“SNL,” “West­world” top field with 22 Emmy nom­i­na­tions

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Lynn El­ber

LOS AN­GE­LES» “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, gen­der­bust­ing 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 Thurs­day, to jointly top the field for the 69th Prime­time Em­mys to be pre­sented in Septem­ber.

Net­flix big-shoul­dered the best drama cat­e­gory with three con­tenders, “The Crown, “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things,” a best-ever to­tal for stream­ing as its plat­forms grow in strength and com­pete with broad­cast and ca­ble.

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 its nom­i­nated co-cre­ator, Aziz An­sari, and “black-ish.” The TV academy noted that the ma­jor­ity of nom­i­nated writ­ers are peo­ple of color.

The drama field opened up with the ab­sence of HBO’s dom­i­nant “Game of Thrones,” which aired out­side the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow for Emmy con­sid­er­a­tion.

The nom­i­nees

Par­tial list of nom­i­nees for the an­nual Prime­time Emmy Awards, an­nounced Thurs­day by the Academy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sci­ences. For the com­plete list, visit Den­ver­Post.com: Com­edy Series: “At­lanta,” “black-ish,” “Mas­ter Of None,” “Mod­ern Fam­ily,” “Sil­i­con Val­ley,” “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt,” “Veep.”

Drama Series: “Bet­ter Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “The Hand­maid’s Tale,” “House Of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us,” “West­world.”

Ac­tor, Drama Series: Matthew Rhys, “The Amer­i­cans”; Bob Odenkirk, “Bet­ter Call Saul”; Kevin Spacey, “House Of Cards”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Dono­van”; Ster­ling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Milo Ven­timiglia, “This Is Us”; An­thony Hop­kins, “West­world.”

Sup­port­ing Ac­tor, Drama Series: Jonathan Banks, “Bet­ter Call Saul”; John Lith­gow, “The Crown”; Mandy Patinkin, “Home­land”; Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”; David Har­bour, “Stranger Things”; Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”; Jef­frey Wright, “West­world.”

Ac­tress, Drama Series: Keri Rus­sell, “The Amer­i­cans”; Claire Foy, “The Crown”; Elis­a­beth Moss, “The Hand­maid’s Tale”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards”; Vi­ola Davis, “How to Get Away With Mur­der”; Evan Rachel Wood, “West­world.”

Sup­port­ing Ac­tress, Drama Series: Ann Dowd, “The Hand­maid’s Tale”; Samira Wi­ley, “The Hand­maid’s Tale”; Uzo Aduba, “Or­ange Is The New Black”; Mil­lie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”; Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”; Thandie New­ton, “West­world.”

Ac­tor, Com­edy Series: Don­ald Glover, “At­lanta”; Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, “Bas­kets”; An­thony An­der­son, “black-ish”; Aziz An­sari, “Mas­ter of None”; Wil­liam H. Macy, “Shame­less”; Jef­frey Tam­bor, “Trans­par­ent.”

Sup­port­ing Ac­tor, Com­edy Series: Louie An­der­son, “Bas­kets”; Ty Bur­rell, “Mod­ern Fam­ily”; Alec Baldwin, “Satur­day Night Live”; Ti­tuss Burgess, “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt”; Tony Hale, “Veep”; Matt Walsh, “Veep.”

Ac­tress, 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.”

Sup­port­ing Ac­tress, Com­edy Series: Vanessa Bayer, “Satur­day Night Live”; Leslie Jones, “Satur­day Night Live”; Kate McKin­non, “Satur­day Night Live”; Kathryn Hahn, “Trans­par­ent”; Ju­dith Light, “Trans­par­ent”; Anna Ch­lum­sky, “Veep.”

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