EMMY NOMINATIONS REFLECT WIDE DIVERSITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – As Emmy announcement host Leslie Jones put it, it was “a great day.” The actor took part in yesterday’s socially distanced event to tell us which programs, performers and producers are in line for Emmys this year. Ending up with the most nominations is “Watchmen.” The mythological superhero series grounded in real-world racism gets 26 nominations. The HBO series’ nods include those for cast members Regina King and Jeremy Irons. Also making a strong showing: “Ozark.” The Netflix series helped the streaming service rack up a record-setting 160 nominations. That beats the mark that been set by HBO nearly every year before. This year HBO got “only” 107 nods. The Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented Sept. 20 on ABC.
NEW YORK (AP) – People love babies. And people love Yoda. So it should be no surprise that a TV series that features a character that looks like Baby Yoda did well with Emmy votes. “The Mandalorian” took a surprising 15 Emmy nominations. Most of the nods were for technical categories like costumes, stunts, makeups and cinematography. Also getting lots of Emmy love is Quibi, the mobile phone-only platform that offers installments of movies and TV shows in 10 minutes or less. And rising star Zendaya has gets her first Emmy Award nomination – for her work in the HBO teen drama “Euphoria.”
EMMY REACTION QUOTES
UNDATED (AP) – Stars like Kerry Washington, Christina Applegate and Rachel Brosnahan have expressed excitement after being nominated for the upcoming 72nd Emmy Awards. Here are some of the reactions to yesterday’s nominations.
“The tears came this morning when I heard about Lynn Shelton’s nomination for ‘Little Fires Everywhere.’ I’m so incredibly grateful that the Television Academy has chosen to honor Lynn with this very deserved nomination. I know she’s celebrating in the beyond.”
– Kerry Washington, who earned Emmy nominations across four categories as a producer for the Netflix movie “American Son,” live ABC specials of “All in the Family” and “Good Times” and as producer and star of Hulu limited series “Little Fires Everywhere.”
“It did strike me while doing ‘Schitt’s Creek’ that there are very few fictional characters of my age that get to have so many new adventures. Stories around people my age usually involve death, disease and divorce. And here, my character got to just have so many great, new, ridiculous fun experiences. The best of all was getting a second chance to get to know her kids, and to actually be a mother. Who gets that?”
– Catherine O’Hara, speaking from Canada where she is living by a lake with her family. The 66-year-old O’Hara is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for “Schitt’s Creek.”
“Given that it’s been announced on a Tuesday, I hereby regretfully decline my nomination for ‘Black Monday.’ I am a dayist. Been one for many years. My principles are my bedrock and sacrosanct.”
– Don Cheadle said in a statement. He is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “Black Monday.”
“I’m grateful for the continued love for all corners of our Maisel family. I wish so much that we could be together to celebrate today but this (and some zoom cocktails) will certainly hold us over until we can get the band back together. The company we get to keep across these categories is insane. Thank you to the TV Academy!”
– Rachel Brosnahan, who is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
“These are strange times. Sad times. But it’s nice to have some good news. Much love.”
– Christina Applegate in a tweet. She is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for “Dead To Me.”
“It’s been a great partnership. To think, seven years ago, we were working on this germ of an idea that he had and trying to get this show landed somewhere, it’s mind-boggling to think that six years later, here we are.”
– Eugene Levy, who is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for “Schitt’s Creek,” a series he co-created with his son, Daniel Levy.
“This year means a little bit more, because of the social consciousness of our show coupled with what’s going on in our world with systemic racism and police brutality among Black and brown people within our community.”
– Anthony Anderson, who is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role in “black-ish.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Partial list of nominees for the annual prime-time Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For the complete list, visit Emmys.com:
Comedy Series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “Dead to Me”; “The Good Place”; “Insecure”; “The Kominsky Method”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Schitt’s Creek”; “What We Do in the Shadows.”
Actor, Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”; Ted Danson, “The Good Place”; Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”; Ramy Youssef, “Ramy.”
Actress, Comedy Series: Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”; Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish.”
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”; Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”; Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”; Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”; D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”; Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek.”
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Mahershala Ali, “Ramy”; Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”; Sterling K. Brown, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”; Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”; William Jackson Harper, “The Good Place”; Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Drama Series: “Better Call Saul”; “The Crown”; “Killing Eve”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “The Mandalorian”; “Ozark”; “Stranger Things”; “Succession.”
