And the Emmy for Most Egregious Omission from the List of 2018 Emmy nominees goes to...
And the Emmy for Most Egregious Omission from the List of 2018 Emmy nominees goes to...

Nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in the field of making engaging streaming content for laptop computers and phones the art of television, were announced this morning. Lots of worthy and talented people and shows were recognized. I'm not saying you should care. I'm not saying I care. I am, however, just saying:

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The idea of not nominating Lakeith Stanfield—whose portrayal of Darius on season two of Atlanta is plainly the most original, creative, nuanced, surreal, complex, and daring acting work since TV became good—as Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (alongside his equally but differently worthy co-star Brian Tyree Henry) is just like... What do the 23,000 voting members of the Television Academy think "outstanding" even means?

All of which is to say that if you haven't seen season two of Atlanta, you haven't seen the most formally and socially disruptive talents TV has to offer. (You can also see Stanfield shine in Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, which opens this weekend, and which ace Stranger film critic Kathy Fennesy called "miraculous.")

The Academy agreed about the show, nominating it in 16 categories, including all the major ones—the most for a comedy series, though whether it even is still a comedy after the grim, ingenious inventions of "Robbin' Season," or whether series creator and frequent writer and director Donald Glover is even still the lead actor... well, let's just hope it sweeps.

Side note: Those 16 nominations made Atlanta only the fifth most-nominated show this year, behind Game of Thrones (22), Saturday Night Live (21), Westworld (21), and The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (18), which is another way of thinking about just how much TV there is to watch and never watch. And we'll be right back with more after these messages.

The full list of nominees, including all the categories like "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special," as well as four or five categories apiece for different kinds of costumery and make-up ("Non-Prosthetic" is a qualifier in a couple of them), and sound design, etc.—runs to 85 breathtaking pages.

A few noteworthy facts about these less publicized categories: Carrie Brownstein is nominated for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series (the "Riot Spray" episode of Portlandia). Jonathan Coulton is up for Best Original Music and Lyrics for a song called "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," which was on the show The Good Fight (no, not Wife, Place, or Times); he's up against Steve Martin and Martin Short in the category. And the funniest person on Twitter, Megan Amram, succeeded in nabbing two nominations for her "Short Form Series," An Emmy for Megan.

Plus Anthony Bourdain, Wild Wild Country, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, et al.

(Again, I'm not saying I care care, but I am a human being after all, and I would applaud victories for Atlanta, The Americans, Donald Glover, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Sandra Oh, RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Patrick Melrose, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mandy Patinkin, Zazie Beetz, Laurie Metcalf, Brian Tyree Henry, Katt Williams, Hiro Murai, Steve Martin & Martin Short, The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling, American Masters, Blue Planet II, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mark Frost, and/or David Lynch.)


A PARTIAL (WHICH IS TO SAY "CURATED") LIST OF 2018 EMMY NOMINATIONS

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Blackish (ABC)
GLOW (Netflix)
Atlanta (FX)
Barry (HBO)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
The Americans (FX)
This Is Us (NBC)
The Crown (Netflix)
Westworld (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish (ABC)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)
Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC)
Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (HBO)
Ed Harris, Westworld (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld (HBO)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower (Hulu)
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Laura Dern, The Tale (HBO)
Michelle Dockery, Godless (Netflix)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Jessica Biel, The Sinner (USA)
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)
Regina King, Seven Seconds (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
The Voice (NBC)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Portlandia (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
The Alienist (TNT)
Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Matt Smith, The Crown (Netflix)


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Megan Mullally, Will and Grace (NBC)
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne (ABC)
Betty Gilpin, GLOW (Netflix)
Zazie Beetz, Atlanta (FX)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX)
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta (FX)
Henry Winkler, Barry (Netflix)
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Merritt Wever, Godless (Netflix)
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror: Black Museum (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Jeff Daniels, Godless (Netflix)
Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
John Leguizamo, Waco (Paramount Networks)
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
The Tale (HBO)
USS Callister: Black Mirror (Netflix)
Paterno (HBO)
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Flint (Lifetime)

OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America (CNN)