Emmy Nominations: Full of Exciting Inclusions, Infuriating Exclusions, and Barb

It might be hard to take the Primetime Emmy Awards seriously — harder than usual, that is — in a year where people are left Tweeting things like:

Indeed, when This Is Us and House of Cards end up in the Outstanding Drama Series category, and the best-executed, most inventive (well, this is pre Twin Peaks: The Return) drama on television gets nothing except a “Guest Actress — Drama” nomination for the admittedly excellent Ann Dowd, meaning feels a little lost…as it perhaps always should on a ceremony with such a (albeit increasingly less) bland monopoly over nationwide perceptions of TV quality. Oh, and by the way, Insecure also was acknowledged for…nothing whatsoever, while Modern Family still managed to be the least modern show somehow still gaining an Outstanding Comedy series nomination.

But if you can get past the perplexing snubs without completely discrediting this list — or with discrediting it while still being marginally interested — you’ll find some great and/or weird surprises, as well as expected and wholly deserving series/performers/creators/writers etc. getting accolades. Among the exciting nominations on this immense list: love for Stranger Things and particularly Millie Bobby Brown (though, seriously, did Barb really deserve an Emmy nomination? Her death certainly moved many to meme-ing mourning, but did her life…really get shown, like, at all?); nominations for Westworld‘s brilliant performances by Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright; nominations for Donald Glover (and his brother, for writing) and his sometimes-surreal, sometimes-hyperreal Atlanta; the continued recognition of Veep and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh’s brilliance, which will never not deserve Emmy praise; unsurprising nods to chillingly potent prestige hits like The Night Of (speaking of which — two nominations for Riz Ahmed, including for his turn on the otherwise mostly overlooked Girls) and The Handmaid’s Tale, which of course scored nominations for Elisabeth Moss, as well as supporting actress nods for Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd (double Dowds this year!); RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s place within the Reality category (which it admittedly also transcends); double-nominations for Matthew Rhys, who, like Ahmed, was nominated for his brilliant (and troubling) Girls performance; Angela Bassett’s recognition for her guest appearance on Master of None; nominations for Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish and Jane Fonda/Lilly Tomlin for Frankie and Grace in the ever-impressive Comedy Actress category; deserved attention given to Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern for Big Little Lies; Ewan MacGregor’s nod for his twin performances on Fargo, as well as Carrie Coon’s should-have-been-for-The-Leftovers-but-whatever Fargo nomination, not to mention David Thewlis’ nomination for his role as the deeply creepy V.M. Varga on the show; a posthumous nod for Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe; and many many more.

Speaking of which, here’s…almost everything (via the L.A. Times and the New York Times):

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Outstanding Lead actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Claire Foy, The Crown
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Master of None
Silicon Valley
Modern Family

Outstanding Lead actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lilly Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Lead actor in a Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Vanessa Bayer, SNL
Leslie Jones, SNL
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Judith Light, Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, SNL
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
John Lithgow, The Crown
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Limited series
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

Outstanding TV movie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Black Mirror
Wizard of Lies
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

Outstanding Lead actress in a Limited Series/TV movie
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Lead actor in a Limited Series/TV movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of
Robert de Niro, The Wizard of Lies




Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King, American Crime
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud
Judy Davis, Feud
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting actor in a limited series or movie
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of
Stanley Tucci, Feud

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Alison Wright, The Americans
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
BD Wong, Mr. Robot
Dennis O’Hare, This Is Us
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Guest actress in a Comedy Series
Wanda Sykes, black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Becky Ann Baker, Girls
Kristen Wiig, SNL
Melssa McCarthy, SNL

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Riz Ahmed, Girls
Matthew Rhys, Girls
Hugh Laurie, Veep
Dave Chappelle, SNL
Lin-Manuel Miranda, SNL
Tom Hanks, SNL

Outstanding Variety Talk Show
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Real Time with Bill Maher
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show with James Corden
(So basically, everything that isn’t Fallon)

Outstanding Reality competition
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice
Project Runway
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Kevin Kline, Bob’s Burgers
Dee Bradley Baker, American Dad!
Kristen Schaal, Bojack Horseman
Mo Collins, F Is For Family
Nancy Cartwright, The Simpsons
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy

Outstanding Animated program
Bob’s Burgers
South Park
The Simpsons
Elena and the Secret of Avalor

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Stephen Glover, Atlanta
Billy Kimball, Veep (“Georgia”)
David Mandel, Veep (“Groundbreaking”)
Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, Master of None (“Thanksgiving”)
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley (“Success Failure”)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things (“Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers”)
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (“Chicanery”)
Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields, The Americans (“The Soviet Division”)
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Offred Pilot”)
Peter Morgan, The Crown (“Assassins”)
Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan, Westworld (“The Bicameral Mind”)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies
Noah Hawley, Fargo (“The Law of Vacant Places”)
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror (“San Junipero”
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan (“And The Winner Is… (The Oscars Of 1963)”)
Jaffe Cohen, Michael, Michael Zam & Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan (“Pilot”)
Richard Price & Steven Zaillian, The Night Of (“The Call Of The Wild”)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta (“B.A.N.”)
Morgan Sackett, Veep (“Blurb”)
David Mandel, Veep (“Groundbreaking”)
Dale Stern, Veep (“Justice”)
Jamie Babbit, Silicon Valley (“Intellectual Property”)

Directing for a Drama Series
Jonathan Nolan, Westworld (“The Bicameral Mind”)
The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things (“Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers”)
Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul (“Witness”)
Stephen Daldry, The Crown (“Hyde Park Corner”)
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale (“Offred (Pilot)”)
Kate Dennis, The Handmaid’s Tale (“The Bridge”)
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland (“America First”)

Directing For A Limited Series
Noah Hawley, Fargo (“The Law Of Vacant Places”)
Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies
Ryan Murphy, Feud: Bette and Joan (“And The Winner Is… (The Oscars Of 1963)”)
Ron Howard, Genius (“Einstein: Chapter One”)
James Marsh, The Night Of (“The Art Of War”)
Steven Zaillian, The Night Of (“The Beach”)

Check out more of the behind-the-scenes-oriented categories (production design, casting, cinematography, etc.) on Variety.