Emmys: 8 Onscreen Couples Looking to Collect Wins

6:00 AM 8/6/2018

by Rebecca Ford

From Claire Foy and Matt Smith to Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, a slew of onscreen pairs found themselves both earning nominations. Now they face heavy competition in a year of strong performances.

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  • Claire Foy and Matt Smith

    Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's royal hit, received her second nomination for lead actress but faces stiff competition in her category, which includes last year's winner, Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), and newcomer Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). Her onscreen husband, Smith, nabbed his first nom, for supporting actor, for playing Prince Philip. For both, it's the last chance to win for the show; their characters have been recast for season three.

  • Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell

    Elizabeth and Philip Jennings — together until the bittersweet end. Russell and Rhys each have nabbed a nomination for the sixth and final season of FX's Russian spy drama. The real-life couple has been nominated twice before, though neither has received a trophy. And neither is the frontrunner, even when you factor in industry sentiment for an acclaimed departing series, but there's always a chance TV Academy voters will want to give these stars a proper sendoff with some individual hardware.

  • Sara Bareilles and John Legend

    Having won Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, Legend is on the cusp of joining the elite club of 12 EGOT winners if he collects the Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in NBC's live musical show (it's his first nomination). Bareilles, who portrayed Mary Magdalene, also earned her first Emmy nom, though she'll battle against showy performances by Godless' Merritt Wever and Versace's Penelope Cruz in her supporting category.

  • Zazie Beetz and Donald Glover

    Glover took home Emmys for lead actor and directing for Atlanta in 2017, and the multihyphenate (nominated in four categories this year, including a guest nom for hosting Saturday Night Live) looks primed to repeat in at least one category. Beetz, who plays Glover's on-again, off-again girlfriend on the FX comedy, received her first nomination and faces off against Alex Borstein for her memorable work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and a trio of Saturday Night Live stars (Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon).

  • Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski

    Gilead's power couple both earned their first Emmy noms for the second season of Hulu's timely drama. With Handmaid's Tale raking in eight acting noms, a split vote could slow Strahovski's chances as she competes against co-stars Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd. Fiennes, meanwhile, is up against favorites David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones).

  • Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross

    Receiving their third and fourth consecutive nominations, respectively, Ross and Anderson have yet to win the Emmy for starring on the ABC comedy, but the show continues to reinvent itself. Case in point: the "Juneteenth" musical episode, which kicked off the fourth season. Still, it's unlikely they'll be able to take the win from the newer, shinier nominees in their categories like Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan and Atlanta's Glover or Barry's Bill Hader.

  • Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez

    Playing Gianni Versace (Ramirez) and his longtime lover Antonio D'Amico (Martin) on FX's limited series earned Martin his first Emmy nom and Ramirez his second. But the pair will now face off against each other and fellow co-star Finn Wittrock in the supporting actor category. While Ramirez has the best shot for his transformative work as the titular character, the Versace gang could lose out to Godless' Jeff Daniels.

  • Matthew Goode and Vanessa Kirby

    Foy and Smith weren't the only onscreen Crown couple nominated July 12. Kirby, who plays the rebellious Princess Margaret, and Goode, as Margaret's beau Antony Armstrong-Jones, are both in contention — though she'll have to usurp supporting actress frontrunners Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and the Handmaid's Tale nominees, while he's up against This Is Us pair Ron Cephas Jones and Gerald McRaney in the guest category.

  • The 'Game of Thrones' Sibling Rivalry

    While new onscreen couple (and also — spoiler alert! — blood relatives) Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) were snubbed in the lead category, all three of the Lannister siblings — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage — earned supporting noms. And Dinklage, a likely frontrunner in his group, broke the record for most noms in the supporting actor category when he earned his seventh this year.

  • One Is the Loneliest Number


    Missing: Laura Linney

    Jason Bateman earned a lead actor nomination (plus a directing nom) for playing the money-laundering dad in the new Netflix drama, but four-time Emmy winner Linney, who plays his wife, was skipped in the supporting category.

    Grace and Frankie

    Missing: Jane Fonda

    They play septuagenarian roommates, but Lily Tomlin, who portrays Frankie, has been nominated for all four seasons of the Netflix comedy, while Fonda (who plays Grace) didn't nab her first nom until 2017. She was snubbed again this year.


    Missing: Anna Faris

    Newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney earned her fifth nom for her performance on the veteran CBS comedy (she won in 2015), but her co-star Faris has yet to be nominated.


    Missing: Alison Brie

    Brie seemed like a shoo-in for her work on the new Netflix wrestling comedy, but she was left off the list of the show's 10 noms. Betty Gilpin, her rival on the series, earned a supporting nom.

    Killing Eve

    Missing: Jodie Comer

    Sandra Oh made history as the first person of Asian descent to be nominated in the lead actress drama category, but co-star Comer, who plays the enigmatic assassin on the BBC America series, was spurned.

    This Is Us

    Missing: Mandy Moore

    Milo Ventimiglia got his second nom for his efforts on the NBC tearjerker, but his onscreen wife did not, despite playing the character who ties the drama's two time periods together.

    This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.