HBO kept its place at the top of the Emmy nominations tree with its robot western series Westworld bagging 22 nominations at this year’s event, which saw it tie with comedy show Saturday Night Live for the most nods.
The haul was one fewer nomination than HBO’s usual Emmy juggernaut Game of Thrones managed last year, and was a shock to some observers who predicted a more modest showing from a series that had a mixed reception upon its release.
The show will battle it out for the top honour, outstanding drama series, alongside Better Call Saul, House of Cards, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us. Homeland and The Americans missed out.
Westworld also had a good showing in the acting categories, with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood nominated for best lead actors and Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright recognised in the supporting actor categories.
Saturday Night Live also received 22 nominations, including nods for Alec Baldwin and his impression of Donald Trump, and Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Vanessa Beyer, who were all recognised in the best supporting actress in a comedy series category.
On Thursday morning in Los Angeles, Veep actor Anna Chlumsky and Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore read out the nominations, which was another diverse list following last year’s showing where actors of colour were nominated in all the leading actor categories – which was a first. That feat wasn’t repeated this year, with no actors of colour nominated in the best actress in a limited series of a television musical.
Donald Glover’s Atlanta received nods in best comedy series and best comedy actor for Glover. ABC’s Black-ish is up for best comedy series, and its lead actors Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were both nominated in best comedy actor categories. Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is also up for best comedy, and Ansari for best comedy actor, while HBO’s The Night Of took three nominations.
Viola Davis was nominated again in best actress in a drama series for her role in How To Get Away With Murder, and Sterling K Brown was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his performance in This Is Us.
The only real shocks came in the best talk show category, where Jimmy Fallon missed out and Bill Maher’s Real Talk was nominated despite controversy surrounding the host who used the N-word on the show recently. Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal was also included, while Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee missed out.
Carrie Fisher was also given a posthumous nomination for her role in Catastrophe.