Emmy nominations 2018: all the incredible female nominees

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The 2018 Emmy nominations have been unveiled – and it’s proven to be an incredible year for women in TV.

It’s the biggie in TV land: the Emmy Awards nominations have been announced, and several of our favourite shows, featuring incredible female stars and thoughtfully approached feminist issues, have rightfully received nods.

Game Of Thrones – which has been praised for its strong female characters in Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth and countless others – has the most nominations (22) in all categories. It has been closely followed by Saturday Night Live (21) and Westworld (21).

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s incredible adaption of Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel (currently being shown on Channel 4 in the UK) has been tipped for the Best Drama gong – and Elisabeth Moss has, once again, seen her talents recognised with a Best Actress nomination. Yvonne Stravhovski, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd, who play Serena Joy, Emily/Ofglen and Aunt Lydia respectively, will battle it out for Best Supporting Actress.

The brilliant (and female-focused) GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are all up for Best Comedy. And, elsewhere, Jessica Biel, Laura Dern, Michelle Dockery, Edie Falco, Regina King and Sarah Paulson have been nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie.

Millie Bobby Brown has, once again, been honoured for her standout role in Stranger Things – and The Crown’s Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby have had their royally good performances in The Crown recognised, too.

Here are all the amazing female Emmy nominees (this list will be updated as more names are announced):

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Laura Dern, The Tale

Michelle Dockery, Godless

Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Keri Russell, The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Allison Janney, Mom

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Vanessa Kirby, The Crown

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta

Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Betty Gilpin, Glow

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Megan Mullally, Saturday Night Live

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Viola Davis, Scandal

Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid’s Tale

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Wanda Sykes, black-ish

Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live

Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Molly Shannon, Will & Grace

The 70th annual Primetime Emmys are set to air on NBC for the first time since 2014 on Sunday 17 September, from the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. 

Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che are set to host

Image: Getty


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.