HBO Shines at 2018 Emmy Awards

The cast of “Game of Thrones,” at the 2018 Emmy Awards

It’s been another year of well-deserved recognition for HBO, and the men and women behind its brilliant programming. Overall, HBO was nominated for 108 Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and it tied with its competitor, the streaming service Netflix, bringing home a total of 23 awards. The Emmy Awards have a long history of annually recognizing the most noteworthy contributions to television, and given the range and quality of HBO’s most recent content, it is no surprise that a lot of the live awards ceremony on Monday night was spent celebrating the television network that has brought us the likes of Game of Thrones and Westworld. 

Indeed, HBO received nine Emmy’s for it’s hit series, Game of Thrones’ seventh season, most notably taking home Outstanding Drama Series. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, also received Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This is his fourth Emmy. His co-star, and on-screen brother, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was also nominated for the same award, while his on-screen sister, actress Lena Headey, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress, narrowly losing to Westworld’s Thandie Newton.

649023940Game of Thrones was also awarded Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes,Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score); Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More); Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour); Outstanding Special Visual Effects; and Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie.

Thrones has had more success at the Emmy’s in the past, but with the show’s final season airing next year, it’s likely that it will absolutely dominate the 2019 Emmy’s.

HBO’s other big series, the sci-fi/Western Westworld brought home four Emmy’s. Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay) received a well-deserved award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama Series. The show’s technical prowess was also recognized with several awards: Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series; and Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic).

18-thandie-newton.w330.h330Westworld’s second season aired earlier this spring. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama, but lost to Game of Thrones. Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) also was nominated for Lead Actress in A Drama Series, but lost to The Crown’s Claire Foy. Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe) and Ed Harris (William/ The Man in Black) similarly were nominated but did not receive awards for Lead Actor. Jimmi Simpson (William) was also nominated for, but lost, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

HBO’s dark comedy, Barry, brought home three Emmy’s: Bill Hader won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as the titular character. Henry Winkler (Gene Cousineau) received Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The show was also awarded Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation. Bill Hader was nominated for Directing for A Comedy Series for Barry, but lost to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Amy Sherman-Palladino. The show similarly was nominated for but did not receive awards for  comedy writing.

Last Week with John Oliver received four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Variety Talk Series; Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series; Outstanding Interactive Program; and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.

HBO also received Emmy’s for “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special” in the Outstanding Children’s Program category; “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation; and “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

Overall, it’s been a good year for HBO, and it’s nice to see that critics appreciate the content that the network is putting out, as much as more casual audiences seem to do. Here’s to many more years of quality content, and well-deserved awards!

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