Netflix continued its ascension to the top of the television industry Thursday as the 70th Emmy Awards nominations were announced. The streaming service ended up with 112 nominations, edging out HBO’s tally of 108 and breaking the premium cable network’s 17-year streak of being the most-nominated network.
Hulu increased its nomination tally from 18 in 2017 to 27 this year, in large part thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 20 nominations (seven more than in 2017). And Amazon, which was largely an afterthought last year (and whose shut-out at the prime-time ceremony helped lead to a complete executive overhaul and change in vision for the streaming service), also saw a nomination jump, from 16 to 22.HBO’s fantasy juggernaut Game Of Thrones led the pack with 22 nominations after the series was ineligible to compete in 2017 due to a delayed premiere date. Saturday Night Live and Westworld trailed not too far behind, netting 21 nods each.
CNN’s critically acclaimed travel series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been nominated for six Emmy Awards this year, one month after the legendary chef and host took his own life at the age of 61.
Among Thursday’s slew of Emmy nominations in 122 different categories, the Television Academy announced its five nominees for the 2018 Emmy Award for outstanding commercial. Social causes are often central themes in the shortlisted ads, and this year is no exception, though this year’s lineup features a few different spins on issue-based marketing.