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Emmy Awards 2017: How to Watch This Year’s Nominees

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Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety/REX/Shutterstock
Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

* The 69th Annual Emmy Award nominees have been announced
* Westworld and SNL are tied with the most nominations with 22 each
* Here’s how to watch all the nominated shows before the Emmys air on September 17

The 2017 Emmy Award nominations have been announced, with Westworld and SNL leading the pack with 22 nominations each. To see if your favorite actor was nominated in their category, head to Variety for the full list of nominees this year.

In the meantime, if you want to watch the nominated programs before the Emmy Award winners are announced September 17, we’ve rounded up the best way to watch these critically-acclaimed — and now Emmy-nominated — shows.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

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1. Atlanta — Created by and starring Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino and the future Simba in Disney’s live-action version of The Lion King, Atlanta follows two cousins who are making their way through the Atlanta rap scene. The series won the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Glover.

STREAM IT on Amazon Video, $2.99

2. Black-Ish — Previous Emmy nominee in the same category and winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish is back at it making us laugh this season. Ross is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series while Anthony Anderson for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for their work on the show this year.

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3. Master of None — Previous Emmy Award winner of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is back making waves at the Emmy Awards this year in the Comedy Series category. Series creator and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Ansari channels his own life experiences like living in Italy and writing an episode with his brother based on his Islamic upbringing into his writing for the Netflix show.

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4. Modern Family — The ABC has received repeated nominations in its respective Comedy categories since the show debuted in 2009. Following the interconnected family dynamics of the Pritchett’s and the Dunphy’s, this hit has previously earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series five times in a row from 2009 to 2014. This year, along with Outstanding Comedy Series, Ty Burrell is nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Phil Dunphy.

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5. Silicon Valley — Although T.J. Miller recently announced that he’s leaving the HBO series, his departure did not hinder the show’s chances at scoring an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show comments on the tech generation heralded by companies like Apple and Google, as we follow a group of guys working on their own startup in titular Silicon Valley. If you want to see more Kumail Nanjiani, head over to Fandango to buy tickets for The Big Sick, a film he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon that is based on their interracial courtship.

STREAM IT on Amazon Video, $2.99 (FREE Seven-Day HBO Trial)

6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — Recently renewed for a fourth season, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was previously nominated in the same category for two years running. The series, created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, stars Ellie Kemper as the positively unbreakable heroine, Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s roommate, and Jane Krakowski as her new boss. All three actors have been nominated for Emmy Awards in their respective Comedy Series categories.

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7. Veep — Last year’s Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, Veep makes a triumphant return this year with four nominations. Emmy Award nomination announcer this year Anna Chlumsky earned a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series while both Tony Hale and Matt Walsh received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. The show serves as a political satire where Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series six times, stars as the fictional Veep-turned-President Selina Meyer.

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Outstanding Drama Series:

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1. Better Call Saul — The spin-off prequel of AMC favorite Breaking Bad seems to be doing just as well if not better than its predecessor. In addition to Outstanding Drama Series, both Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks were nominated this year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series respectively.

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2. The Crown — In a continuation of his analyses on Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Morgan stunned this season with The Crown on Netflix. Ranked in AFI’s Top 10 Television Programs of the Year and Golden Globe Award winner for Best Television Series – Drama – and Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (for Claire Foy), The Crown has found a following in its chronicling of the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Foy also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II while John Lithgow garnered a Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination for his role as Winston Churchill.

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3. The Handmaid’s Tale — Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, Bruce Miller’s The Handmaid’s Tale raked in four nominations for Hulu for its riveting storytelling about an omnipotent government forcing women into subjugated roles for the purpose of increasing chances of fertility. The scariest part of the series is that this totalitarian government doesn’t seem all that impossible. Elisabeth Moss received an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her role as June Osborne aka Offred, while both Samira Wiley and Ann Dowde received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame also received an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her chilling work as Ofglen.

STREAM IT on Hulu, $7.99+ (FREE One-Month Trial)

4. House of Cards — Flagship Netflix show and first-ever streaming series to receive an Emmy nomination, House of Cards is still going strong even after Frank Underwood made it to the White House. House of Cards received four Emmy Award nominations this year. Kevin Spacey earned an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nod for his role as Frank Underwood. Both Robin Wright and Michael Kelly received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor categories respectively for their work on the series.