Actor, Drama Series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”; Brian Cox, “Succession”; Steve Carell, “The Morning Show.”
Actress, Drama Series: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney, “Ozark”; Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Zendaya, “Euphoria.”
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Kieran Culkin, “Succession”; Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”; Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”; Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show”; Nicholas Braun, “Succession”; Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”; Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld.”
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”; Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”; Julia Garner, “Ozark”; Thandie Newton, “Westworld”; Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”; Sarah Snook, “Succession”; Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”; Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Limited Series: “Little Fires Everywhere”; “Mrs. America”; “Unbelievable”; “Unorthodox”; “Watchmen.”
Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen”; Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”; Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”; Paul Mescal, “Normal People”; Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood.”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”; Jean Smart, “Watchmen”; Tracey Ullman, “Mrs. America”; Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”; Margo Martindale, “Mrs. America”; Holland Taylor, “Hollywood.”
Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Andrew Scott, “Black Mirror”; Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”; Martin Short, “The Morning Show”; Jason Bateman, “The Outsider”; James Cromwell, “Succession”; Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us.”
Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”; Laverne Cox, “Orange Is The New Black”; Harriet Walter, “Succession”; Cherry Jones, “Succession”; Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us.”
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Luke Kirby, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Fred Willard, “Modern Family”; Dev Patel, “Modern Love”; Adam Driver, “Saturday Night Live”; Eddie Murphy “Saturday Night Live”; Brad Pitt, “Saturday Night Live.”
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Angela Bassett, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”; Wanda Sykes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Bette Midler, “The Politician”; Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Saturday Night Live.”
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”; Dylan McDermott, “Hollywood”; Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend”; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Watchmen”; Jovan Adepo, “Watchmen”; Louis Gossett Jr.,” Watchmen.”
Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Regina King, “Watchmen”; Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America”; Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere”; Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”; Octavia Spencer, “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.”
Variety Talk Series: “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”; “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”; “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Television Movie: “American Son”; “Bad Education”; “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”; “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend.”
Reality-Competition Program: “The Masked Singer”; “Nailed It!”; “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; “Top Chef”; “The Voice.”
Structured Reality Program: “Antiques Roadshow”; “Love Is Blind”; “Queer Eye”; “Shark Tank”; “A Very Brady Renovation.”
Unstructured Reality Program: “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Lunch Break and Pasta Night”; “Cheer”; “Kevin Hart: Don’t F(asterisk)(asterisk)k This Up”; RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!”; “We’re Here.”
Variety Sketch Series: “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; “Drunk History”; “Saturday Night Live.
UNIVERSAL STRIKES DEAL WITH AMC ON RELEASES
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s another sign of how the coronavirus pandemic is turning Hollywood on its ear. Usually when a movie is released, it runs in a theater for about three months. But now, Universal Studios is flipping the script. In a deal with AMC Theaters, Universal has secured a deal to shorten the window for airing a movie in theaters to just 17 days. That’s a major concession for theaters, who traditionally have refused to run films that don’t spend a long time on the big screen before being moved to video-on-demand or streaming service. It’s a win for Universal – which, like other Hollywood studios, have been trying to get movies into home formats more quickly. This new film covers popular movies like the “Fast & Furious” franchise, the “Jurassic Park” series – and “Despicable Me” sequels over the next three years.
JOHNNY DEPP LIBEL CASE WRAPS UP – JUDGE NOW WILL HAVE HIS SAY
LONDON (AP) – It’s all over but the ruling. Johnny Depp’s high-stakes libel case against a British tabloid wrapped up yesterday – and now it’s up to a judge to rule on the matter. The case centers on a report in The Sun tabloid that calls Depp a “wife-beater.” But most of the testimony heard in a London court the past three weeks focused on the contentious relationship between Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Heard – also an actor – testified that she was a victim of domestic violence. Depp countered with testimony suggesting Heard lied about the alleged abuse. It’s expected it will take a few weeks before the judge renders his decision.
NO PROSECUTION IN ANDY DICK BEAT-DOWN
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans district attorney’s office says a man arrested last year in an alleged assault on comedian Andy Dick won’t be prosecuted. A rep for the office says in a statement that Dick has not kept in touch with prosecutors and hasn’t been cooperative. Video recorded outside a French Quarter night club last August showed the comedian being knocked unconscious. Authorities say if Dick gets back in touch with prosecutors – and cooperates with the investigation – the case could be revived.