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69th Emmy Nominations (2017) Released – “Westworld” and “SNL” Tied At First Place with 22 Nominations

The 42nd Season of “Saturday Night Live” recorded its highest viewership in about two decades consequently earning 22 nominations to tie with “Westworld” also at the top with 22 nods. The NBC sketch show has received 200 Emmy nominations since its debut in 1975, winning 45 of them and, this year, breaking its own record for most nominations in a single season.

The unprecedented success of “SNL” this season has to be attributed to Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump although Trump isn’t the first POTUS to have been roasted on the show which is known to flourish on political satire.

Another reason that probably got “SNL” all the attention it deserved- and also what it didn’t – is Trump’s sourpuss reactions and tweets about the show and Alec Baldwin, in particular, whose repeated impersonation of Trump this season earned him the nomination for best-supporting actor in a comedy series.

As pointed out earlier, historically, SNL is known to thrive on ridiculing politicians – especially the president of the United States – although, the show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels has always maintained that the show is not prejudiced or partisan.

Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Shemar Moore (“Criminal Minds”) announced the nominations on Thursday at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. However, the live-streamed announcement did not cover the entire list which includes almost 100 categories in all.

New shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” and “Westworld” did exceptionally well grabbing a good chunk of the nominations with “Westworld” jointly at the top alongside “SNL” – both with 22 okays – and “Stranger Things” bagging 18.

Some of the shows which have done well in the past were not even up for consideration this year with “Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks” not in the picture during the eligibility phase of the awards and “Downtown Abbey” has ended its run before the 68th awards.

So people, television’s best shows and performances will have their moments of glory at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17 and here’s the list of nominations in major categories.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • “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)

Outstanding Comedy Series

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

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 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”)

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 lead actress in a comedy series

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

Outstanding limited series

  • “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
  • “Fargo” (FX)
  • “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
  • “The Night Of” (HBO)
  • “Genius” (National Geographic)

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series

  • 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”)

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series

  • Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
  • Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
  • Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
  • Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
  • Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
  • Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Outstanding 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)
  • “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding reality-competition program

  • “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
  • “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
  • “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
  • “Top Chef” (Bravo)
  • “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding 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)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

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

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”)
  • Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Kate Dennis (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  • Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”)
  • The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
  • Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
  • Jamie Babbit (“Silicon Valley”)
  • Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)
  • Morgan Sackett (“Veep”)
  • David Mandel (“Veep”)
  • Dale Stern (“Veep”)

The full list can be accessed here:

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