The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards are officially here. Veep actress Anna Chlumsky, S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore (whose name was briefly mispronounced during the awkward introductions) and Television Academy CEO Hayma Washington announced the nominations today via livestream from Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Let’s dig in a little to what was allowed in and left out.
In part thanks to the hole left by Game of Thrones’ and Downton Abbey’s absence, several newcomer series like This Is Us, The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale got some much-deserved attention. The most pleasant surprise has to be Netflix’s Stranger Things, which came out of nowhere last year. Westworld is something of a disappointing addition to the noms, but not entirely unexpected, given the show’s popularity.
As far as dramatic acting, both the lead actor and actress categories are stacked this year. From reliable heavyweight performances from the likes of Kevin Spacey and Anthony Hopkins to show-stealing turns from first-timer Sterling K. Brown, the lead actor race seems reliably tight. We all wish Justin Theroux’s performance from The Leftovers was nominated, but, alas, there is no justice in this world.
For actresses, there aren’t any major surprises, other than House of Cards’ Robin Wright sneaking in over Carrie Coon’s excellent turn in The Leftovers. Can you guess which show we think is getting unjustly snubbed there?
On the comedic side, the nominations—as expected—were dominated by long-time stalwart series like Veep and Silicon Valley. Modern Family refuses to die, but there’s a chance that Donald Glover’s fantastic Atlanta could make a real push for the win.
For actor nominations, it was something of a surprise to see Zach Galifianakis creep his way back into a nomination for his role in Baskets. Otherwise, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, William H. Macy, Glover and two-time defending champion Jeffrey Tambor were pretty much shoo-ins.
For comedic actresses, it’s really all about whether anybody could conceivably defeat Julia Louis-Dreyfus. While Allison Janey’s promotion from supporting to lead actress for her work in Mom is encouraging, it hardly signals a worthy contender to the Veep star’s five consecutive Emmy wins. But who knows—this wasn’t Veep’s strongest season, after all.
Saturday Night Live and Westworld led the tally for the most nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Stranger Things and Feud: Bette and Joan (18), and Veep (17). Leading the nominations in totals by platform were HBO (110), Netflix (91) and NBC (60).
Stephen Colbert will host the Emmy Awards live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. Check out the nominations for a few of the major categories below, and see how they stack up with our predictions and wish list.
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”
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 Shreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”
LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Carrie Coon, “Fargo”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A 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”
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
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”
“The Amazing Race”
“America Ninja Warrior”
“Rupaul’s Drag Race”
“Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Night Of”
“Master of None”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Better Call Saul?”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“House of Cards?”
“This Is Us”