There was a lot of talk about how The Television Academy would handle the absence of Game of Thrones. It appears they replaced the HBO giant with equally prestigious series Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale, both of which were nominated in several categories.
The first name out of the gate was Viola Davis for lead actress in a drama as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder. Davis will have a tough road to another win, as she’s facing off against Robin Wright (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Keri Russell (The Americans), Claire Foy (The Crown) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) in perhaps the most competitive category.
Among Westworld’s other nominations were nods for supporting actor in a drama for Jeffrey Wright, supporting actress in a drama for Thandie Newton and best drama.
Comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live received several nominations in the supporting categories for cast members including Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones. Alec Baldwin got a supporting actor in a comedy nod for his work as Donald Trump. Among the hosts nominated in the guest acting categories were Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.
Netflix was acknowledged for its hit series including Uzo Aduba for supporting actress in a drama and Laverne Cox for guest actress in a drama for Orange is the New Black. Master of None’s Aziz Ansari was recognized for lead actor in a comedy and writing in a comedy for the episode Thanksgiving.
In addition to best drama, breakout hit Stranger Things also received nods for Millie Bobby Brown as supporting actress in a drama, Shannon Purser as guest actress in a drama and David Harbour as supporting actor in a drama.
It’s been an especially good month for Riz Ahmed. In addition to his invitation to the Motion Picture Academy, he is now a double Emmy nominee for his lead role in the limited series The Night Of and his guest role on Girls.
And of course the multi-talented Donald Glover was nominated for acting in, writing and directing Atlanta.
The full list of nominees is available at Emmys.com.
The 69th Primetime Emmys hosted by Stephen Colbert airs Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS.
So which nominees are you most excited about? What snubs are you most upset about?