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'SNL,' Westworld' lead Emmy Award nominations with 22 nods

By Lynn Elber, Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Saturday Night Live," powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin's florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

The long-running NBC variety show tied with HBO's sci-fi drama "Westworld," which also earned 22 bids on Thursday, to jointly top the field for the 69th Primetime Emmys to be presented in September.

Breakout drama "This is Us" received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a broadcast network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011. NBC's intricately told story of an extended family, a hit with viewers and critics, also earned bids for Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, who are competing with each other in the best actor category.

"Veep," the most-nominated comedy, has a chance for its third consecutive best comedy series and gives star Julia Louis-Dreyfus the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead comedy actress. She has five for "Veep" and one for "New Adventures of Old Christine."

Emmy voters showed their willingness to recognize new comic voices as well as diversity. Donald Glover's freshman "Atlanta" earned a best comedy bid, as did "Master of None," starring Aziz Ansari, and "Black-ish."

But there was room for an old favorite, "Modern Family," although it earned only a handful of bids besides best comedy, including for Ty Burrell in the supporting actor category.

HBO's "Game of Thrones," which dominated last year's Emmys with 23 nods and 12 trophies, including its second consecutive best drama award, fell outside the eligibility window for Emmy consideration this year. "Orphan Black" isn't in the running for the same reason, depriving star Tatiana Maslany of the chance to repeat as best-drama actress.

The Emmys are scheduled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Colbert as host.

Here is the list of the top nominees:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder" Claire Foy, "The Crown" Elisabeth Moss, "Handmaid’s Tale" Keri Russell, "The Americans" Evan Rachel Wood, "Westworld" Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Outstanding 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 Schreiber, "Ray Donovan" Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" Milo Ventimiglia, "This Is Us"

Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Carrie Coon, "Fargo" Felicity Huffman, "American Crime" Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" Jessica Lange, "Feud: Bette & Joan" Susan Sarandon, "Feud: Bette & Joan" Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies"

Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed, "The Night Of" Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock" Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies Ewan McGregor, "Fargo" Geoffrey Rush, "Genius" John Turturro, "The Night Of"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding 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"

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

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

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program

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

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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

Outstanding Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Drama Series

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

Outstanding 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"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky, "Veep" Vanessa Bayer, "Saturday Night Live" Leslie Jones, "Saturday Night Live" Jane Krakowski, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Judith Light, "Transparent" Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bill Camp, "The Night Of" Alfred Molina, "Feud: Bette & Joan" Alexander Skarsgard, "Big Little Lies" David Thewlis, "Fargo" Stanley Tucci, "Feud: Bette & Joan" Michael Kenneth Williams, "The Night Of"

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding 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"

For a complete list, visit www.emmys.com.

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .

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