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Emmy Awards 2017 Nominations: WESTWORLD, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, STRANGER THINGS, & More

69th Annual Emmy Awards 2017

Emmy Awards 2017 Nominations

Westworld, Saturday Night Live, Stranger Things, and the other nominations for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced. The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards “often referred to simply as the Emmy, is a television production award, similar in nature to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music) and Tony Awards (for stage).”

Westworld and Saturday Night Live received the most nominations this year. Westworld and Saturday Night Live each received twenty-two nominations. Westworld‘s scripts for its first season were exceeding well-written with a level of complexity that few scripts achieve. It’s actors delivered top notch performances and it was one of the best new dramas of the season.  Saturday Night Live has been hammering President Donald Trump and his campaign / administration before and especially after Trump was elected President of the United States. Its regular performers and its guest stars, especially Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy, deserve high praise.

Stranger Things and FEUD: Bette and Joan each received eighteen nominations. I’m not familiar with FEUD: Bette and Joan but  Stranger Things had a surprising narrative. That originality being rewarded was no surprise. Will it beat Westworld in the categories that the two of them are nominated in? I don’t see that happening. Stranger things, no pun intended, have happened though.

Veep received seventeen nominations this year and was among the one hundred and ten nominations that HBO received for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards. Netflix followed with ninety-one nominations, followed by NBC with sixty nominations. Netflix has been growing and growing in prominence over the last few years in the television and film genres. It must disheartening to NBC, CBS, and ABC, television stations that have existed for decades in the field, to receive less Emmy nominations than an upstart TV streaming service.

There were a lot of first time nominations for actors and actress this year in a broad array of categories, including lead actor in a drama (Milo Ventimiglia), lead actress in a drama (Claire Foy), and lead actor in a comedy (Donald Glover). Some actors and actresses were nominated in multiple categories. Those actors and actresses are: Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed, Ty Burrell, Alec Baldwin, Ann Dowd, Donald Glover, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Rhys, and Liev Schreiber.

2017 Emmy Awards Nominations 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”

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”

Lead actor in a drama series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

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”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

Lead actress in a comedy series

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Vanessa Bayer, “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Kathryn Hahn, “Transparent”
Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

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”

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”

Reality competition series

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety talk series

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”

Variety sketch series

“Billy on the Street”
“Documentary Now!”
“Drunk History”
“Key & Peele”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

TV movie

“Black Mirror: San Junipero”
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
“The Wizard of Lies”

Limited series or movie

“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Genius”
“The Night Of”

Lead actress in a limited series or 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 movie

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
John Turturro, “The Night Of”

Animated series

“Archer”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First)”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

Comedy series

“Black-ish”
“Atlanta”
“Master of None”
“Modern Family”
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”

Drama series

“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“House of Cards”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

*Note – The entire nomination list can be found here.

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