The Emmy Nominations are In (and They're Surprising)

Published July 14th, 2017 - 06:43 GMT
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The sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and sci-fi epic Westworld led the field with 22 nods apiece when Emmy Award nominations for excellence in television were announced.

Shemar Moore and Anna Chlumsky read the names aloud Thursday morning. Winners will be celebrated at a gala at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, with Stephen Colbert serving as host. The ceremony is to air on CBS.

The nominees for Best Drama are Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This is Us and Westworld.

Up for Best Comedy are Veep, Atlanta, black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Drama Series are Claire Foy for The Crown, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale, Robin Wright for House of Cards, Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld, Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder and Keri Russell for The Americans.

In the running for Best Actor in a Drama Series are Sterling K. Brown for This is Us, Anthony Hopkins for Westworld, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Matthew Rhys for The Americans, Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan and Milo Ventimiglia for This is Us.

The nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series are Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Allison Janney for Mom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish, Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda for Grace and Frankie and Pamela Adlon for Better Things.

Mentioned for Best Actor in a Comedy Series are Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent, Aziz Ansari for Master of None, Donald Glover for Atlanta, Anthony Anderson for black-ish, William H. Macy for Shameless and Zach Galifianakis for Baskets.

Nominated for Best Limited Series are Big Little Lies, Fargo, Feud, Genius and The Night Of.

Competing for the title of Best TV Movie are Black Mirror, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Sherlock: The Lying Detectiveand The Wizard of Lies.

The category for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie includes Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies, Jessica Lange for Feud, Susan Sarandon for Feud, Reese Witherspoon for Big Little Lies, Carrie Coon for Fargo and Felicity Huffman for American Crime.

The nominees for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie are Riz Ahmed for The Night Of, Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock: The Lying Detective, Robert De Niro for The Wizard of Lies, Ewan McGregor for Fargo, Geoffrey Rush for Genius and John Turturro for The Night Of.

The Best Supporting Actress in a Drama contenders are Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things, Ann Dowd for The Handmaid's Tale, Chrissy Metz for This is Us, Thandie Newton for Westworld and Samira Wiley for The Handmaid's Tale.

Vying for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama are Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul, David Harbour for Strangers Things, Ron Cephas Jones for This is Us, Michael Kelly for House of Cards, John Lithgow for The Crown, Mandy Patinkin for Homeland and Jeffrey Wright for Westworld.

Up for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy are Vanessa Bayer for Saturday Night Live, Anna Chlumsky for Veep, Leslie Jones for Saturday Night Live, Judith Light for Transparent, Kathryn Hahn for Transparent and Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live.

Shortlisted for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy are Louie Anderson for Baskets, Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tony Hale for Veep and Matt Walsh for Veep.

A complete list of the contenders may be found at

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