Emmys! Big Surprises, Star Reax, and the Real-Life Husband & Wife Both Nominated
The nominations are in for TV's biggest night! Keep reading to find out who scored the most Emmy nods, the real-life husband and wife who both were nominated, and the overachievers who nabbed two nominations this year.
HBO's newcomer “Westworld” tied NBC's juggernaut “Saturday Night Live” with 22 nominations each, while Netflix's spooky hit “Stranger Things” and FX's docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” were close behind with 18.
“This Is Us” proved to be another new Emmy darling with 11 nods, while also breaking an Outstanding Drama dry spell for network TV. The last network show to be nominated in the category was “The Good Wife” in 2011.
“This Is Us” will face off in the Outstanding Drama category against "Better Call Saul," "The Crown," "House of Cards," "Stranger Things," "Westworld" and "The Handmaid's Tale."
Other nominations for “This Is Us" include lead actor Sterling K. Brown, lead actor Milo Ventimiglia, supporting actress Chrissy Metz, and supporting actor Ron Cephas Jones.
Meanwhile, real-life married couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy can celebrate — she was nominated for “American Crime” and he nabbed a nom for “Shameless.”
Several stars landed two nominations for their acting abilities, including Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers” and “The Handmaids Tale”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of” and “Girls”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans” and “Girls”) and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family” and “Boondoggle”).
Many of the stars shared their excitement with “Extra.” Watch the video and read their reactions below:
Allison Janney, “Mom”: “I am thrilled and grateful to get this nomination for 'Mom'! It's a show I couldn't be more proud to be a part of.”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”: “It's an honor to once again be recognized by the Television Academy for playing a character as complex as Maura Pfefferman on a groundbreaking show like 'Transparent.' I share this nomination with our fearless creative team led by the great Jill Soloway, and this glorious cast, who encourage me to do my best work every day. I am so excited about our 7 nominations, particularly for Judith and Kathryn, my incredible co-stars.”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “I am so honored to be included in this extraordinary group of women. And I am very grateful to Robert, Tina, and all of our cast and crew who make my job so pleasant. Go Russia! I mean, go USA!”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “I'm continuously blown away by our show's talent in front of and behind the camera, and this season is no exception. It's truly an honor to be recognized alongside such an incredible cast and crew. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to our UKS family, and thank you Beyoncé.”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”: "The day I read John Wells' pilot for 'Shameless' I knew I was in for a wild ride, and here we are eight years later and I'm still playing Frank Gallagher, whom I love so much I'd give him my liver. Not only do I get to go to the Emmys to see all my pals, I'll do it with Felicity Huffman on my arm. Life is sweet."
Dan Fogelman, “This Is Us”: "For our show to even be in a general conversation with these other stellar programs — it's beyond our wildest dreams. I'm proud of every member of our cast and crew - whether nominated or not. It's the most talented group of people I've ever worked with, and it's so exciting to see such incredibly nice things happen to such incredibly nice people. It will be depressing when I realize my tuxedo doesn't fit anymore, but this eases the blow."
RuPaul, “RuPaul's Drag Race”: "I want to thank the Academy for honoring the entire cast and crew of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' my family at World of Wonder, and our champions at VH1. It takes a village, people! Their creativity and dedication to telling the stories of our brave and talented queens never ceases to amaze, amuse and inspire.”
Mark Burnett, MGM TV: “We are absolutely thrilled with this morning's announcement of a record 47 Emmy nominations for MGM Television. MGM TV has consistently put out hit shows, from some of the year's top-rated reality series, to the most talked about dramas. We are enormously proud of our lineup of ground-breaking shows, and the best team in the industry, whose passion makes moments such as this morning possible.”
Matt and Ross Duffer, “Stranger Things”: “Wow this is just unbelievable! Thank you so so much to the Academy for this incredible honor and for all the love you gave 'Stranger Things.' We are so proud to be in the company of such inspiring artists. We couldn't have done this without our amazing producers, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, and everyone at Netflix, who always believed in this project and took a crazy chance on us. It is especially meaningful to share these nominations with so many people from our cast and crew, who have become like family to us. Special shout-outs to our Chief, David Harbour; the prodigy, Millie Bobby Brown; and, of course, to Barb herself, Shannon Purser! Gone but never forgotten!”