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Emmys 2017: Westworld leads nominees

Story by Jack Foley

HBO drama Westworld leads the drama nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards, with a total of 22 nominations.

British stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton are among those shortlisted for acting honours, while the show itself is up for best drama.

Another show to gain 22 nods is the comedy series Saturday Night, while sci-fi drama Stranger Things and real-life drama Feud: Bette and Joan are up for 18 each.

Political comedy Veep follows closely behind with 17 nods.

Other British nominees include Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys, both of whom have two nominations each. Ahmed is shortlisted as outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie for his performance in HBO legal drama The Night Of, as well as outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for Girls.

While Rhys is shortlisted in the same latter category, also for Girls, and as outstanding lead actor in a drama for The Americans.

Ewan McGregor is also among the British hopefuls for his performance(s) in Fargo, in which he plays twin brothers. And Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Sherlock: The Lying Detective.

Other big names on the list include Oscar winner Viola Davis, who is nominated for How To Get Away With Murder, and Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon – both for Big Little Lies, another of HBO’s prized assets.

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, who played Bette Davis and Joan Crawford respectively in Feud: Bette and Joan, will be battling it out again for a trophy, while Robert De Niro is shortlisted for playing fraudster Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies.

Netflix’s celebrated The Crown and sci-fi revival The Handmaid’s Tale – both of which had been expected to be among the top drama contenders – have 13 nominations each.

They include nods for their female stars Claire Foy and Elisabeth Moss, who are both nominated in the best lead actress category, while both are up for best drama series.

And there’s a posthumous nomination for the late Carrie Fisher for her guest role in Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.

Five of the seven nominations for best drama series have gone to new shows, including NBC’s This Is Us, which is the first show from a major broadcast network to be in that category since 2011.

Despite that, HBO remains the highest overall tally with 110 nominations despite the absence of Game of Thrones this year – as its delayed air date rendered it ineligible.

In a victory for streaming services, Netflix came second with 91 nods, while NBC has 60.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Colbert on September 17, 2017.

The main nominees at a glance…

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

Outstanding comedy series
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding lead actor in a drama
Sterling K Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding lead actress in a drama
Claire Foy, The Crown
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud
Susan Sarandon, Feud
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Outstanding limited series
Big Little Lies
The Night Of

Outstanding reality competition series
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Project Runway
The Voice
Top Chef

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 supporting actor in a comedy series
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie
David Thewlis, Fargo
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Alfred Molina, Feud
Stanley Tucci, Feud
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Regina King, American Crime
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Judy Davis, Feud
Jackie Hoffman, Feud
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

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, Veep

Outstanding guest actor in a drama series
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
BD Wong, Mr Robot
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us

Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series
Wanda Sykes, Black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Becky Ann Baker, Girls

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