69th Annual Emmy Nominations Announced

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It seems pretty evident that SNL and Melissa McCarthy are a pretty big part of the reason the Trump Administration has all but euthanized the on-air daily press briefing with Sean Spicer. It’s certainly the reason for a surge in the sketch-comedy show’s ratings, viewership and media coverage, with the first video of McCarthy as an irately, high-pitched and condescending Spicer (complete with Lamb Chop and Moose stuffed animals) went beyond viral earlier this year.

It’s also at least part of the reason SNL has tied (with West World) for the most nominations this year: a whopping 22 each. This years’ nominations cements Saturday Night Live as the show with the most Emmy nominations of all time, totaling 231 for the duration of the show. That is further supported by Melissa McCarthy’s nomination for Oustanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her SNL appearance(s).

Westworld, having its critic-and-audience approved debut this year, also has 22 nominations for its glimpse at the fascinating and terrifying future of AI and robotics.

The Netflix original Stranger Things came close to the two leaders with 19 nominations for its first season, a beautifully shot, nostalgic period piece (yes, the 80s constitutes a period piece now) looking at telekinesis, alternate dimensions, and vaguely referencing some sketchy government experimentation from that time. Its pint-sized stars have won the world’s hearts with their talent, good-naturedness, and fashion.

For best comedy this year, voters will have to between Atlanta, Black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep.

Not to spoil anything (okay, a little spoiler) but Veep apparently inadvertently predicted a failed run for the US’s first female president and the new season looks at how in the heck someone might have to deal with that.

Speaking of political shows that hit a little too close to home, House of Cards is up for best drama along with Better Call Saul, This is Us, Westworld, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown, and Stranger Things.

Veep received 17 noms and The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian look at an ultra-patriarchal America in a future so close it could be the present, received 13.

Anthony Hopkins, 79, is nominated for his first Emmy since 1990, when he won for Great Expectations. The last time he won was in 1981 for The Bunker. It’ll be interesting to see if his turn as a menacing and intriguing robot patriarch in Westworld can win against the power-hungry Frances Underwood played by Kevin Spacey in House of Cards. Also nominated is Sterling K. Brown for This is Us, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Matthew Rhys for The Americans, Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan, and Milo Ventimiglia for This is Us.

Leading actress in a drama is a fight between the incomparable Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, the Queen herself (kind of) Claire Foy for The Crown, the devastating and fascinating Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale, Kerri Russell who recently said that her role in The Americans has changed her life, Evan Rachel Wood who brought more life than ever thought possible to her robot character on Westworld, and the calculating, stoic, and powerful match to Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright from House of Cards.

For lead actor in a comedy there’s Anthony Anderson for Black-ish, Aziz Ansari for Master of None, Zach Galifinakis for Baskets, Donald Glover for Atlanta, William H. Macy for Shameless, and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.

Lead actress in a comedy is between Pamela Adlon for Better Things, Jane Fonda for Grace and Frankie, Allison Janney for Mom, Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish, and Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie.

So many living legends, so little time.

Samantha Bee, who hosted the “Not the Whitehouse Correspondent’s Dinner,” is nominated for outstanding variety talk show along with Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. The “Not the White House Correspondent’s Dinner” is nominated for Outstanding Variety Special against Corden’s viral sensation “Carpool Karaoke,” Louis C.K.’s Netflix special, Sarah Silverman’s Netflix Special, and Stephen Colbert’s 2016 Election Night coverage. Can’t they all be named winners in some sort of tie, Mean Girls-esque breaking apart the trophy to share kind of thing?

Fan favorite Bob’s Burgers is up against South Park, The Simpsons, Archer and Elena and the Secret of Avalor for Outstanding Animated Program.

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog are nominated for Outstanding Host(s) of a Reality Show, as is RuPaul for Drag Race, among others.

Black Mirror, the ominous look at the future of our technologies in a series of stand-alone full-length episodes is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie against Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors, Oprah in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an episode of Sherlock, and The Wizard of Lies.

Documentary or Nonfiction Series nominations include true crime Netflix hit The Keepers, mouth-watering Netflix hit Chef’s Table, PBS’ American Masters, and BBC’s Planet Earth II.

Reality competition shows like Shark Tank and Lip Sync Battle received nominations, as did other nonfiction shows like Gaycation with Ellen Page and RuPaul’s Drag Race, among others.

For a full and exceedingly comprehensive list of nominees, check out the Emmy’s official PDF, for everything from best hair styling, best cinematography, to best directing, best animation and best guest actor/actress.

There’s a lot, something for everyone, and enough to promise a long, show-stopper of an awards show night. The show will air Sunday September 17th, on CBS (and probably online). The In Memoriam this year will likely feature recently departed Nelsan Ellis, who died of heart failure as he attempted to get sober; he was 39. He won hearts as a sassy cook in True Blood, and was still on the rise as a recognizable and talented actor.

Who do you think should win and why? Are you upset like some others that Game of Thrones didn’t get recognition? Are there other shows or people who got overlooked that you’re miffed about? Comment below or let us know on Facebook or Twitter! 

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