Emmy Nominations 2017: Did Your Favorite Make the Cut?

After months of speculation, voting and industry expert predictions, this year's Emmy nominations were announced in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon and contained few surprises, although there were a few noticeable snubs.

With Game of Thrones not eligible this year, space was made for some freshman entries including Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's The Crown and Stranger Things, HBO's Westworld and NBC's smash hit This Is Us all earning a spot alongside returning shows, House of Cards and Better Call Saul.

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For Comedy Series, HBO scored again with Veep (which has the most nominations for a comedy series) alongside Atlanta, Black-ish, Silicon Valley, Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Modern Family.  It was a surprise to see the ABC hit back in the fold as many thought it had had its day and more current shows such as Transparent or Speechless would be honoured.

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NBC's Saturday Night Live received 22 nominations. The celebrated sketch show (now in its 42nd year) has benefited greatly from the current administration, mining some of the most (painfully) hilarious TV and viral moments this year with Alec Baldwin's recurring role as Donald Trump bagging him a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nod.

Melissa McCarthy's awe-inspiring turn as Press Secretary Sean Spicer has earned her a nomination and certainly helped put SNL back on the map in terms of social media with her first appearance raking up 28m+ views on YouTube alone. In the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, three of the SNL regular players, Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and last year's winner Kate McKinnon, all picked up nods. While McKinnon was expected, it was a pleasant surprise to see the underrated Bayer (especially as the past season was her last) gain recognition.

In the acting categories it was great to see nominations for the remarkable Elisabeth Moss for Best Actress in a Drama series for The Handmaid's Tale but also for her co-stars Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley (both nominated for Supporting Actress in a Drama). Stranger Things breakout star Millie Bobby Brown was also nominated in this category however her co-star Winona Ryder was one of the biggest snubs with the Academy opting to nominate meme sensation, Shannon Purser (Barb) for Guest Actress in a Drama Series. More satisfying was the inclusion of the great David Harbour for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.  

Westworld and This is Us both did exceptionally well with acting nods for the majority of lead performers and key supporting players. For comedy actress it was great to see Lily Tomlin back again for Grace & Frankie but also her co-lead Jane Fonda as it never felt right having one in there without the other although I would have, perhaps, moved Ellie Kemper out for Minnie Driver, who's work in Speechless has been hilarious, heartfelt and important.

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For Best Limited Series, the battle is between Ryan Murphy's exquisite Feud: Bette & Joan, that served as the perfect showcase for the many talents of stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon and a searing examination of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, and HBO's masterful, deeply moving Big Little Lies.  Big Little Lies, produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, was the television event of the year but it's entirely satisfying (and long overdue) that two shows where complex, three dimensional women are front and centre, are lauded. The Best Actress in a Limited Series category is an embarrassment of riches with any of the dynamic nominees deserving of the award. 

For a full list of nominees click HERE 

The 69th Annual Emmy Awards will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and broadcast live on September 17th 2017.