Recent news that HBO owner AT&T is attempting to make the premium cable network more like Netflix was widely met with dismay, but the 2018 Emmy Award nominations might just show why the telecom giant's executives are cranking up the pressure. For the first time in 18 years, HBO failed to lead the nominations, earning just 108 total across all categories — nothing to sneeze at, but outpaced by Netflix's stunning 112.
It is a meteoric rise for Netflix, which boasts fan-favorites like Stranger Things, GLOW, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Last year by comparison, Netflix had 91 total nominations to HBO's 111. Still, HBO's Game of Thrones and Westworld dominated the awards with 22 nods and 21 nods, respectively. Saturday Night Live also got 21 nods across all categories. Atlanta led the comedy category with 16 nominations.
The best drama series nominees include Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, The Americans, This Is Us, and Westworld. In comedy, the category includes Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Silicon Valley, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.