"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story", a TV mini-series exploring racial tensions that strained the criminal justice system 20 years before Black Lives Matter, dominated the Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday along with HBO's medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones". Lemonade is eligible for the coveted award because it premiered on HBO in April. The streaming giant's next two best performers were "Making A Murderer" and "What Happened, Miss Simone?", which each earned six each, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, respectively. Kate McKinnon landed an outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her memorable season. If the pendulum swings the latter direction, it could mean nominations for "The Good Wife" and "Downton Abbey", which both concluded their runs earlier this year. The well-reviewed espionage thriller was due for a major bump up in recognition, and it finally came: nominations for Best Drama and respective Best Actor/Actress nods for Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.
Limited Series or Movie, Lead Actor: Bryan Cranston, "All the Way"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"; Tom Hiddleston, "The Night Manager"; Courtney B. Vance, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; Cuba Gooding Jr., "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story".
If there's anything better than snagging an Emmy nomination for one show, it's landing a second (or even a third) for yet another performance. Netflix had no shortage of other nominees, including lead drama actors Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (House of Cards), and comedy actors Ansari and Ellie Kemper of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
This year, "Thrones" will face off against FX's "The Americans", AMC's "Better Call Saul", PBS' "Downton Abbey", USA's "Mr. Robot", Netflix's "House of Cards", and Showtime's "Homeland" for the drama series award.
The Emmy Awards will be presented September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. The complete field will be posted on the TV academy's website, Emmys.org, and livestreamed beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The nominees for supporting actress in a comedy are Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent), Allison Janney (Mom), Judith Light (Transparent), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Nicey Nash (Getting On). That includes return bids for Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won four years in a row), Comedy Supporting Actor (Tony Hale, who won last year) and Comedy Supporting Actress (Anna Chlumsky).