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HBO, Netflix lead Emmy nominations

MUMBAI: ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Westworld’ led the tally for the most nominations (22) in all categories of the 69th Emmy Awards. They were followed by ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ (18) and ‘Veep’ (17). Leading the nominations in totals by platform were HBO (110), Netflix (91) and NBC (60).

The nominations ceremony was hosted by Television Academy chairman, CEO Hayma Washington along with Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series ‘Veep’ and Shemar Moore from CBS’ ‘S.W.A.T.’

“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth. The Emmy Awards competition experienced a 15 per cent increase in submissions for this year’s initial nomination round of online voting. The creativity and excellence in presenting great storytelling and characters across a multitude of ever-expanding entertainment platforms is staggering.

“This sweeping array of television shows ranges from familiar favourites like ‘blackish’ and ‘House of Cards’ to nominations newcomers like ‘Westworld’, ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Atlanta’. The power of television and its talented performers – in front of and behind the camera – enthrall a worldwide audience. We are thrilled to once again honour the very best that television has to offer,” said Washington.

This year’s seven Drama Series nominees include five first-timers distributed across broadcast, cable and digital platforms: ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘The Crown’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Westworld’.

Nominations were also spread over distribution platforms in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, with newcomer Atlanta joined by ‘black-ish’, ‘Master of None’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Silicon Valley’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Veep’.

First-time Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia was joined in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category by Sterling K. Brown, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey. Other notable nominations included Lead Actress in a Drama in which first-time nominee Claire Foy joins nominees Viola Davis, Elisabeth Moss, Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood and Robin Wright.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series included first-time nominee Donald Glover, new nominee in this category, Zach Galifianakis, joining Anthony Anderson, and Emmy winners Aziz Ansari, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Tambor.

Counterpart nominees in the Lead Actress in a Comedy were Pamela Adlon, Jane Fonda, Allison Janney, Ellie Kemper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin. Multiple nominees included Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed, Ty Burrell, Alec Baldwin, Ann Dowd, Donald Glover, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Rhys and Liev Schreiber.

Five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow received his 12th nomination, three-time Emmy winner Jessica Lange received another nomination for ‘FEUD: Bette and Joan’, while first-time Emmy nominees in the Limited Series or Movie categories included Robert De Niro, Carrie Coon and Reese Witherspoon.

Final-round online voting begins 14 August 2017.

The 69 Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on 17 September in the US on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. The 69th Emmy Awards is produced by White Cherry Entertainment. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers; Weiss is director; and Chris Licht, executive producer of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ is a producer.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air on 16 September on FXX.