Darren Criss, Jesus Christ Superstar’s John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Sara Bareilles Among 2018 Emmy Nominees | Playbill

Awards Darren Criss, Jesus Christ Superstar’s John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Sara Bareilles Among 2018 Emmy Nominees Nominations for the 70th annual ceremony were announced July 12.
Darren Criss in American Crime Story and John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Sara Bareilles in Jesus Christ Superstar Live

A host of stage favorites received Emmy Award nominations July 12 for their work on the small screen.

Among the 2018 nominees are Broadway and Glee alum Darren Criss, up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Joining him in the category are Broadway-bound Tony nominee Jeff Daniels for The Looming Tower (also nominated for Godless), Tony nominee Antonio Banderas for Genius: Picasso, Benedict Cumberbatch for Patrick Melrose, Jesse Plemons for Black Mirror’s “USS Callister,” and John Legend for his title performance in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.


In addition to Legend, Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Sara Bareilles earned nods for their performances as Judas and Mary Magdalene, respectively, in Jesus Christ Superstar. The three are the first performers to receive nominations for the recent wave of live musical broadcasts. The broadcast garnered ten additional nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live), Outstanding Costumes for Variety Programming for Tony winner Paul Tazewell, and Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series (Movie or Dramatic Special) for David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski.

Should Oscar, Tony, and Grammy winner Legend win, he would complete his EGOT pursuit; an Outstanding Variety Special win for Jesus Christ Superstar would deliver the coveted quadruple-feat to writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who served as executive producers.


Similarly, Dear Evan Hansen pair Benj Pasek and Justin Paul earned a nomination for their song “In the Market for a Miracle” from Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! With a win, they would reach coveted EGOT status after winning a Tony and Grammy for Dear Evan Hansen and an Oscar for La La Land. The Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category also includes Tony nominee Steve Martin and Ballroom’s husband-and-wife collaborators Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Additional 2018 nominees include 2018 Tony winners Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Laurie Metcalf for Roseanne, 2018 Tony nominees Brian Tyree Henry for Atlanta and Diana Rigg for Game of Thrones, Tony winner Kelli O'Hara for The Accidental Wolf, stage favorite Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tony winner Mandy Patinkin for Homeland, Tony winner Jeffrey Wright and Tony nominee Ed Harris for Westworld, Tony winner Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie, Tony winner Judith Light for American Crime Story, Tony nominee and recent Oscar winner Allison Janney for Mom, Tatiana Maslany (currently starring Off-Broadway in Mary Page Marlowe) for Orphan Black, Tony nominee Elisabeth Moss and Tony winner Cherry Jones for The Handmaid's Tale, Tony and Oscar winner Viola Davis for Scandal, and Hamilton Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda for his guest appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm (Tony winner Bryan Cranston was also nominated for his guest stint on the comedy).

The 70th annual primetime ceremony, hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will be broadcast live on NBC September 17.

For the full list of nominations, visit Emmys.com.

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