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‘Westworld,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘This Is Us’ Among 2017 Emmy Award Nominees

‘Westworld,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘This Is Us’ Among 2017 Emmy Award Nominees
Photo Source: “Westworld”: Courtesy of HBO

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has made their selections for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Topping the nominees’ list were NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s “Westworld” with 22 each. HBO led the nominations with 111 total, followed by Netflix with 91, NBC with 64, and FX with 55. 

Announced by Shemar Moore and nominee Anna Chlumsky live from Los Angeles, the 69th Emmy nominations were notable in recognizing a bevy of new 2016–17 dramas in the wake of last year’s big winner “Game of Thrones” being ineligible this year. Previous nominees “Better Call Saul” (AMC) and “House of Cards” (Netflix) were joined by NBC’s breakout “This Is Us”—the first best drama nominee from a broadcast network since 2011—plus “Westworld” and newcomers from Netflix, “The Crown” and “Stranger Things,” which earned 13 and 18 nods, respectively. Rounding out the category was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” proving to be Hulu’s breakout hit with Emmy voters; the streaming service received 18 total nods compared to last year’s two.

The nominees for best comedy—“Atlanta” (FX), “Black-ish” (ABC), “Master of None” (Netflix), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Silicon Valley” (HBO), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), and last year’s winner “Veep” (HBO)—fared well in acting categories as well, alongside a whopping nine “SNL” performers: 2016 winner Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Vanessa Bayer, Alec Baldwin, and guest actors Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tom Hanks. 

Leading the limited series categories were FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and “The Night Of,” all of which include nominees in multiple acting categories.

Backstage cover stars Aziz Ansari (Netflix’s “Master of None”) and Matthew Rhys (FX’s “The Americans” and HBO’s “Girls”) were among those nominated for more than one Emmy, along with Baldwin, Ann Dowd, Riz Ahmed, Ty Burrell, Donald Glover, Ewan McGregor, and Liev Schreiber. Comedy nominees included Tracee Ellis Ross, Lily Tomlin, and Judith Light, while drama categories recognized Sterling K. Brown, Carrie Coon, Regina King, Michael K. Williams, Laura Dern, and more.

Last year’s leading drama actress winner, Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” was not eligible for Emmys this year; her male counterpart, Rami Malek of USA’s “Mr. Robot,” did not join this year’s list of seven honorees. HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was among the nominees for best TV movie, but its star Oprah Winfrey was snubbed.

“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington during the announcement. “The Emmy Awards competition experienced a 15 percent increase in submissions for this year’s initial nomination round of online voting. The creativity and excellence in presenting great storytelling and characters across a multitude of ever-expanding entertainment platforms is staggering.... The power of television and its talented performers—in front of and behind the camera—enthrall a worldwide audience. We are thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer.” 

For a complete list of this year’s Emmy honorees, visit Emmys.com

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Louie Anderson, “Baskets”
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Matt Walsh, “Veep”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Vanessa Bayer, “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Kathryn Hahn, “Transparent”
Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
John Lithgow, “The Crown”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
John Turturro, “The Night Of”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Bill Camp, “The Night Of”
Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”
Stanley Tucci, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Michael K. Williams, “The Night Of”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Jackie Hoffman, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

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