We’re polishing our tiaras, as the 2017 primetime Emmy Awards will be going off on Monday morning (our time). It’s going to be a long night for all concerned, with a whole lot of categories – and likely tired and emotional acceptance speeches – to get through.
We’ve listed the major nominations below, along with a few thoughts/predictions/smart-arse comments. Unlike many entertainment forums, we’re not going to try to convince you that we’ve seen every single thing on the list and know each of them intimately, so there will be bias.
Just quickly though, the Aussie Alert: Judy Davis, Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush all got Emmy noms. Oi, oi, oi, etc.
Also, all opinions are those of Amy, despite her annoying habit of writing in the third person (drummed into her by stuffier editors of the past). So, if you disagree with something, please blame her, not STACK.
Righty-oh, Emmy time – let’s go!
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
This Is Us
Observations: Where we are reminded of the great void between the drama and comedy categories – where the ace Stranger Things sits. Better Call Saul remained unmissable in its third season, while House of Cards is still stunning. But will newcomer Westworld with its zillions of noms (OK, 22) be the new cleaner-upper in town? Oh, and where’s The Leftovers?
Outstanding Comedy Series
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Observations: Modern Family is still running?! Oops, sorry. Silicon Valley is our fave here, but then so is Kimmy – and Veep. All very different but very funny takes on comedy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine should be in here, too.
Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies
The Night Of
Observations: The Night Of knocked our socks off. Our feet remain cold. But then, after a slow start, Fargo’s third go around was riveting.
Outstanding Television Movie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Wizard of Lies
Observations: Charlie Brooker’s sublime Black Mirror is nominated for the ‘San Junipero’ episode – that’s no surprise. If there’s any justice left in this gosh-forsaken world it will take home a shiny golden thing. Sorry Dolly.
Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Observations: We politely recuse ourselves from discussing reality TV, as we kind of don’t get it. We’re not bagging it, it’s just not our thing.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher
Observations: Our nephew calls him the ‘Funny man with glasses’ as he rushes to the other room at breakneck speed to watch more Oggy. He’s John Oliver, and we want him to win – despite his crap-crazy short stand-up gig last year at the Palais that cost as an arm, a leg, and a week of flu from braving the driving rain.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Billy on the Street
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show
Observations: It seems that Donald Drumpf is the best thing to happen to Saturday Night Live in years, regenerating it in the eyes of public and critics alike. 22 nominations in its 42nd year is pretty impressive.
Outstanding 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
Observations: Back to the serious stuff, we have our favourites here – Robin Wright and Keri Russell – but all comers are deserving. We think.
Outstanding 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
Observations: We’re tempted to say Liev just because we LOVE Ray Donovan, but then Bob is amazing as Saul Goodman, and big Kev just gets more deliciously contemptible the longer that House of Cards runs.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Carrie Coon – Fargo
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies
Observations: Sorry Nic, with amazing performances in Fargo AND the total snubberama of The Leftovers, this one’s Ms Coon’s.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Robert De Niro – Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor – Fargo
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
John Turturro – The Night Of
Observations: With this category and the one above, we had to check if these were actually Oscar noms. TV is the new movie, and how do you choose here? McGregor plays two characters in Fargo, but Turturro in The Night Of would be our pick.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney – Mom
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie
Observations: Lots to love, but go Kimmy, go Kimmy, go Kimmy! We’re pretty sure that even JLD would agree that she has enough shiny things already.
Outstanding 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
Observations: Aziz Ansari, come on down! Along with Donald Glover, as this should be a tie if there’s any justice in the world.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Chrissy Mets – This Is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Observations: Showing nothing but pure, unadulterated bias, Millie should nab this one. But we’re thinking we need to slot The Handmaid’s Tale somewhere into our teev schedule.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
John Lithgow – The Crown
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Michael Kelly – House of Cards
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Ron Cephas – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld
Observations: Jonathan Banks balances menace with likeability to perfection in BCS, but is it Doug Stamper’s time? He balances menace with lik- no he doesn’t, he’s as creepy-as.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Bayer – Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Hahn – Transparent
Judith Light – Transparent
Anna Chlumsky – Veep
Observations: We’re guessing somebody from SNL will get this. Hopefully Kate, as she’s wonderfully weird-as. Sucks to be Anna Chlumsky this year.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson – Baskets
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale – Veep
Matt Walsh – Veep
Observations: Titus is a hoot-laden cack in Kimmy, but Tony Hale weirds us out in all the right ways in Veep. Either way we’d be happy.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina Kind – American Crime
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies
Judy Davis – Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman – Feud: Bette and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer – Wizard of Lies
Observations: Look at those names! Parochial time: Go Jude!
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Alexander Skarsgard – Big Little Lies
David Thewlis – Fargo
Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci – Feud: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp – The Night Of
Michael K Williams – The Night Of
Observations: Seriously, if you’ve experienced Thewlis in Fargo you’d have to swing his way, regardless of how grossed-out he made you feel. Those teeth, the pure creepiness – a damned fine performance.That’s our – well, Amy’s – quick look at the Emmy noms. Please let us know your Emmy thoughts on our usual social channels. What was snubbed, what was a surprise, what should win – what should have won (once they’ve been and gone) – you know the drill.