Ta­tiana Maslany, Semi Chel­las, Michael J. Fox among Cana­dian Emmy noms


Ku­dos poured in from the Clone Club and celebri­ties alike on Thurs­day as Cana­dian Ta­tiana Maslany got her first Emmy Award nom­i­na­tion for her widely ac­claimed per­for­mance on “Or­phan Black.”

“Ahhhhhhh!!! #not­snubbed,” fel­low Emmy nom­i­nee Amy Schumer wrote to Maslany on Twit­ter, where the “Or­phan Black” star was trend­ing in the U.S.

The 29-year-old Regina na­tive is up against some heavy hit­ters in the out­stand­ing lead ac­tress in a drama se­ries cat­e­gory.

Her Emmy com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes Taraji P. Hen­son for “Em­pire,” Claire Danes for “Home­land,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” Vi­ola Davis for “How to Get Away with Mur­der” and Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men.”

Maslany’s co-star, Jor­dan Gavaris, tweeted: “Holy FISHSTICKS! Con­grat­u­la­tions to the hard­est work­ing woman in show busi­ness on her #Em­myNom­i­na­tion! Beam­ing with pride this morn­ing!!!”

Maslany her­self was hum­ble about the news, sim­ply writ­ing on Twit­ter: “#CloneClub & #clones­bians, this bud’s for you. Thanks bud­dies :)”

Maslany has earned le­gions of fans for por­tray­ing 10 clones with vastly dif­fer­ent looks and per­son­al­i­ties on the Space sci-fi hit, which also airs on BBC Amer­ica.

Maslany was one of sev­eral Cana­di­ans nom­i­nated Thurs­day, with oth­ers in­clud­ing Semi Chel­las, Jeremy Podeswa, Michael J. Fox and broth­ers Jeff and My­chael Danna.

Chel­las, from Cal­gary, picked up her fifth Emmy nom­i­na­tion for “Mad Men,” in the best writ­ing in a drama cat­e­gory. It’s the fourth year in a row she earned a nom­i­na­tion.

Toronto-born Podeswa is nom­i­nated in the best di­rec­tion in a drama cat­e­gory for his work on “Game of Thrones.”

Ed­mon­ton na­tive Fox is nom­i­nated in the best guest ac­tor in a drama cat­e­gory for his role on “The Good Wife.”

The Danna broth­ers, who grew up in Toronto, are nom­i­nated for two awards for the pi­lot episode of “Tyrant.” They’re up for the best mu­sic com­po­si­tion for a se­ries and best theme mu­sic awards.

It’s the sec­ond Emmy nom­i­na­tion for Jeff, and the third for My­chael, who in 2013 won an Emmy for the minis­eries “World With­out End” and an Os­car for the “Life of Pi” score.

Home­grown show “De­grassi” also picked up a nom­i­na­tion for best chil­dren’s pro­gram, and “Prop­erty Broth­ers” is up for best struc­tured re­al­ity se­ries.

“Prop­erty Broth­ers” co-star Jonathan Scott was in­stalling cab­i­netry in Scars­dale, N.Y., when his phone be­gan “blow­ing up” with news of his show’s nom­i­na­tion. It was a sim­i­lar sce­nario for his iden­ti­cal twin and co-star Drew, who was work­ing else­where in the state on a ne­go­ti­a­tion for the real es­tate/home reno se­ries.

“My makeup artist was hold­ing my phone and she said: ‘ You have it on vi­brate. It’s been vi­brat­ing non­stop for the last 20 min­utes so you bet­ter check on it,”‘ Drew re­called in a phone in­ter­view Thurs­day from White Plains, N.Y.

“I thought it was my par­ents or some­body mes­sag­ing, but sure enough, it was ev­ery­body un­der the sun who saw the an­nounce­ment. So we’re ex­cited.... It’s quite the hon­our.”

Drew said he was also happy to see Maslany nom­i­nated.

“Ta­tiana is ac­tu­ally a fan of our show. I’ve tweeted with her a lit­tle bit, and, I mean, she fully de­serves that nom­i­na­tion, too. Just a stel­lar ac­tress.”

The Em­mys will be handed out on Sept. 20.


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