The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations have been announced and while there are some surprises to behold, it’s mostly business as usual for networks like HBO and FX, that are used to pulling in the gold statues.
While the Outstanding Comedy category features several long time favorites, namely last year’s winner “Veep” and the Emmy darling, “Modern Family,” its Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” garnering voters attention after the FX series’ recent Golden Globe win.
The multi-talented Glover is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy alongside Anthony Anderson, “Blackish;” Aziz Ansari, “Master of None;” William H. Macy, “Shameless;” Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets;” and Jeffrey Tambor, who has won for the past two years for his role in “Transparent.”
Tambor’s streak has yet to match “Veeps'” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for the past four years. Louis-Dreyfus is joined by Tracee Ellis Ross, “Blackish;” Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie;” Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie;” Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” Allison Janney, “Mom” and Pamela Adlon, “Better Things.”
Unlike its comedy counterpart, the Outstanding Drama category is full of fresh blood. Though mainstays “House of Cards” and “Better Call Saul” both earned nominations, “Game of Thrones'” late start date made space for several new nominees such as, “This is Us,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things.” Notably absent from the list is FX’s “The Americans” which was nominated last year and boasts lead actor nominations for stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russel.
Joining Rhys in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category are Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us,” Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards,” Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan,” Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld,” Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us,” and Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul.”
Along with Russel, the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama category include: Claire Foy, “The Crown,” Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder,” Robin Wright, “House of Cards,” and Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld.”
A complete list of the Emmy nominees can be viewed here.
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and broadcast Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.