The 2017 Emmy Award nominations were announced overnight with a number of SBS favourites receiving MANY nominations.
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SBS Guide

14 Jul 2017 - 8:48 AM  UPDATED 14 Jul 2017 - 10:29 AM

The 2017 Emmy Award nominations have been announced overnight. While the nominations had its usual assortment of expected nominees and surprise snubs (they overlooked Oprah?), this years announcement was notable for the number of new series that have been nominated this year.

As Twin Peaks and last years Outstanding Drama Series winner Game of Thrones were not eligible for nomination this year, it opened the door to new shows like This Is UsThe Handmaid’s TaleThe CrownWestworld, and Stranger Things. 

Genre show Westworld and the again very fashionable Saturday Night Live tied for the most nominations, each earning 22. 

We pride ourselves at SBS on curating the world's finest series, so it should come as no surprise that SBS and SBS VICELAND shows were heavily represented in this years nominations. 

The Handmaid's Tale has been a strong favourite of critics this year and is considered a strong contender in the Outstanding Drama Series. Series star Elisabeth Moss was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, while co-stars Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley were both nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Former Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel received an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination for what many have deemed to be a career best performance. Showrunner Bruce Miller received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for his work on the phenomenal pilot episode. Directors Reed Morano and Kate Miller were both nominated for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series for their respective episodes 'Pilot' and 'The Bridge'.

The series was also nominated for casting, cinematography, costuming, visual effects, and production design awards.

Ground-breaking comedy Atlanta also received several nominations, with the show nominated for the Outstanding Comedy series award. Series star and creator Donald Glover was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series in addition to being nominated in the Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series categories. His brother, Stephen Glover, was also nominated for a writing award for the show. Atlanta received a nomination for casting - a well-deserved nomination considering how many new and diverse faces the series has brought to television through its first season.

The third series of Fargo saw not only a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series, but also series creator and showrunner Noah Hawley receive a nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Limited Series. Ewan McGregor was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series category for playing brothers Ray and Emmit Stussy. We reckon he deserves two statues if he wins. The fabulous Carrie Coon received an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. While it's not an SBS show, quietly we're disappointed she wasn't also nominated for The Leftovers. David Thewlis was nominated for his role as the menacing VM Varga in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Limited Series category. 

Fargo was nominated in the casting, cinematography, single-camera picture editing, hair-styling, music composition, sound editing, and sound mixing technical categories. 

One of our favourite shows each week is the topical news comedy show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. This year the series picked up nominations for Outstanding Variety Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. Director Paul Pennolino was also nominated for an Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special award for the Full Frontal special event 'Not The White House Correspondence Dinner'. The writing team picked up a nomination for the special, along with a nomination for the production design.

Brooklyn Nine Nine shared some Emmy love with just one nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Special. We don't know which stunt got the show across the line, but we're sure it was with hilarious consequence.

Two shows running on SBS received nominations for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, with the hilarious Billy on The Street and Drunk History both recognised in the category. 

Viceland series Gaycation with Ellen Page received a nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. 

Comedian Stephen Colbert will host the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday, 17 September (18 September in Australia).

For a full list of the nominees, visit the official Emmys site. Here is a selection of the notable nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable
Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
John Lithgow (The Crown)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
Hank Azaria (Ray Donovan)
Gerald McRaney (This Is Us)
B.D. Wong (Mr. Robot)
Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us)
Denis O’Hare (This Is Us)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away With Murder)
Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black)
Shannon Purser (Stranger Things)
Alison Wright (The Americans)
Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Ann Dowd (The Leftovers)

Outstanding Limited Series or Movie

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

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)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
John Turturro (The Night Of)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Stanley Tucci (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King (American Crime)
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Jackie Hoffman (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
Judy David (Feud: Bette and Joan)
Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)

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)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)
Judith Light (Transparent)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Matthew Rhys (Girls)
Riz Ahmed (Girls)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Saturday Night Live)
Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
Tom Hanks (Saturday Night Live)
Hugh Laurie (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)
Becky Ann Baker (Girls)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)
Carrie Fisher (Catastrophe)
Angela Bassett (Master of None)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Reality Competition

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

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

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show