforementioned “Good Place” is a second-year show, which has exploded to seven nominations up from just one last year. And there’s one revival in the mix too: “Will and Grace” (six nominations). But none of this year’s Comedy Series nominees has ever won before, so we’re guaranteed a new winner.

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PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:
Darren Criss
Laura Dern
Claire Foy
Donald Glover
Bill Hader
Elisabeth Moss

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR:
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” — Joanna P. Adler, Annaleigh Ashford, Jon Jon Briones, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Mike Farrell, Jay R. Ferguson, Cody Fern, Max Greenfield, Judith Light, Ricky Martin, Dascha Polanco, Edgar Ramirez, Finn Wittrock

“Game of Thrones” — Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbaek, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, John Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Richard Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Kristofer Hivju, Tom Hopper, Anton Lesser, Rory McCann, Staz Nair, Richard Rycroft, Sophie Turner, Rupert Vansittart, Maisie Williams

“GLOW” — Britt Baron, Alison Brie, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Rebekka Johnson, Chris Lowell, Sunita Mani, Marc Maron, Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel, Marianna Palka, Gayle Rankin, Bashir Salahuddin, Rich Sommer, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Ellen Wong, Britney Young

“The Good Place” — Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, Jameela Jamil, Jason Mantzoukas, Maribeth Monroe, Tiya Sircar

“The Handmaid’s Tale” — Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Sydney Sweeney

“This Is Us” — Eris Baker, Parker Bates, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Alexandra Breckenridge, Lonnie Chavis, Niles Fitch, Faithe Herman, Jon Huertas, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Lyric Ross, Chris Sullivan, Logan Shroyer, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Kelechi Watson, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:
Iain Armitage
Cameron Britton
Cody Fern
Betty Gilpin
Tiffany Haddish
Noah Schnapp

DRAMA SERIES:
“The Americans”
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Killing Eve”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

DRAMA ACTRESS:
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”

DRAMA ACTOR:
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Jonathan Groff, “Mindhunter”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Noah Emmerich, “The Americans”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Justin Hartley, “This Is Us”
Noah Schnapp, “Stranger Things”
Matt Smith, “The Crown”

DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS:
Viola Davis, “Scandal”
Rinko Kikuchi, “Westworld”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Marisa Tomei, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

DRAMA GUEST ACTOR:
Cameron Britton, “Mindhunter”
Matthew Goode, “The Crown”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
Gerald McRaney, “This Is Us”
Peter Mullan, “Westworld”
Jimmi Simpson, “Westworld”

DRAMA EPISODE:
“The Americans” – “Start”
Written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Directed by Chris Long

“Game of Thrones” – “Beyond the Wall”
Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Directed by Alan Taylor

“Game of Thrones” – “The Spoils of War”
Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Directed by Matt Shakman

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – “June”
Written by Bruce Miller
Directed by Mike Barker

“Stranger Things” – “Chapter 9: The Gate”
Written and directed by the Duffer Brothers

“This Is Us” – “Super Bowl Sunday”
Written by Dan Fogelman
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

COMEDY SERIES:
“Atlanta”
“Barry”
“GLOW”
“The Good Place”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Will and Grace”

COMEDY ACTRESS:
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”

COMEDY ACTOR:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
Megan Mullally, “Will and Grace”

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Sean Hayes, “Will and Grace”
Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”
Lakeith Stanfield, “Atlanta”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS:
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Tiffany Haddish, “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Lynch, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Saoirse Ronan, “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”
Molly Shannon, “Will and Grace”

COMEDY GUEST ACTOR:
Sterling K. Brown, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Donald Glover, “Saturday Night Live”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Katt Williams, “Atlanta”

COMEDY EPISODE:
“Atlanta” – “Barbershop”
Written by Stefani Robinson
Directed by Donald Glover

“Atlanta” – “Teddy Perkins”
Written by Donald Glover
Directed by Hiro Murai

“Barry” – “Chapter Eight: Know the Truth”
Written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Directed by Alec Berg

“The Good Place” – “Dance Dance Resolution”
Written by Megan Amram
Directed by Drew Goddard

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – “Pilot”
Written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

“Will and Grace” – “Rosario’s Quincinara”
Written by Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally
Directed by James Burrows

LIMITED SERIES:
“American Horror Story: Cult”
“American Vandal”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
“Godless”
“Twin Peaks”

TV MOVIE:
“Fahrenheit 451”
“Flint”
“Paterno”
“The Tale”
“USS Callister: Black Mirror”

MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES ACTRESS:
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Laura Dern, “The Tale”
Michelle Dockery, “Godless”
Cristin Milioti, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”

MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES ACTOR:
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Evan Peters, “American Horror Story: Cult”
Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”
Jimmy Tatro, “American Vandal”

MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Penelope Cruz, ““The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Laura Dern, “Twin Peaks”
Nicole Kidman, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”
Judith Light, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Naomi Watts, “Twin Peaks”
Merritt Wever, “Godless”

MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Cody Fern, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Jimmi Simpson, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”
Finn Wittrock, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:
“At Home with Amy Sedaris”
“Drunk History”
“Nathan for You”
“Portlandia”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

VARIETY TALK SERIES:
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”
“Late Night with Seth Meyers”
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM:
“America’s Got Talent”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor”
“The Voice”

REALITY HOST:
RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Ellen DeGeneres, “Ellen’s Game of Games”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”

ANIMATED PROGRAM:
“Archer”
“Big Mouth”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Bojack Horseman”
“Rick and Morty”
“The Simpsons”

9 Nominations
“This is Us”

8 Nominations
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”

7 Nominations
“Atlanta”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Place”
“Saturday Night Live”

6 Nominations
“Will and Grace”

5 Nominations
“The Americans”
“The Crown”
“GLOW”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

4 Nominations
“Barry”
“Godless”
“Twin Peaks”
“USS Callister: Black Mirror”

3 Nominations
“American Horror Story: Cult”
“Killing Eve”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

2 Nominations
“American Vandal”
“Black-ish”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Mindhunter”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor”
“The Tale”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

1 Nomination
“America’s Got Talent”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Archer”
“At Home with Amy Sedaris”
“Better Things”
“Big Mouth”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Bojack Horseman”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Drunk History”
“Ellen’s Game of Games”
“Fahrenheit 451”
“Flint”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“The Good Doctor”
“Hollywood Game Night”
“How to Get Away with Murder”
“Insecure”
“Jesus Christ Superstar”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”
“Late Night with Seth Meyers”
“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“Nathan for You”
“Paterno”
“Patrick Melrose”
“Portlandia”
“Queer Eye”
“Rick and Morty”
“Roseanne”
“Scandal”
“The Simpsons”
“The Sinner”
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”
“The Voice”

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3) Select a category, add your favorite candidate from the left column to the right column, and save your top choice. This is a plurality vote, so just pick one nominee as your favorite. The nominee with the most votes wins.

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