'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' Score an Outstanding Number of Emmy Nominations

Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 7:33PM
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Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 7:33PM
'Westworld' and 'Stranger Things' Score an Outstanding Number of Emmy Nominations
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This year's Emmy nominations have been announced, and it's good news for science fiction. Popular shows Westworld and Stranger Things both scored an impressive number of nominations each, while other great sci-fi shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Black Mirror showed up as well.

Westworld stacked up 22 nominations in total, meaning that it had the most of any show this year, tying with Saturday Night Live. Among the nominations are the obvious ones, such as Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Anthony Hopkins (really not a surprise), and of course, Best Drama. Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton also got nominations, for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, respectively.


Stranger Things earned eighteen nominations, which is also pretty darn good by most standard. Among these were some logical ones, such as David Harbour's nomination for Best Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and Millie Bobby Brown for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, but other nominations (or the lack thereof) were more questionable.


Wynona Rider, for example, didn't see any nominations despite turning in one of the best performances of her career as the terrified mother Joyce Byers. Meanwhile, Shannon Purser, who played Barb, got a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - something that even diehard fans have been quick to question, considering her limited screentime. Apparently if you can get a good hashtag going, it increases your chances of an award nomination.


There were also some fun nominations for other key science fiction shows. The Black Mirror episodes "Nosedive" and "San Junipero" were both nominated for cinematography and writing, respectively, while Hulu original The Handmaid's Tale got several nominations for directing, production design, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Elizabeth Moss as Offred.

There were also several nods to Star Wars shows, including an Outstanding Children's Program nomination for Rebels, and an Outstanding Short Form Variety Series nomination for Lucasfilm's YouTube channel The Star Wars Show.

Meanwhile, Marvel was almost entirely snubbed this year. Nobody was expecting Iron Fist to win any awards, but Luke Cage only got one nomination, and there was no recognition at all for the fantastic Legion, which feels like a major oversight.


Most bittersweet, though, is the posthumous nomination that Carrie Fisher was given for appearing in Catastrophe. Considering that she's in the same category as Shannon Purser, perhaps the awards body didn't feel like they needed any other serious contenders for the award of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

You can check out the full 2017 Emmy nominations here.
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