The 69th Emmy Awards Nominations

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It’s that time of year when the television industry gives its voting base a list of what the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences determines what is the “best” of the year. Of course, this leads your average TV viewer to wonder if those people are watching the same shows as the rest of us (and it also proves the power of campaigning). Even TV critics who have been praising this years dramas The Americans, The Leftovers and 13 Reasons Why are puzzled as to how those shows got left out in the dust while a usual suspect like House of Cards which had a less than stellar season still makes the cut. The same goes for the Best Actress category where vets like Robin Wright and Viola Davis score noms over Mandy Moore, the lead actress in the most popular new drama of the year, This Is Us, while two actors from that show, Streling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, both scored Best Actor nods, as well as Ron Cephas Jones in the Supporting Actor category (which also saw Ed Harris from Westworld getting snubbed).

Critical darling Stranger Things scored noms for Best Drama, Best Supporting Actor (David Harbour)and Best Supporting Actress (Millie Bobby Brown) but nothing for Winona Ryder. CBS All Access struck out with The Good Fight. Star Christine Baranski was always a shoo-in for a nom for the original show The Good Wife on CBS, but perhaps the new streaming service just wasn’t considered worthy this year (maybe Star Trek Discovery will boost the service a bit).

Marketing seems to have played a part in both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin getting Best Actress in a Comedy nominations this year, which left favorites Issa Rae (Insecure) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce) out in the cold. And both of those shows are on Emmy powerhouse HBO! Step it up, guys!

One of the biggest surprises of the year has to be Saturday Night Live leading the pack of nominees (actually tying with Westworld) with 22 nominations, certainly bolstered by this year’s political climate. And politics may have also played a part in The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon getting snubbed in the Best Variety Talk Series category, with many still not forgiving him for “humanizing” Trump before the election. Which makes it even more puzzling that Late Night with Seth Meyers also got left out of the mix while hard political comedy shows like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher all scored nominations. Even The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which really found its footing thanks to the current political situation, scored a nom.

And seriously, another Best Comedy nod for Modern Family over the farewell season of Girls?

It’s hard to say why and how who and what gets nominated and everyone will come to their own conclusions. but one thing is for sure — no one is ever completely happy when the nominations are announced. So did your show make the cut or get cut? Check out the list of nominees and share your thoughts with us!

The Emmy will air live on CBS September 17 at 8:00 PM ET.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • Atlanta (FX)
  • black-ish (ABC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things
  • Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Matt Walsh, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

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

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Riz Ahmed, Girls
  • Matthew Rhys, Girls
  • Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
  • Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
  • Hugh Laurie, Veep

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Wanda Sykes, black-ish
  • Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
  • Becky Ann Baker, Girls
  • Angela Bassett, Master of None
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
  • Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Westworld (HBO)

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • 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

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Viola Davis, HTGAWM
  • Claire Foy, The Crown
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • John Lithgow, The Crown
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • David Harbour, Stranger Things
  • Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
  • Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
  • Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
  • Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • BD Wong, Mr. Robot
  • Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
  • Denis O’Hare, This Is Us
  • Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
  • Gerald McRaney, This Is Us

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Alison Wright, The Americans
  • Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black
  • Shannon Purser, Stranger Things

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • FEUD: Bette & Joan (FX)
  • Genius (National Geographic)
  • The Night Of (HBO)

TV MOVIE

  • Black Mirror: “San Junipero” (Netflix)
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love (NBC)
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (PBS)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
  • The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

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

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

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
  • David Thewlis, Fargo
  • Alfred Molina, FEUD
  • Stanley Tucci, FEUD
  • Bill Camp, The Night Of
  • Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
  • Judy Davis, FEUD
  • Jackie Hoffman, FEUD
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
  • Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef Junior
  • Alec Baldwin, Match Game
  • Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
  • RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1/Logo)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)

VARIETY TALK SERIES

  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
  • Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

  • Billy On The Street (truTV)
  • Documentary Now! (IFC)
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food)
  • Fixer Upper (HGTV)
  • Lip Sync Battle (Spike)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)
  • Who Do You Think You Are (TLC)

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

  • Born This Way (A&E)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
  • Gaycation With Ellen Page (Viceland)
  • Intervention (A&E)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (YouTube)
  • United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

 
Are your favorites among the nominees? Did they overlook someone or something deserving? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 
69th Emmy Nominations Announcement

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences / NATAS

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  1. And for anyone who is wondering, Game of Thrones received zero nominations because it did not air during the eligibility period of June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. The last four episodes of Season 6 did air in June 2016, but they were included in the 2015-2016 Emmys eligibility period. Season 7 will be eligible for next year’s Emmys.