Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Westworld tops the nominations for Emmys 2017

Westworld tops the nominations for Emmys 2017

This year's Emmy nominations have been announced, and it's good news for science fiction. The premium cable network reigns over its television and streaming rivals with 110 total nominations-thanks to the success of Westworld and The Night Of, and perennial Emmy favorite, Veep. Following close behind is the NBC's "This Is Us" with 11 nominations.

Additionally, Jeffrey Tambor's portrayal of a transgender woman coming out to her adult children in Amazon's Transparent earned the actor a nomination in the Actor, Comedy Series category, and Uzo Aduba received a nomination in the Supporting Actress, Drama Series category for her portrayal of a lesbian in Netflix's Orange is the New Black. King of the anthology series Ryan Murphy scored big with Feud: Bette and Joan, and Donald Glover's acclaimed comedy Atlanta got a couple nods.

Fargo's third installment received 16 total nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, Ewan McGregor for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie; Carrie Coon for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie; and David Thewlis for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Among the actors up for an award are veterans Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Spacey and Robert de Niro.

HBO on top: HBO had the most nominations with 111 - the 17th consecutive year that it has led the pack - but its lead is narrowing.

The best comedy category, however, had just one newcomer - FX's Atlanta - while two-time victor Veep and five-time victor Modern Family were both back.

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HBO (which we count as a streamer, given its availability to cord cutters) is on the board with nominations for "Silicon Valley" and "Veep", which will go up against Netflix's "Master of None" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".

Strong showings by them could indicate that Emmy voters are willing to embrace the achievements of women and people of color as they finally gain a foothold in the TV industry.

Academy chairman and chief executive Hayma Washington joined actress Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series "Veep" and Shemar Moore from CBS' "S.W.A.T.", who read the list of nominees in the Emmys' most prominent categories. Two fiery, politically inclined series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time.

The list of nominees has some extra room this year: HBO's Game of Thrones, last year's top victor with 12 Emmys, including best drama, is ineligible (its new season, arriving Sunday, fell out of the eligibility window, which ended May 31).

NBC's "This is Us" broke an extended drought among broadcast networks by earning a nomination in the outstanding drama series category.

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Newcomers were ready to step in, including breakout series This Is Us.

Among the surprises: Matthew Rhys and Liev Schreiber, both Drama Series nominees, have nods in other categories.

The show's Chrissy Metz and Ron Cephas Jones were nominated in supporting acting categories.

Many freshman TV series are up for an Emmy in the drama category, including "The Handmaid's Tale", "Stranger Things", "The Crown", "Westworld" and "This Is Us".

So did the dystopian Hulu saga "The Handmaid's Tale", including a nomination for star Elisabeth Moss.

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