Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Atlanta FX, And Leslie Jones Score Their First Emmy Nomination

Atlanta FX, And Leslie Jones Score Their First Emmy Nomination

Long-running comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" was showered with love by the Television Academy Thursday after a year of mercilessly spoofing President Donald Trump - receiving 22 Emmy nominations.

"House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, a double Oscar victor who has never won an Emmy, picked up a nomination in the best drama actor category - his 11th nod overall. He also earned nods for directing and writing the Georgia-set comedy. It will be interesting to see if either will walk away with the award. The difference is that the show got a surprising three additional supporting actor nominees, with Leslie Jones, Vanessa Bayer, and Alec Baldwin all joining last year's Supporting Actress victor Kate McKinnon.

According to Forbes, Glover was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Zach Galifianakis (Baskets), William H. Macy (Shameless) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).

In addition to critical acclaim, "Atlanta" has already been an awards magnet, picking up best comedy series statues at the WGA Awards, the PGA Awards, the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes all earlier this year.

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Stranger Things and This Is Us see the light of day under the 'Outstanding Drama Series, ' while Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia go head-to-head for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series'. Fisher is so good in the series, and it's just a great show, overall. While they locked down nominations in a few major acting categories, they were not nominated in any of the best show categories. I'll say this flatly: That shouldn't be. That's a bit unfortunate when looking at how well Netflix did in those categories.

Five SNL hosts were also nominated in the outstanding guest actor/actress categories: Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. The Man in the High Castle also locked up four nominations in technical categories including a nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects.

One of the biggest stories in TV this year was just how many dang people were watching this show that airs live on Saturday nights called Saturday Night Live.

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