2018 Emmy Awards: The night’s biggest upsets

70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Samantha Bee, Taraji P. Henson, Peter Dinklage, "Supporting Actor - Drama Series for Game of Thrones" during the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17th, 2018 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Samantha Bee, Taraji P. Henson, Peter Dinklage, "Supporting Actor - Drama Series for Game of Thrones" during the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17th, 2018 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC) /
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Prior to the 70th Primetime Emmy Award’s ceremony, speculation swirled about who would win and who should win the coveted award. Every critic, blogger, and fan had their favorites.

Some predictions regarding the 2018 Emmy Awards were no-brainers. The buzz surrounding The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Outstanding Comedy Series) — along with scooping up Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards — virtually guaranteed the series would clean up at the Emmy’s. Also an undisputed frontrunner was the show’s star, Rachel Brosnahan (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), who plays a 1950’s housewife turned comedienne.

Other perennial favorites such as Saturday Night Live (Outstanding Variety Sketch Comedy Series), Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Outstanding Variety Talk Series) and Game of Thrones (Outstanding Dramatic Series) all added to their caches. Still, there were enough surprises to keep the evening interesting.

While many thought Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) was a lock to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, dark horse Matthew Rhys (The Americans) took home the trophy. The Americans has been consistently overlooked come awards season, so it was quite a coup for the actor to finally earn recognition for his work on the series’ final season.

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series was really considered a toss-up between Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). It was hard not to root for Oh who made Emmy history by becoming the first Asian woman to be nominated in the category, but Claire Foy (The Crown) came out on top for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II.

Nobody seemed more shocked by the outcome of the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series outcome than Alex Bornstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) whose initial reaction appeared to exclaim “f##k” (a word even a novice lip reader can decipher). Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) won this category in both 2016 and 2017.

Chatter about Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie centered around Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Michelle Dockery (Godless) and Laura Dern (The Tale). Biel because she really stepped out of her comfort zone, Dockery because she’s British and a fantastic actress (still fondly remembered for Downton Abbey), and Dern because she delivered another stirring performance after winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Big Little Lies in 2017. It was Regina King who took the Emmy.

Perhaps the biggest upset was the lack of recognition for FX’s Atlanta. Bill Hader (Barry) beat out Donald Glover for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Amy-Sherman Palladino bested Glover in the categories of comedy writing and directing.

70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS — Pictured: Amy Sherman-Palladino “Directing – Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS — Pictured: Amy Sherman-Palladino “Directing – Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC) /

While it isn’t that shocking that Game of Thrones came in hot after a year off, it wasn’t considered the frontrunner. Fans of The Americans were hopeful the show’s final season would result in a trophy, and many critics believed the spy drama to be the best of the bunch. But the odds-on favorite was The Handmaid’s Tale.

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