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Emmys: Westworld, Saturday Night Live Lead Nominations


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Saturday Night Live and Westworld received 22 nominations each for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, while HBO leads all the networks with 110 nods and Netflix comes in second with 91.

The series up for outstanding drama are Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. The comedies battling it out for the Emmy are Atlanta, black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep. The limited series that are up for the accolade are Big Little Lies, Fargo, FEUD: Bette and Joan, The Night Of and Genius. The nominees for TV movie are Black Mirror: San JuniperoDolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of LoveThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Sherlock: The Lying Detective and The Wizard of Lies.

The nominees for lead actress in a drama series are Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Keri Russell (The Americans), Claire Foy (The Crown), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld). The lead actor in a drama series category features Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us).

For comedy, the lead actress nominees are Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Allison Janney (Mom) and Pamela Adlon (Better Things). The lead actor nominees for comedy are Donald Glover (Atlanta), Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), William H. Macy (Shameless) and Zach Galifianakis (Baskets).

In the limited series arena, the lead actresses receiving nominations are Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Jessica Lange (FEUD: Bette and Joan), Susan Sarandon (FEUD: Bette and Joan), Carrie Coon (Fargo) and Felicity Huffman (American Crime). The lead actors up for the award in the same category are Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective), Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies), Ewan McGregor (Fargo), Geoffrey Rush (Genius) and John Turturro (The Night Of).

Meanwhile, The Voice, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race and American Ninja Warrior have been nominated for outstanding reality-competition program. In the category for variety talk series, the nominees are The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Late Show with James Corden and Real Time with Bill Maher.

“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “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.

“This sweeping array of television shows ranges from familiar favorites like black-ish and House of Cards to nominations newcomers like Westworld, This Is Us and Atlanta. 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.”

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will broadcast live on CBS on September 17.



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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