‘American Gods’ could earn 34 potential Emmy nominations for Odin, Thor and more mythic contenders

American Gods” returned this past spring for its second season after a two year absence and some turnover in front of and behind the camera (including the exit of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green). Now it’s back in the Emmy race with the potential to receive up to 34 nominations. Scroll down to see what the Starz show submitted for consideration on this year’s ballot.

“Gods” is based on a novel by the ever popular Neil Gaiman (who also wrote Amazon’s limited series contender “Good Omens” based on his own book). This Starz series follows Shadow Moon (Best Drama Actor hopeful Ricky Whittle), an ex-con recruited by Mr. Wednesday, aka Odin (fellow Best Drama Actor contender Ian McShane) in a war between ancient deities and modern gods like technology and media. The visually striking series earned two Emmy nominations in 2017 for its main title design and visual effects, and this year it could add to that total.

There are a total of 11 actors in the running for prizes. In addition to leading men McShane and Whittle, the series has entered four supporting actors (Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Bruce Langley and Pablo Schreiber), two supporting actresses (Yetide Badaki and Emily Browning), one guest actor (Derek Theler) and two guest actresses (Laura Bell Bundy and Devery Jacobs).

Theler is up for his performance as the title character in the episode “Donar the Great” (you might know him better as Thor, the son of Odin). Through flashbacks, the episode tells the story of how Wednesday’s relationship with his son ended in tragedy, and it’s the single most represented episode for the series. It’s submitted for 10 awards: for actors Theler and Bell Bundy as well as writing, directing, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, picture editing, production design and sound mixing.

So will Emmy voters bow down before the “Gods” this year? Check out the show’s potential nominations below.

Best Drama Series

Best Drama Actor
Ian McShane
Ricky Whittle

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Crispin Glover
Orlando Jones
Bruce Langley
Pablo Schreiber

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Yetide Badaki
Emily Browning

Best Drama Guest Actor
Derek Theler (“Donar the Great”)

Best Drama Guest Actress
Laura Bell Bundy (“Donar the Great”)
Devery Jacobs (“Muninn”)

Best Directing (Drama)
“Donar the Great”
“Moon Shadow”
“Treasure of the Sun”

Best Writing (Drama)
“Donar the Great”
“Moon Shadow”
“Treasure of the Sun”
“The Ways of the Dead”

Best Casting (Drama)

Best Cinematography (Single-Camera Series, One Hour)
“Donar the Great”
“Moon Shadow”
“Treasure of the Sun”

Best Costumes (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
“Treasure of the Sun”

Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera Series)
“Donar the Great”

Best Makeup (Single-Camera Series, Non-Prosthetic)
“Donar the Great”

Best Music Composition (Series)
“Moon Shadow”

Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama Series)
“Donar the Great”
“House on the Rock”
“The Ways of the Dead”

Best Production Design (Narrative Period/Fantasy, One Hour or More)
“Donar the Great”

Best Sound Editing (One-Hour Series)
“The Beguiling Man”

Best Sound Mixing (One-Hour Series)
“Donar the Great”

Best Visual Effects
“House on the Rock”

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