When we asked our readers to predict which TV show will receive the most nominations at the 2018 Emmys, the poll results weren’t even close. “Game of Thrones,” which is already the most rewarded series in primetime television history, will once again rule the Emmy noms, say 59% of readers. The first six seasons of HBO’s fantasy epic took home 38 Emmys, including Best Drama Series twice (2015-16), from a whopping 106 nominations. Rounding out the results of our poll, “Westworld” comes in second place with 11%, followed by “Stranger Things” at 10%, “The Handmaid’s Tale” at 8%, “This Is Us” at 7% and “The Crown” at 1%.
Last summer’s seventh season of “Game of Thrones” is eligible at the upcoming Emmys after taking a year off, so get ready to see familiar faces like Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington back in the awards spotlight. Those five cast members were all nominated the last time they were eligible in 2016, but there are a couple of changes to watch out for this time around. Namely, Clarke and Harington have decided to try their luck in the lead races for Season 7 after previously being nominated as supporting players.
Might HBO’s strategy help some of the other cast members receive their first Emmy nominations? With Clarke vacating Best Drama Supporting Actress, her open slot could very well go to Sophie Turner. And with Harington moving out of Best Drama Supporting Actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau could hear his name called for the first time. Another likely acting bid for “Game of Thrones” could be Diana Rigg, who’s already a three-time nominee for Best Drama Guest Actress (2013-15).
Other than the acting races, expect “Game of Thrones” to receive nominations across the board in categories like writing, directing, casting, cinematography, costumes, editing, hairstyling, makeup, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, stunts and visual effects. Music composition is the only Emmy category the show has trouble cracking into, but composer Ramin Djawadi‘s recent nationwide concert could help get him back on Emmy’s radar for “Game of Thrones.” (He was nominated last year for “Westworld.”)
When the 2017 Emmy nominations were unveiled, the absence of “Game of Thrones” was great news for HBO’s rival genre series “Westworld,” which scored a leading 22 bids. Its closest competitor was Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which came in at 18 total noms. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) and “The Crown” (Netflix) each nabbed 13, followed by NBC’s “This Is Us,” which ended up with 10. However, none of those numbers match the previous nominations tallies of “Game of Thrones,” which earned 24 bids in 2015 and 23 noms in 2016.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.