Can ‘Westworld’ Season 2 do better at Emmys after riding off with 5 trophies last year?

With reigning champion “Game of Thrones” not in contention at last year’s Emmys, “Westworld” earned the most nominations of any drama series with 22. It ended up winning five Creative Arts Emmys: Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, Best Hairstyling, Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Yet, when it came to the main telecast, “Westworld” failed to win any of its seven nominations for Drama Series, Drama Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Drama Actress (Evan Rachel Wood), Drama Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright), Drama Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton), Drama Directing and Drama Writing. With the second season recently concluding this past Sunday night on HBO, could it potentially do better at this year’s Emmy Awards?

“Westworld” faces off against “Game of Thrones” for the first time this year, so they’ll both be competing for bragging rights as the most nominated series. However, since “Game of Thrones” aired last summer, it may not be as fresh in voters’ minds. “Westworld,” of course, just finished up its second season during Emmy nominations voting, unlike last year when the first season debuted in the fall. That could help its Emmy chances, as could the show’s recent cast shakeups — Anthony Hopkins is eligible for Drama Supporting Actor (instead of lead) while Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris are eligible for Drama Actor (instead of supporting).

If “Westworld” hopes to win more Emmys it’ll need to be competitive in Best Drama Directing and Writing. The Season 1 finale, “The Bicameral Mind,” was nominated in both categories last year, both of which lost to the pilot episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” titled “Offred.” This year, as per the 2018 Emmy ballot, four episodes (“Journey Into Night,” “The Riddle Of The Sphinx,” “Akane No Mai” and “The Passenger”) have been submitted for Best Drama Directing, while three hours (“Akane No Mai,” “Kiksuya” and “The Passenger”) are in contention for Best Drama Writing.

TV critics agree that the second season is Emmy-worthy. Verne Gay (Newsday) writes, “’Westworld’ does not disappoint: Still explosive, still smart, still engaging.” Michelle Jaworski (The Daily Dot) notes, “[Westworld season 2] forges a path with a new narrative that encompasses an in-depth look at the characters with twists and turns that mostly work.” And Rob Lowman (Los Angeles Daily News) declares that the show “hits the mark with strong storytelling that gives you a lot to ponder after the shooting is over.”

As of this writing, “Westworld” currently sits in sixth place for a Best Drama Series nomination at Gold Derby with 9/1 odds behind “The Handmaid’s Tale” (4/1 odds), “Game of Thrones” (9/2 odds), “This is Us” (11/2 odds), “Stranger Things” (7/1 odds) and “The Crown” (15/2 odds). Can it overcome the odds to win the top race? See more Emmy odds and rankings.

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