117 categories. 9000 submissions. Over 500 scripted shows. The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced its nominations last week, for the ceremony to be held in September hosted by Stephen Colbert.
There has arguably never been a better age for American Television. The quality on content – now led by HBO and Netflix – is smart, visionary and ambitious. It is often fixated around a larger and better pool of talent than those employed in films. This year, the Emmy voters had a tough job, having to walk the thin line between legacy and newcomers, between tradition and potential.
Here are some significant numbers:
91 – Number of nominations garnered by Netflix shows this year, only 17 behind HBO shows. Netflix had 54 last year, and only 14 in 2013. Netflix now spend up to $6 billion a year on 600 hours of content every year. They had 126 original series/films release last year alone. Amazon got 16 nominations, while Hulu (which released the sensational The Handmaid’s Tale) got 18 this year.
5 – Number of new series nominated in the Outstanding Drama category, a modern-day record. Three of them are Netflix productions (House of Cards, The Crown, Stranger Things). The five have 77 nominations between them in total. There was no Game of Thrones this year, thanks to its delayed season beginning.
22 – Number of nominations by HBO’s Westworld, tying the all-time single-program record with Saturday Night Live this year.
18 – Number of nominations by Netflix’s Stranger Things.
8 – Number of consecutive times Modern Family has been nominated in the Outstanding Comedy category.
5 – Number of consecutive times House of Cards has been nominated in the Drama category, despite this season being its weakest.
The Leftovers has again been ignored by the Academy, despite its third season being one of the best in television history. It got only one nomination (for Ann Dowd in the Guest Acting category).
FX’s The Americans dropped out of the Drama Series category after being a favorite last year. Same for Amazon’s Transparent, which didn’t receive a Comedy Series nomination after winning over its first two seasons. Both were nominated in various acting categories though.
Mandy Moore not receiving an acting nod for This Is Us is another robbed-in-broad-daylight shock.
Drama Series: Has there ever been a better list? Probably not. But The Crown and the newcomer darling The Handmaid’s Tale are favorites to go head-to-head for the title.
Limited Series: Personally, we loved The Night Of, and Riz Ahmed’s performance in the New York slow-burning procedural thriller. But it will probably be Big Little Lies, and deservedly so, picking up the award here.
Comedy Series: Silicon Valley will always be the dark horse. It will come down to a battle between Atlanta and Veep. Our money is on Veep winning its third in a row, in perhaps its strongest and most relevant season yet.
Television Movie: Perhaps the finest content of the year was Black Mirror’s beautifully surreal San Junipero episode. But the favorite with the Academy has long been Sherlock – who, in its return season, could snag it with ‘The Lying Detective’.
Lead Actor, Drama: Since This Is Us might not win the main category, one expects Sterling K. Brown’s performance to be the favorite here. His closest competitor will be Liev Schreiber (nominated in three categories) for Ray Donovan.
Lead Actress, Drama: Between Elisabeth Moss’ breakout in The Handmaid’s Tale and Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld, it’ll be the latter that takes it for the role of a lifetime as Dolores Abernathy.
Best Actor, Comedy: Will it be perennial favorite Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent again? Perhaps not. It’ll be either Donald Glover for Atlanta or a pleasant surprise in the form of popular favorite Aziz Ansari for Master of None.
Best Actress, Comedy: Lock it in – Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win this for her role as Selina Meyer in Veep as long as she is alive.
Best Actor, Limited Series/Movie: I’d give it to John Turturro for The Night Of, but it will be between Robert de Niro for The Wizard of Lies and Geoffrey Rush for the slightly overrated Genius.
Best Actress, Limited Series/Movie: Big Little Lies – but who? Nicole Kidman or Reese Witherspoon? It is Kidman’s year though.
Best Documentary: Netflix’s 13th will take this easily. Though Amanda Knox is also sort of a dark horse.
For a recap of the 2016 winners, click here.