Music stars Mars, Legend, Martin get Emmy noms
LOS ANGELES, July 14, (Agencies): “Game of Thrones” roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last year’s winner “The Handmaid’s Tale”, while a streaming platform made history by earning the most bids for the first time.
Netflix’s 112 nominations took away the front-runner title that HBO held since 2001, giving cable and broadcast networks more reason to fear their future in viewers as well as honors. HBO is no piker: It claimed 108 bids.
“Game of Thrones” helped boost the premium cable service’s total and became the most-nominated series of all time, with its 129 nods topping the 124 nominations earned by “ER”.
Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” was the top comedy series nominee the with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of the absence this time around of three-time winner “Veep”. “Atlanta” will face newcomers including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Glow” and “Barry”. Others in the category include “black-ish”, “Silicon Valley”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.
The newbie comedies aced out long-time Emmy favorite “Modern Family”, a five-time winner and perennial nominee since it debuted in 2009 on ABC. Its absence leaves just one network contender for best comedy, ABC’s “black-ish”, which also earned nods for Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, who noted his urban California roots.
“Being a kid from Compton, one could only dream of moments like this, so it’s truly a humbling experience right now,” Anderson said.
The short-lived revival of “Roseanne”, canceled because of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf. Another revival, “Will & Grace”, got Emmy love for nominees Megan Mullally and Molly Shannon but the main stars and series itself were snubbed.
“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh made history of her own, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for lead acting honors in a drama series. Oh had earned five supporting bids for “Grey’s Anatomy”.
The late Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”, received a nomination in the category for best information series or special, which also includes shows with Leah Remini and David Letterman.
Among the notable first-time nominees: Issa Rae for “Insecure”, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”, Tiffany Haddish for “Saturday Night Live”, Letitia Wright for “Black Museum (Black Mirror)” and John Legend for “Superstar Live in Concert”.
If Legend wins, he’ll join the rarified club of “EGOT” performers who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
“Saturday Night Live”, riding high with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods.
HBO’s fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama winner that sat out the last year’s awards because of its production schedule. Although it’s up for top series honors, it drew only three supporting actor bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.
The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honors last year, drew 20 bids, including one for last year’s best actress winner, Elisabeth Moss, and supporting bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes.
Other drama series contenders are “Westworld”, with an impressive 21 nods; “The Americans”, nominated for its final season and with nods for stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; “The Crown,” “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us” from NBC, the only broadcast show to make the cut.
Shawn Levy, a producer of “Stranger Things”, got the good news after landing in New York following weeks of directing season three episodes in Georgia.
Competing with Moss, Oh and Russell for lead drama actress are Claire Foy for The Crown, Tatiana Maslay of “Orphan Black” and Evan Rachel Wood of “Westworld”.
Rhys will be up against last year’s winner, Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us”, along with his castmate Milo Ventimiglia; Jason Bateman for “Ozark” and Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright for “Westworld”.
Brown is also nominated for guest actor for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
The Emmys ceremony airs September 17 with Colin Jost and Michael Che of “Saturday Night Live” as hosts.
Music stars in competition for Emmys this year include Bruno Mars, Sara Bareilles, Ricky Martin and John Legend, who earned two nominations.
Legend and Bareilles each earned acting nods for their roles in NBC’s “Superstar Live In Concert.” Legend also picked up a nomination as a producer of the special in the outstanding variety special (live) category.
Mars, an 11-time Grammy winner, earned a nomination for outstanding music direction for his first TV special, CBS’ “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo.”
Martin is up for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie for his role in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sept 17:
* Outstanding drama series: “The Americans”; “The Crown”; “Game of Thrones”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “Stranger Things”; “This is Us”; “Westworld”
* Outstanding comedy series: “Atlanta”; “Barry”; “black-ish”; “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “Glow”; “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”; “Silicon Valley”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
* Lead actor, drama: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”; Ed Harris, “Westworld”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”; Milo Ventimiglia, “This is Us”; Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”
* Lead actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”; Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Keri Russell, “The Americans”; Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”
* Lead actor, comedy: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Ted Danson, “The Good Place”; Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Bill Hader, “Barry”; William H. Macy, “Shameless”
* Lead actress, comedy: Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”; Allison Janney, “Mom”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”; Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
* Supporting actor, drama: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”; Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”; Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; David Harbour, “Stranger Things”; Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”; Matt Smith, “The Crown”
* Supporting actress, drama: Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”; Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”; Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”; Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
* Supporting actor, comedy: Louie Anderson, “Baskets”; Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”; Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”; Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”; Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”; Henry Winkler, “Barry”
* Supporting actress, comedy: Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”; Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”; Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”; Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”; Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”; Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
* Outstanding limited series: “The Alienist”; “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; “Genius: Picasso”; “Patrick Melrose”
* Outstanding television movie: “Fahrenheit 451”; “Flint”; “Paterno”; “The Tale”; “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
* Lead actor, limited series or movie: Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”; Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”; Jeff Daniels, “The Looming Tower”; Jesse Plemons, “USS Callister (Black Mirror)”
* Lead actress, limited series or movie: Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”; Laura Dern, “The Tale”; Michelle Dockery, “Godless”; Edie Falco, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”; Regina King, “Seven Seconds”; Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult”