Thursday, April 22, 2021

Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Queen Latifah Nominated for Emmys

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Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on “Empire”

*Cookie Lyon is headed to the Emmys!

Taraji P. Henson received a nomination this morning for her breakout role on Fox’s “Empire,” joining fellow nominee Viola Davis for ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” in the Lead Actress in a Drama category.

Other top nominees included Queen Latifah for her role as Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie,” Anthony Anderson for ABC’s “Black-ish” and Don Cheadle for his work in Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

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Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie”

Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Keegan-Michael Key of “Key and Peele” and Tituss Burgess of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” each received nominations for Supporting Actor in a Comedy, while Niecy Nash scored an Actress nod in the category for her role in HBO’s “Getting On.”

The Guest Actor/Actress nominees include Reg E. Cathey for his role as Freddy Hayes in “House of Cards,” 2015 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Cicely Tyson for her role as Ophelia Hartness on “How to Get Away With Murder,” and “Mama Pope” herself, Khandi Alexander of “Scandal.”

David Oyelowo in HBO's "Nightingale"
David Oyelowo in HBO’s “Nightingale”

David Oyelowo was nominated for his one-man HBO film “Nightingale”; and “Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba – who announced the nominees this morning along with “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley – was shocked to learn that she received an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her role of Crazy Eyes in the Netflix series, which itself was nominated for Best Drama.

The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sept. 20 with host Andy Samberg.

Below are nominees from the top categories announced this morning in Los Angeles:

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “Last Man on Earth”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange Is the New Black”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Lead Actress Limited Series or Movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd”

Lead Actor Limited Series or Movie

Adrien Brody, “Whodini”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
Mark Rylance “Wolf Hall”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“Late Show with David Letterman” (CBS)
“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Outstanding Limited Series

“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
“The Honourable Woman” (Sundance)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)

View the complete list of nominees here.

Watch Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley announce the nominees from the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles below:

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