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It’s that time of year again! The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning by Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Ryan Eggold of “The Blacklist”.
For those of you aren’t familiar with the awards, the Emmys are the most prestigious awards for the medium of television. With dozens of excellent shows airing via streaming, cable, and premium television networks, the bar is higher than ever for television artists to reach.
Unsurprisingly, several of our favorite actors received nominations.
Here’s a full rundown of all the nominees we’re rooting for:
Critical darling and cultural phenomenon Atlanta received its second nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for its second season. Likewise Black-ish received its third consecutive nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for it’s fourth season while also being the only network series nominated in the category. The other nominees aren’t even funny so we’re scratching our heads at there existence.
Lead Actor, Drama
Last year’s winner in this category Sterling K. Brown is nominated again for his work in This Is Us. Jeffrey Wright is also nominated for the first time for his work in the second season of Westworld. We’ve personally been sleeping on Westworld because westerns are boring. #alltea #noshade
Lead Actress, Drama
So Viola was shut out of the category this year and the only nominee of note is Sandra Oh, who is the first Asian woman to be nominated in this category for her work in Killing Eve. Our guess is there’s only room for one woman of color in this category.
Lead Actor, Comedy
Last year’s winner Donald Glover and 4-time-nominee Anthony Anderson are both nominated again for their work in Atlanta and Blackish respectively and it’s guaranteed to go to either one of them. We’ve never heard of the other nominees but good luck I guess.
Lead Actress, Comedy
Tracee Ellis Ross is nominated in the category for the 3rd time for Black-ish while Issa Rae received her first nomination for her funny-yet vulnerable acting work in Insecure, the show she co-created, writes and produces.
Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie
John Legend received an (obviously) token minority nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Aaaaaand we don’t know what else to say about this….soooo…yeah….
Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie
Regina King also received a token minority nomination for Seven Seconds a Netflix show that no one watched but we’re happy she’s getting some love even though a win isn’t happening for her.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series
No one of note honestly…so we’re skipping this one.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Thandie Newton is nominated again for Westworld in this category and looking at her fellow nominees, she definitely has a chance of claiming the award this year.
Supporting Actor Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry FINALLY gets an Emmy nomination for his work in Atlanta. Seriously, he’s amazing. Watch the show just for him if you have to. He’s that good. And the best thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Burgess, received yes another nomination for his work as well. #YAAAAAS! Kenan Thompson is nominated too, making this category the one with the most black nominees.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Leslie Jones and Zazie Beetz are nominated for Saturday Night Live and Atlanta. We’re especially happy for Beetz, since this is her first nomination. This category is packed, but we’re hoping for a win in this category.
Supporting Actor, Limited Series
It seems like the limited series categories are full of token minority nominations, with Brandon Victor Dixon getting nominated for you guessed it, Jesus Christ Superstar. Good luck!
Supporting Actress Limited Series
Disney’s newest princess Letitia Wright received an Emmy nomination for her work in Black Mirror. Adina Porter, a woman whose name you may not recognize, but whose work you’re likely familiar with, was also nominated, but for the most recent season of American Horry Story which we haven’t watched since season 3 tbh…
There are many, many more people nominated that we don’t have the time (or energy tbh) to commentate on, but here are the categories and nominees we’re also going to be paying attention to:
Guest Actor Drama Series
Ron Cephus Jones for “This Is Us”
Guest Actress Drama Series
Viola Davis for Scandal
Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away With Murder
Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale
Guest Actor Comedy Series
Sterling K. Brown for Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Donald Glover for Saturday Night Live
Kat Williams for Atlanta
Guest Actress Comedy Series
Tiffany Haddish for Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph for The Good Place
Wanda Sykes for Black-ish
Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover for Atlanta, (“Alligator Man”)
Stephani Robinson for Atlanta, (“Barbershop”)
Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover for Atlanta (“FUBU”)
Congratulations to all the nominees. We’re looking forward to watching and reporting the results of the awards in September. While I’m happy that the acting categories are full of beautiful black faces, I was quite disappointed to see only 3 nominations for writing and directing being awarded (2 of which are for Donald Glover).
Despite this, as always, we’re rooting for everyone black.
What do you all think of the nominations? Let us know in the comments.