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Cheers and (a few) boos for today’s Emmy nominations

July 13, 2017

On Sunday, I shared some of my hopes for this year’s Emmy nominations. Most of them, happily, were realized with Thursday’s announcement. Here are my takes on some major categories and performers, followed by a list of nominees in major categories.

Cheers

Sterling K. Brown, in the lead actor category for the first time, was nominated for playing Randall on NBC’s “This Is Us.” He’ll go up against Milo Ventimiglia, who plays his father, Jack.

In the supporting actor category, the great Ron Cephas Jones, who played Randall’s birth father, William, got a nomination. His competitors include John Lithgow, who disappeared into the role of Winston Churchill on Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix photo

St. Louisan Ellie Kemper was nominated again for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” but her almost impossible competition includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, who has won five years in a row.

Aziz Ansari and his “Master of None,” which had a fantastic second season on Netflix, were both nominated in the comedy series and should take this thing home.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” my favorite thing on television all year, landed 13 nominations, including for drama series and for lead actress, Elisabeth Moss. Two standout supporting players were also nominated, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia and Samira Wiley as Moira.

In addition to the nomination for Moss, Carrie Coon was singled out for the final season of “The Leftovers” on HBO. What’s more, Coon was nominated in a different category, lead actress in a limited series, for FX’s “Fargo.”

Oprah Winfrey, who wasn’t that good in HBO’s disappointing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” didn’t crowd out a more worthy contender in the very competitive lead actress in a limited series or movie category.

Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” broke into the late night variety-talk category.

In this March 31, 2017 photo released by CBS, host Stephen Colbert appears on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in New York. Colbert won in the Nielsen company’s ratings for the ninth consecutive time last week, his margin of 400,000 viewers the widest lead since the CBS star overtook Fallon with a sharp concentration on politics. Fallon aired a rerun Friday, otherwise the shows were all fresh last week. (Richard Boeth/CBS via AP)

Boos

Issa Rae of HBO’s “Insecure” didn’t get the comedy lead actress nomination she deserved.

In the comedy series category, ABC’s “Speechless” was overlooked. Could “Modern Family,” long past its prime, have taken the newcomer’s place?

I’m not a fan of including “Saturday Night Live” players in the comedy series category, but they dominated the supporting actor and actress races. And, contrary to my prediction, the legendary Rita Moreno did not get a nomination for Netflix’s strong “One Day at a Time” reboot.

This May 3, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Seth Meyers at his desk during a taping of, “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” in New York. Meyers devotes up to 12 minutes of air time, three to four days a week, about the Trump Administration with a segment called A Closer Look. (Lloyd Bishop/NBC via AP)

Seth Meyers, who is doing terrific work on NBC’s “Late Night,” didn’t get a nomination, while James Corden’s competing “Late Late Show” (which seems stuck in a rut) did.

Nominees in major categories

DRAMA SERIES

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

“This Is Us” (NBC)

“Westworld” (HBO)

COMEDY SERIES

“Atlanta” (FX)

“Black-ish” (ABC)

“Master of None” (Netflix)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Veep” (HBO)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)

Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)

Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)

Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)

Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)

Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)

Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)

William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)

Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)

Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)

Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)

Allison Janney (“Mom”)

Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

LIMITED SERIES

“Big Little Lies” (HBO)

“Fargo” (FX)

“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

“The Night Of” (HBO)

“Genius” (National Geographic)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

“Black Mirror: San Junipero”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love”

“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks”

“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)”

“The Wizard Of Lies”

ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)

Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)

Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)

Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)

John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE

Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”)

Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)

Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)

Jessica Lange (“Feud”)

Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)

Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

John Lithgow (“The Crown”)

Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)

Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)

Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)

David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)

Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)

Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Ann Dowde (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)

Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)

Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)

Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)

Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Tony Hale (“Veep”)

Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Vanessa Beyer (“Saturday Night Live”)

Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)

Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

Judith Light (“Transparent”)

Katheryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

VARIETY TALK SERIES

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

“Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)

“Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

REALITY COMPETITION

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)