The 69th annual Emmy Awards unveiled their nominees Thursday, a list of names as diverse as the programming.
“Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” topped the list with 22 noms apiece, while other fan favourites were also acknowledged. “This Is Us”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Big Little Lies” all earned nominations, with broadcast, cable and streaming service programs well represented.
Celebs were quick to applaud the Television Academy for their diverse nominees list.
Sterling K. Brown was overjoyed with his nomination, releasing a statement that says, “Maaaaan, I got the best job on TV! Receiving this nomination is just the cherry on top. Thank you, Television Academy! From network to studio, cast to crew, writers, producers & directors–each and every one of you are second to none! Thank you all for making this the experience of a lifetime. Dan Fogelman…you are a cherub faced, literary assassin! I look forward to working with you for the rest of my life! Ryan, Andrew, & Amaré…you are my everything.”
Thank you to the Television Academy for this honor! I am so excited for the entire Stranger Things cast and crew, The Duffer Brothers, David, Millie, Tim, Shannon, Sarah, Evelyn, Chris, Will, Jess, Dean, Carmen and everyone who has been nominated and involved in this amazing show ❤️❤️ @televisionacad @milliebobbybrown @strangerthingstv @netflix @dkharbour @timives @shannonpurser @sarahhindsgaul @shawnlevydirect @cubabrown
Noah Schnapp’s co-star Finn Wolfhard also shared his sentiments over the show being nominated, writing: Thank you Television Academy! We’re two days from STS1’s first anniversary and what an amazing present for the show to be nominated for an Emmy!! Congrats to all our writers, our directors and producers, all our amazing crew and, of course, all my castmates. Huge shout out to Matt and Ross Duffer – you brought an audience together from almost every country on earth, and you’ve changed the lives of everyone connected with this show forever. Love you! Thanks to my family and team for all the support – you’re the best! And congrats to Millie and David for their nominations. One of the best parts about this ride is the chance to work together every day. You make us bring our “A” games and we love you for it. See you on Sept. 17th!”
“Stranger Things” Executive Producer and Director Shawn Levy recalled his “best morning ever!.” writing: “So thrilling to be recognized especially in such a wide range of categories! When we at 21 Laps first read the Duffer Brothers’ pilot two years ago, we knew it and they were something special. My collaboration with these mad genius twins, and the way our incredible cast and crew have helped bring the Duffer brothers’ vision and voice to life, is thrilling. We set out to make this weird little show because we loved it. The way it’s been embraced by fans, critics and now the Television Academy has turned our world upside down, which is just the way we like it!”
Ellie Kemper from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” wrote: “I am so honored to be included in this extraordinary group of women. And I am very grateful to Robert, Tina, and all of our cast and crew who make my job so pleasant. Go Russia! I mean, go USA!”
While her co-star Tituss Burgess thanked, who else, Queen Bey! “I’m continuously blown away by our show’s talent in front of and behind the camera, and this season is no exception. It’s truly an honor to be recognized alongside such an incredible cast and crew. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to our UKS family, and thank you Beyoncé.”
Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for her work on “Big Little Lies” also expressed her thanks, writing: “When we started on this journey we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide. I have never experienced anything like it and as producers and actors we all bow down to the Academy with thanks!”
William H. Macy tells us why “life is sweet,” writing: “The day I read John Wells’ pilot for SHAMELESS I knew I was in for a wild ride, and here we are eight years later and I’m still playing Frank Gallagher, whom I love so much I’d give him my liver. Not only do I get to go to the Emmys to see all my pals, I’ll do it with Felicity Huffman on my arm.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss shared her “shock”: “Well I’m in a little bit of shock!! 13 nominations is absolutely insane. I woke up to a GIF from my publicist Erica of a shirtless Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs and knew it was good news (because a shirtless Rizzo is always good news) but 13 is blowing my mind! I’m so intensely proud of my cast and crew who put their blood, sweat and tears (literally) into this show. This is not a solo sport and each and every one of them is responsible for helping make something we could be proud of. And a special shout out to my executive producing partners, showrunner Bruce Miller and EP Warren Littlefield. Our triangle of collaboration and trust has been a gift to me and I love you both. Nolite te bastardes Carborundorum b****es.”
The Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air September 17.