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  • by Jeff Beck

Nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown"

The nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have just been announced, and as usual there are plenty of surprises to be found, starting off with the fact that both "Westworld" and "Saturday Night Live" have tied for the most nominations with 22. They were followed at a distance by "Stranger Things" and "Feud: Bette and Joan" with 18.

Of course, there were also many that weren't a surprise in the least, including critically-acclaimed shows like "The Crown" (13), "The Handmaid's Tale" (13), and "This is Us" (11), all of which are considered to be top contenders for the big award of the night, Outstanding Drama Series. With "Game of Thrones" being absent this year, it's something of a toss-up, but if I had to guess, I would say that the excellent Netflix show "The Crown" has the best chance, given its superior writing, directing, and cast (just three of its multiple nominations).

The love for "Westworld" was really quite a surprise. The show was ok, despite the writing being somewhat average, but the Television Academy saw fit to nominate it all over the place, including all four major acting categories, in addition to writing, directing, and cast. Does this mean it has an edge? Perhaps, but several shows got nominated for the major awards (i.e. Series, Writing, Directing, Cast, and individual acting), so all we can really do is guess as to which one they like best.

We'll just have to wait until the ceremony to find out. The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 17th at 8pm (EST) and will air on CBS. Until then, you can see a list of some of the major nominations below and download a complete list as a PDF here.

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


Lead Actor in a Drama

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

Lead Actress in a Drama

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Keri Russell, The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Roy Cephas Jones, This is Us

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

John Lithgow, The Crown

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale

Chrissy Metz, This is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Donal Glover, Atlanta

Zach Galifianakis, Baskets

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Jane Fonda, Grave and Frankie

Allison Janney, Mom

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumpsky, Veep

Kathryn Hahn, Transparent

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

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