'SNL,' Westworld' lead Emmy Award nominations with 22 nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Saturday Night Live," powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin's florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

The long-running NBC variety show tied with HBO's sci-fi drama "Westworld," which also earned 22 bids on Thursday, to jointly top the field for the 69th Primetime Emmys to be presented in September.

Netflix shouldered into the best drama category with three contenders, "The Crown, "House of Cards" and "Stranger Things," a best-ever total for streaming as the platform grows in strength as a competitor to broadcast and cable.

The drama field opened up with the absence of HBO's dominant "Game of Thrones," which aired outside the eligibility window for Emmy consideration this year. It won 12 Emmys last year, including its second consecutive best drama award.

Newcomers were ready to step in, including breakout series "This Is Us." It received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011. NBC's intricately told story of an extended family, a hit with viewers and critics, also earned bids for Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, who are competing with each other in the best actor category.

Sci-fi series "Stranger Things" received an impressive 18 bids, including one for star Millie Bobby Brown, while "The Crown," a lavish peek at the life of Britain's Queen Elizabeth as played by the nominated Claire Foy, received a total of 13 bids.

So did the dystopian saga "The Handmaid's Tale," including a nomination for star Elisabeth Moss. "Better Call Saul," the "Breaking Bad" spinoff is also nominated, along with star Bob Odenkirk.

"Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honored!" Peter Morgan, creator of "The Crown," said in a statement. "So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels."

He's not the only visitor to American TV who will be celebrating. Others include Anthony Hopkins for "Westworld," Benedict Cumberbatch for "Sherlock: The Lying Detective," Ewan McGregor in "Fargo" and Geoffrey Rush for "Genius."

"Veep," the most-nominated comedy with 17 bids, has a chance for its third consecutive top comedy trophy. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead comedy actress: She has five for "Veep" and one for "New Adventures of Old Christine."

Emmy voters showed their willingness to recognize new comic voices as well as diversity. Donald Glover's freshman "Atlanta" earned a best comedy bid, as did "Master of None," starring Aziz Ansari, and "black-ish."

But there was room in for an old favorite, "Modern Family," although it earned only a handful of bids besides best comedy, including for Ty Burrell in the supporting actor category.

"Silicon Valley" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" round out the best comedy ranks.

Competing with Brown, Ventimiglia, Hopkins and Odenkirk for best drama acting honors are Matthew Rhys of "The Americans," Liev Schreiber from "Ray Donovan" and Kevin Spacey of "House Of Cards."

Foy and Moss are joined in the best drama actress category by 2015 winner Viola Davis from "How To Get Away With Murder," Keri Russell of "The Americans," Evan Rachel Wood in "Westworld" and Robin Wright from "House Of Cards."

"Orphan Black" isn't in the running because it missed the eligibility window, depriving star Tatiana Maslany of the chance to repeat as best-drama actress.

The Emmys are scheduled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Colbert as host.

Drama series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)
Westworld (NBC)

Comedy series

Atlanta (FX)
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

Lead actor, drama series

Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us (NBC)

Lead actress, drama series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Lead actor, comedy series

Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets (FX)
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Lead actress, comedy series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)Supporting actor, drama series

Supporting actor, drama series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
John Lithgow, The Crown (Netflix)
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is us (NBC)
Jeffrey Wright, West World (HBO)

Supporting actress, drama series

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (Maeve)

Supporting actor, comedy series

Louie Anderson, Baskets (FX)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)

Supporting actress, comedy series

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent (Amazon)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

Variety talk series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Variety sketch series

Billy on the Street, TruTV
Documentary Now!, IFC
Drunk History, Comedy Central
Portlandia, IFC
Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tracey Ullman's Show, HBO

Animated series

Archer, FX
Bob's Burgers, Fox
Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First), Disney Channel
The Simpsons, Fox
South Park, Comedy Central

Guest actor, comedy series

Riz Ahmed, Girls (HBO)
Matthew Rhys, Girls (HBO)
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Hugh Laurie, Veep (HBO)

Guest actress, comedy series

Wanda Sykes, Black-ish (ABC)
Carrie Fisher, Catastophe (Amazon)
Becky Ann Baker, Girls (HBO)
Angela Bassett, Master of None (Netflix)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Guest actor, drama series

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)
BD Wong, Mr. Robot (USA)
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Denis O'Hare, This Is Us (NBC)
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us (NBC)
Bryan Tyree Henry, This Is Us (NBC)

Guest actress, drama series

Alison Wright, The Americans (FX)
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers (HBO)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Shannon Purse, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Writing, variety or comedy series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
Late Night With Seth Meyers, HBO
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Variety Special

Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 (CBS)
Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner (Comedy)
Louis CK 2017 (Netflix)
Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust (Netflix)
Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale (Showtime)

Reality competition series

The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Reality host(s)

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, Martha & Snoop's Pot luck Dinner Party (VH1)
Gordon Ramsay, Masterchef Jr.
Alec Baldwin, Match Game
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell

Limited series

Big Little Lies (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Genius (National Geographic)
The Night Of (HBO)

TV movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)
Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love (NBC)
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece/PBS)
The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Lead actor, limited series or movie

Ewan McGregor, Fargo (FX)
Geoffrey Rush, Genius (National Geographic)
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)
John Turturro, The Night Of (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece/PBS)
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Lead actress, limited series or movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Carrie Coon, Fargo (FX)
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Supporting actor, limited series or movie

Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies (HBO)
David Thewlis, Fargo (FX)
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Bill Camp, The Night Of (HBO)
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of (HBO)

Supporting actress, limited series or movie

Regina King, American Crime (ABC)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Original Music and Lyrics

When Will Josh And His Friend Leave Me Alone?, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling, Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special (Disney Channel)
The Ballad of Claus Jorstad, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
The Last Christmas, Saturday Night Live (ABC)
The Letter to the Free, 13th (Netflix)
Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Informational series or special

Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, CNN
Inside the Actor's Studio, Bravo
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, A&E
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson, National Geographic
Vice, HBO

Documentary film

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds, HBO
LA 92, National Geographic
O.J.: Made in America, ESPN
American Experience: Oklahoma City, PBS
The White Helmets, Netflix

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