Thirty-six actors and actresses earned Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday for work they did in front of the camera.
The new performance-category faces include TV veterans, such as late-night host James Corden and “Saturday Night Live” fixtures Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson, who all had nominations in off-camera roles in previous years. (Likewise, many of these other first-timers have been Emmy-nominated before for non-performer categories.)
Rising stars Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Tiffany Haddish (“SNL”) and Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) also received recognition, as did Strahovsi’s costar and onscreen husband, Joseph Fiennes.
Netflix dethroned HBO, the longtime king of Emmy nominations, Thursday by hauling in 112 Emmy Awards nominations — the most of any network.
HBO, which has been the industry leader for nearly two decades, came in second with 108 nominations. However, HBO’s ambitious “Game of Thrones” scored the most nominations of any series in television with 22, including in the most coveted category of outstanding drama.
In the wake of the tragic deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade earlier this year, an even brighter media spotlight has shone on mental health issues, particularly depression and suicide — which gives even more resonance to Jessica Biel’s mother with ambiguous, violent tendencies, in USA Network’s “The Sinner.”
On Thursday, Biel was nominated for an Emmy for lead actress in a limited series for her role as Cora — a complex character who is not only entertaining to play, she says, but has given her a vehicle to address some pretty weighty and topical issues.
Where are we catching you this morning and how did you find out you were nominated?
Bill Hader stepped into the Emmy spotlight Thursday with “Barry,” the show he co-created with Alec Berg. It earned multiple nominations, including for comedy series and lead actor in a comedy series. Hader plays the title character — a former Marine turned hit man who follows a mark from the Midwest to Los Angeles, where he gets bitten by the acting bug.
Where were you when you found out the good news?
I’m in a hotel in Hamilton, outside of Toronto shooting “IT 2.” We were up all night shooting. I had gone to the gym [and] was eating breakfast and then my phone started blowing up. I was so tired and turned around that I forget that today was Thursday and Emmy nominations. Not that I don’t care.
First-time nominee John Legend is now just an Emmy Award away from EGOT status, scoring a nomination Thursday that could make the elusive acronym a reality.
Legend got a nod for actor in a limited series or movie for his work on the NBC special “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert,” giving him a shot at winning all four major entertainment honors: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.
The 39-year-old is joined on EGOT’s doorstep by fellow “Jesus Christ Superstar” nominees Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who were executive producers. Lyricist Rice also wrote the book. The two have been Emmy-nominated in the past.
“Queer Eye’s” Jonathan Van Ness scored his second Emmy nomination Thursday morning — and he “can't even,” as one of his famous taglines goes.
Bonus? Van Ness is basking in the glory of four more nominations for Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” which features the hairstylist guru in all his fabulous splendor.
Van Ness, along with Erin Gibson, Kate Lilly, Matt Mazany and Ross Buran, is nominated for Funny or Die’s “Gay of Thrones,” for which he is an executive producer. Van Ness was previously nominated in 2016 for his work on the series.