Announced on September 17, 2018, the 70th Annual Emmy Award winners represent the top talent in primetime television. These men and women have dedicated themselves to their careers, transforming themselves to fit each role they are given. Their work on the year’s best television series has paid off, earning them the coveted Primetime Emmy Awards.
Emmy Winners and Nominees By Category
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Winner: Claire Foy, The Crown
Known for her memorable performance as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s award-winning television series The Crown, Claire Foy has won a Golden Globe and SAG Award in addition to her Emmy win for the role. She also had roles on Wolf Hall, The Promise, and Crossbones. Foy appeared on the big screen this year in Unseen and will star in First Man and The Girl in The Spider’s Web.
- Keri Russell, The Americans
- Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
- Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
- Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Winner: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
After picking up nominations for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy in 2016 and 2017, Matthew Rhys won his first Emmy for his role in The Americans this year (and the series’ final season). In addition to his work on The Americans, Rhys had a guest role on the comedy series Girls, for which he earned an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2017.
- Jason Bateman, Ozark
- Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
- Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
- Ed Harris, Westworld
- Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner: Thandie Newton, Westworld
Also known for her big screen roles in Mission: Impossible 2, Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness, and 2012, Thandie Newton won her first Emmy Award for her supporting role in the acclaimed television series Westworld. The role additionally earned her a Critic’s Choice Award, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and SAG Award. Newton has most recently been seen in theaters as Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
- Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
- Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
- Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage won his third Emmy Award this year for his work on Game of Thrones (for which he has received seven consecutive Emmy nominations and won a Golden Globe Award). While Game of Thrones is his most notable project, he has appeared in Find Me Guilty, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Avengers: Infinity War.
- Matt Smith, The Crown
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
- Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
- Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
- David Harbour, Stranger Things
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Winner: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best known for his starring role in the teen musical TV series Glee, Darren Criss is a singer as well as an actor. After releasing a solo EP in 2017 called Homework, Criss portrayed a serial killer in true crime series American Crime Story (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), winning the Emmy for his performance.
- Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
- John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
- Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
- Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
- Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Winner: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Regina King has starred in well-received television series such as American Crime, Southland, and The Leftovers, before her role in the Netflix series Seven Seconds. In total she has been nominated for four Emmy Awards (three for American Crime and one for Seven Seconds) and won three of those nominations. She has also starred in the films Friday, Poetic Justice, and Legally Blonde 2.
- Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult
- Michelle Dockery, Godless
- Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime
- Jessica Biel, The Sinner
- Laura Dern, The Tale
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Winner: Jeff Daniels, Godless
Well known for the comedy Dumb and Dumber, Jeff Daniels is an accomplished actor both on screen and on the stage, where he has received Tony Award nominations for his roles in God of Carnage and Blackbird. In addition to this year’s Emmy win for his work on Godless, Daniels has received another Primetime Emmy win for The Newsroom.
- Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
- Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
- John Leguizamo, Waco
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Winner: Merritt Wever, Godless
Best known for her role on the dark comedy television series Nurse Jackie (for which she won her first Emmy Award), Merritt Wever’s performance in Netflix’s limited series Godless has received critical and popular acclaim. She also has had recurring roles on series such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, New Girl, and The Walking Dead.
- Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
- Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
- Letitia Wright, Black Mirror
- Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner: Bill Hader, Barry
Bill Hader is a comedic actor who got his start on Saturday Night Live, where he appeared from 2005 to 2013. He is also well known for South Park. Hader created the HBO series Barry in 2018, and, in addition to his Emmy win for acting, he received Emmy nominations for his directing and writing in the series as well.
- Donald Glover, Atlanta
- Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
- Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Ted Danson, The Good Place
- William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Starring in Amazon’s comedy hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan was awarded both the Primetime Emmy Award and the Golden Globe for her performance in the show’s first season. With her relatively young career (her first movie role was in 2009), Brosnahan has had recurring roles in a number of television series, including House of Cards and The Blacklist.
- Pamela Adlon, Better Things
- Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
- Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
- Issa Rae, Insecure
- Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Another star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Alex Borstein is known for her voice work and writing on the long-running comedy series Family Guy. She has had several other comedic roles, including supporting spots in films like Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Dinner for Schmucks. Borstein writes for the Showtime series Shameless, and starred in HBO series Getting On.
- Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
- Betty Gilpin, GLOW
- Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
- Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
- Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Megan Mullally, Will & Grace
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner: Henry Winkler, Barry
No stranger to the award world, Henry Winkler received two Golden Globes and three Emmy Award nominations for his role on the 1970s series Happy Days. His work on Barry marks his first Primetime Emmy win (although he previously won two Daytime Emmy Awards for The Practice). Winkler, who has dyslexia, is also the author of a children’s book series about a boy who has the same condition.
- Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
- Louie Anderson, Baskets
- Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
- Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
- Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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