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5. Stranger Things — The 80s are back, if Stranger Things has anything to say about it. The hit Netflix series garnered nominations for Millie Bobby Brown for her work as Eleven, David Harbour for his role as Jim Hopper, and Shannon Purser for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her hole as Barb Holland.

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6. This Is Us — The freshman show proved that broadcast can still produce hit drama series. The NBC favorite earned eleven nominations for its portrayal of the intertwined lives of family members who all share the same birthday. Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown received nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Chrissy Metz and Ron Cephas Jones earned nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.

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7. Westworld — Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s brainchild for HBO, Westworld challenges the conventions of what we have come to believe is a good old Western tale. Putting a sci-fi thriller spin on the genre, Westworld leads the Emmy nominations this year with 22 total. In the acting categories, Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins earned nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor categories, while Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright are nominees in the Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor categories.

STREAM IT on Amazon Video, $3.99  (FREE Seven-Day HBO Trial)

  

Outstanding Limited Series:

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1. Big Little Lies — This star-studded show plays like a seven-hour movie rather than a disparate seven episodes thanks to expert direction by Jean-Marc Vallée. The HBO series was projected to bode well in terms of Emmy nominations, and has with both Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon earning nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category. In terms of Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, Alexander Skarsgård earned a nomination for his villainous role as Perry Wright while both Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern earned nominations for their roles as Jane Chapman and Renata Klein respectively.

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2. Fargo — Noah Hawley’s Fargo has found a prominent home at FX, earning critical acclaim along with sixteen Emmy nominations this year. Ewan McGregor earned a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his dual roles portraying the Stussy twins on this season of the anthology series. Additionally, Carrie Coon received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, while Harry Potter alum David Thewlis garnered a nod for Guest Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

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3. Feud: Bette and Joan — Despite some legal trouble regarding Olivia de Havilland’s qualms about the portrayal of her likeness, Feud: Bette and Joan emerged victorious when the Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning. Both leading ladies Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon earned nominations for their roles as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis respectively. Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci received nods in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category, while Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman earned Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie nominations.

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4. The Night Of — Earning Emmy Award nominations for his work in both The Night Of and Girls, Riz Ahmed co-stars with fellow Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominee John Turturro in HBO’s gripping crime drama series that challenges political and cultural biases. Michael Kenneth Williams and Bill Camp also received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.

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5. Genius — National Geographic’s biopic series, which charts the career of eponymous “genius” Albert Einstein, earned two Emmy Award nominations this year. Oscar-winning actor for his role in Shine Geoffrey Rush also earned an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nomination for his portrayal of Albert Einstein.

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Outstanding Television Movie:

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1. Black Mirror — British anthology series Black Mirror has sent chills down every single viewer’s spine through creator Charlie Brooker’s imaginings of today’s pervading paranoia regarding the power of technology. In particular, standalone episode San Junipero featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis wowed Emmy voters with its poignant tale of falling in love by the beach in 1987.

STREAM IT on Netflix, $7.99+

2. Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love — In this NBC made-for-TV movie set during the holiday season, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is based on a true story from the country singer’s early life. As we see the beginnings of hope for the future star, we also witness a Christmastime drama of a family facing a blizzard, money woes, and life-threatening circumstances.

STREAM IT on Amazon Video, $9.99

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — Oprah Winfrey is back on television with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Based on the bestseller by Rebecca Skloot, this drama chronicles the life of Henrietta Lacks, who alters the course of cancer treatment after she contracts cervical cancer in the 1950s. Rose Byrne also stars as Rebecca Skloot, who aids Lacks’ daughter Deborah in uncovering the truth about her mother’s story.

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4. Sherlock — In the fourth season of Sherlock, we find Holmes and Watson facing one of the most fearful villains in Culverton Smith (Toby Jones) yet to be seen on the popular series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The Lying Detective stands a fighting chance to nab another win for the series as the incumbent this year after winning for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.

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5. The Wizard of Lies — Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Diana B. Henriques, The Wizard of Lies invites us to watch the downfall of Wall Street stockbroker Bernie Madoff after his high-profile arrest for operating one of the largest financial fraud schemes in U.S. history. Robert De Niro earned an Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nomination for his role as Bernie Madoff, while Michelle Pfeiffer received an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie nod for her role as Ruth Madoff.

STREAM IT on Amazon Video, $11.99  (FREE Seven-Day HBO Trial)

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