by TRN Writers,
The 69th Annual Emmy Awards watch is now officially on with an early morning announcement of what shows and actors are up for the coveted prize.
Actor Shemar Moore as one of the representatives given the honor of announcing the honorees had his work cut out for him since this year’s list was a long one. The Emmy ballot was bigger this year thanks no doubt to additional shows from streaming services like Netflix.. According to Variety, the largest category goes to “Drama series” which served up a total of 180. The competition is fierce in the best actor in a drama category with a total of 140 submissions. The “best actress” in a drama series has fewer submissions, but it is still a crowded field with a total of 113.
Speaking of best actresses, there are some names that are sure-wins to land nominations. Not only does actress Viola Davis know “How to Get Away with Murder” as the lead on ABC’s hit show, she also knows how to turn in a performance that is certain to win her praise. This is the third year in a row Davis’ portrayal of the killer attorney ‘Analise Keating’ has earned her a nom in the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series”. Davis won the category two years ago and is the only African American actress nominated in this category for 2017.
Pretty much the same story on the testosterone filled-side of the ballot with only one African American being nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama series. That honor goes to Sterling K. Brown for his role as ” Randall Pearson” on the hit NBC show “This Is Us.” This is Brown’s first nomination for his role on the series, but he snagged an Emmy last year for role as attorney ‘Christopher Darden’ in the limited series “The People v O.J. Simpson”.
In the category for comedies, actress Tracee Ellis Ross and her “Black-ish” co-star Anthony Anderson are both nominated again for the second year in a row. The three-year old ABC comedy has been a hit with audiences and critics as it brings topics that Black families face in these modern times into the mainstream. The show has been honored as a winner of The NAACP Image Award and nominated in the past for The Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.
Vying head-to-head with Anderson in best actor on a comedy category is Donald Glover for his groundbreaking show “Atlanta”. Glover not only stars in the series, but is also the creator. The show centers around two cousins trying to break into the rap industry in Atlanta. The show premiered on FX last year and has already nabbed two Golden Globe Awards —one for Best TV Series and the second award was Best Actor for Glover.
Making the nominees list for Supporting Actress /Actor in a Drama are Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us). Also nominated in this category are Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright for their work on the wildly popular “Westworld”. The HBO series is based on the 1973 movie that brings the wild west to science fiction. The story revolves around a technologically advanced theme park where high-paying guests live out their fantasies as provided by android hosts. It’s all depraved fun and games for the human guests until the android hosts become self-aware. Newton and Wright delivered two of the most amazing performances on a show that set a new high bar standard for captivating TV. “Westworld” has set itself apart with a spectacular story, stunning visuals and special effects and a stellar cast. “Westworld” dominated in nominations its first trip to the Emmys with a total of 22 noms. The only other show to earn that many nominations this year is NBC’s staple show “Saturday Night Live”.
In the Supporting Actress/Actor in a Comedy category are Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) and Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
Regina King also earned a nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her work on the gritty series “American Crime”.
For the last few years, Shonda Rhymes’ shows have always brought a strong showing, but it is noticeable that perennial nominee “Scandal” is left out this year along with Fox’s “Empire”. Both shows remain fan favorites and hold solid ratings.
Congratulations to all the nominees. If you want to see the complete list of nominees, follow this link to Variety.com.
The 69th Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on September 17th.