Netflix Overtakes HBO With Most Emmy Nominations

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While the show didn't retain its former awards nomination glory this year, streaming giant Netflix, which distributes "Orange Is the New Black", earned the most nominations of any channel or platform with 112, narrowly beating HBO's 108. It has been outspending all rivals on original programming - Netflix's annual budget growing every year to $8 billion in 2018 - and on Emmy campaign with an elaborate FYC space the last two years.

"Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh made history of her own, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for lead acting honors in a drama series. Other likely drama nominees include Stranger Things, The Crown and This Is Us. It's a steep fall-off from there, although 13 networks or services garnered 10 or more nominations, reflecting the breadth of competition that now characterizes the Emmy race in the age of "peak TV". Having so many nominations, and so many programs with noms, helps it make that case. "We look forward to Sept 17th".

HBO's fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama victor that sat out the last year's awards because of its production schedule.

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Additionally, Netflix also made gains in the reality space with the Queer Eye revival, which landed multiple noms, including best Structured Reality TV series 14 years after winning a Best Reality Show Emmy.

As expected David Harbour's Sheriff Jim Hopper on Stranger Things received a nomination this year for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. "It's truly a Marvelous day!"

On the down side, the balloting felt unduly generous to a disjointed second season of HBO's "Westworld", which ranked behind only "Game of Thrones" - back in the race after a year hiatus - in terms of total nominations, tied with "Saturday Night Live", and followed by "The Handmaid's Tale".

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While CBS also increased its Emmy nomination tally from 2017, ABC and Fox were down year-to-year. Additional HBO projects that scored big were "Barry" with 13 noms, including comedy series; "Silicon Valley" with seven, including comedy series, and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with four, including comedy series.

HBO's Westworld fared well in both the categories for Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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