Here's What To Watch Out For During The 2018 Emmy Awards

During this year's Emmys, keep an eye out for Netflix, Sandra Oh and the race for outstanding comedy series.
Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 17, 2018

The 2018 Emmy Awards are tonight, and if you plan on watching the ceremony, here are some things you might want to look out for.

The first is the year's most nominated network: Netflix. That accomplishment by itself made some pretty big waves when the nominations were first announced, especially considering it ended HBO's 17-year streak. But that doesn't mean Netflix will take home the most trophies at the end of the night.

For that honor, Netflix is up against heavy competition from HBO, FX, NBC and its streaming rival, Hulu.

Besides Netflix, another major competitor to watch is Sandra Oh, the first Asian woman to be nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama. Her performance in BBC's "Killing Eve" garnered major praise this year, but the critics' favorite for the award is still Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale."

"The Handmaid's Tale" is also critics' top pick in the race for outstanding drama. It may be up against other critical hits like "Game of Thrones" and "The Americans," but according to expert predictions on Gold Derby, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of Hulu's dystopian drama. 

Less predictable is the race for outstanding comedy, which has been neck-and-neck between "Atlanta" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" for weeks.

The former is a "post-comedy" or "comedy-in-theory," a burgeoning subgenre of comedy that is as experimental, dramatic and socially conscientious as it is funny. The latter, on the other hand, is a love letter to the comedy industry itself. 

The race is significant for that reason, but also because neither "Modern Family" nor "Veep" is in the running. Those series have dominated the category since 2010, so this year's nominees could be setting the tone for ceremonies to come.

If Amazon's "Mrs. Maisel" takes home the big trophy, it would also mark the category's first win by a streaming company.