The 2017 Emmy Awards nominations are out! It was a big year for Netflix, who doubled their nominations from the previous year and caught up to HBO. This is due to their surge in high quality original programming with shows like Stranger Things and The Crown, in addition to long-running top performers like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. The 2017 nominees also reflect a more diverse pool of talent than past years, with people of color nabbing 30 nominations. Shows like Black-ish and Atlanta led the way.
Best Drama Series nominees are Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, This Is Us, Stranger Things, and Westworld. Actresses up for the top prize in drama are Claire Foy (The Crown), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder). Actors nominated are 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), and everybody’s favorite member of the Big 3 from This is Us, Sterling K. Brown.
The nominations for Best Comedy Series are particularly diverse, with Atlanta, Black-ish, and Master of None leading the charge. Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep are also in the running. Funny ladies up for the top acting prize in comedy are Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Allison Janney (Mom), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), and the hilarious Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish). The actors up for the award are Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Zach Galifianakis (Baskets), Donald Glover (Atlanta), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).
Other nominations of note
Uzo Aduba is up for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series once again for her work on Orange is the New Black. OITNB alum Samira Wiley is up for the same award for her performance in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Leslie Jones scored a Best Supporting Actress nom for her work on SNL. The man who brings the uniquely hilarious character Titus Andromedon to life on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess, is up for Best Supporting Actor.
Best Guest Actress in Drama nominees include Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black and Cicely Tyson from How to Get Away With Murder. Wanda Sykes scored a nom for Best Guest Actress in Comedy for her appearance on Black-ish. Dave Chappelle received one for his appearance on SNL.
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 17, 2017. Stephen Colbert will host and the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS. Who are you rooting for to win?