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Explaining the 2018 Emmy Nominations

With hundreds of nominees across categories as wide-ranging as best TV movie or miniseries and best single-camera picture editing for a dramatic series, the Emmys are impossible to parse in a single conversation. But your Little Gold Men team of Richard Lawson, Katey Rich, and Joanna Robinson have done their best, gathering just hours after the Emmy nominations were announced (read a list of the major nominees here) to discuss the biggest takeaways, from the surprising triumph of Westworld to the sudden, mysterious absence of Modern Family. They also choose some of their favorite nominees—congratulations, Betty Gilpin and Sandra Oh!—and even predict the front-runners in a few major categories (go ahead and start thanking the TV Academy in advance, Laura Dern.)

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Sterling K. Brown, This Is UsPhoto: Courtesy of NBC.LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

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Milo Ventimiglia, This Is UsPhoto: By Ron Batzdorff/NBC.LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

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Matthew Rhys, The AmericansPhoto: Courtesy of FX.LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

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Jason Bateman, OzarkPhoto: By Jackson Davis/Netflix.SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

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Alec Baldwin, SNLPhoto: By Will Heath/NBC.SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

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Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselPhoto: Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

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Henry Winkler, BarryPhoto: By John P. Johnson/HBO.PreviousNext

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Sterling K. Brown, This Is UsCourtesy of NBC.

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Milo Ventimiglia, This Is UsBy Ron Batzdorff/NBC.

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Matthew Rhys, The AmericansCourtesy of FX.

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Jason Bateman, OzarkBy Jackson Davis/Netflix.

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Ed Harris, WestworldCourtesy of HBO.

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Jeffrey Wright, WestworldBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Taleby George Kraychyk/Hulu.

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Claire Foy, The CrownBy Alex Bailey/Netflix.

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Keri Russell, The AmericansBy Patrick Harbron/FX.

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Tatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackCourtesy of BBC America.

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Evan Rachel Wood, WestworldBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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Sandra Oh, Killing EveBy Nick Briggs/© BBC-America.

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David Harbour, Stranger ThingsCourtesy of Netflix.

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Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesBy Helen Sloan/HBO.

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Mandy Patinkin, HomelandCourtesy of Showtime.

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Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid's TaleBy George Kraychyk/Hulu.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of ThronesBy Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO.

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Matt Smith, The CrownBy Robert Viglasky/Netflix.

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Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's TaleBy George Kraychyk/Hulu.

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Thandie Newton, WestworldBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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Vanessa Kirby, The CrownBy Alex Bailey/Netflix.

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Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's TaleBy George Kraychyk/Hulu.

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Lena Headey, Game of Thronescourtesy of HBO.

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Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger ThingsBy Tina Rowden/Netflix.

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Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Taleby George Kraychyk/Hulu.

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Jessica Biel, The SinnerCourtesy of USA Network.

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Laura Dern, The TaleCourtesy of HBO.

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Michelle Dockery, GodlessBy Ursula Coyote/Courtesy of Netflix.

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Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: CultCourtesy of FX.

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Edie Falco, The Menendez MurdersBy Justin Lubin/Courtesy of NBC.

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Regina King, Seven SecondsBy JoJo Whilden/Courtesy of Netflix.

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Darren Criss, Assassination of Gianni VersaceCourtesy of FX.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick MelroseBy Justin Downing/Courtesy of Showtime.

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John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar

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Antonio Banderas, Genius: PicassoCourtesy of National Geographic.

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Jeff Daniels, The Looming TowerBy JoJo Whilden/Courtesy of Hulu.

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Jesse Plemons, USS Callister: Black MirrorCourtesy of Netflix.

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Penelope Cruz, Assassination of Gianni VersaceBy Jeff Daly/Courtesy of FX.

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Adina Porter, American Horror Story: CultCourtesy of FX.

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Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ SuperstarFrom NBC/Getty Images.

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Judith Light, Assassination of Gianni VersaceCourtesy of FX.

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Letitia Wright, Black MirrorCourtesy of Netflix.

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Merritt Wever, GodlessBy James Minchin/Courtesy of Netflix.

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Edgar Ramirez, Assassination of Gianni VersaceCourtesy of FX.

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Jeff Daniels, GodlessBy James Minchin/Courtesy of Netflix.

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Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming TowerBy JoJo Whilden/Courtesy of Hulu.

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Ricky Martin, Assassination of Gianni VersaceCourtesy of FX.

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Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ SuperstarBy Peter Kramer/NBC/Getty Images.

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John Leguizamo, WacoFrom ©Paramount Network/Everett Collection.

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Finn Wittrock, VersaceBy Ray Micshaw/FX.

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Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselCourtesy of Amazon Prime Video.

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ishBy Kelsey McNeal/ABC.

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Lily Tomlin, Grace and FrankieBy Melissa Moseley/Netflix.

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Pamela Adlon, Better Things

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Allison Janney, MomBy Jessica Brooks/CBS.

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Issa Rae, InsecureBy Justina Mintz/Courtesy of HBO.

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Anthony Anderson, Black-ishBy Eric McCandless/ABC.

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William H. Macy, ShamelessBy Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME.

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Donald Glover, AtlantaBy Quantrell D. Colbert/FX.

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Larry David, Curb Your EnthusiasmBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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Bill Hader, BarryBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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Kate McKinnon, SNLBy Will Heath/NBC.

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Megan Mullally, Will and GraceBy Chris Haston/NBC.

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Aidy Bryant, SNLFrom NBC/Getty Images.

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Laurie Metcalf, RoseanneBy Adam Rose/ABC/Getty Images.

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Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselCourtesy of Amazon Prime Video.

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Leslie Jones, SNLBy Rosalind OConnor/NBC.

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Betty Gilpin, GLOWBy Erica Parise/Netflix.

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Zazie Beetz, AtlantaBy Curtis Baker/FX.

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Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtBy Eric Liebowitz/Netflix.

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Kenan Thompson, SNLFrom NBC/Getty Images.

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Louie Anderson, BasketsBy Colleen Hayes/FX.

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Brian Tyree Henry, AtlantaBy Curtis Baker/FX.

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Alec Baldwin, SNLBy Will Heath/NBC.

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Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselCourtesy of Amazon Prime Video.

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Henry Winkler, BarryBy John P. Johnson/HBO.

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