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The 2017 Emmy Nominations Are in, & There Are a Few Surprises

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

The Emmy noms were good to Barb from Stranger Things, This Is Us & Big Little Lies

The 69th Emmy Awards nominations have dropped, and we can't say we saw all of these coming. Hello to all the nominees, including the surprises and the big frontrunners!

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HBO's Game of Thrones started too late to be eligible this year, but the network still came in strong — Westworld tied with Saturday Night Live for most nominations at 22 each. Also in the top three were FX anthology Feud: Bette and Joan and Netflix's hit Stranger Things with 18 nods each, as well as Veep, which netted 17 nominations this year.

HBO led the nominations, increasing its count from 94 last year to 110 this year even without Game of Thrones in the running, and it's no wonder considering hits like Westworld, Veep, Big Little Lies, The Night Of and Silicon Valley. Netflix also saw a sizable increase, from 56 nods last year to 91 this year. NBC saw a huge increase thanks to This Is Us, which put the network in third place for overall nominations.

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Some notable titles were missing, though. Shows with high viewership — The Leftovers, The Walking Dead, Empire and The Americans — were left off the nomination list. Lena Dunham's final season of Girls got no love and neither did Oprah Winfrey, who gave a stunning performance in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. What gives?

Check out a partial list of the nominees below. Are you as surprised and excited as we were by these noms?

Best Drama Series

  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Westworld (HBO)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Comedy Series

  • Veep (HBO)
  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Best Limited Series

  • Big Little Lies (HBO)
  • Feud (FX)
  • The Night Of (HBO)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Genius (National Geographic)

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)
  • Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
  • Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
  • Keri Russell (The Americans)

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
  • Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Allison Janney (Mom)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
  • William H. Macy (Shameless)
  • Zach Galifianakis (Baskets)

Best Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

  • Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
  • Jessica Lange (Feud)
  • Susan Sarandon (Feud)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
  • Carrie Coon (Fargo)
  • Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

  • Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies)
  • Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
  • Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
  • Geoffrey Rush (Genius)
  • John Turturro (The Night Of)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Samira Wiley (The Handmaid's Tale)
  • Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
  • Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
  • Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • John Lithgow (The Crown)
  • Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
  • Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
  • Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
  • David Harbour (Stranger Things)
  • Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
  • Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
  • Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live)
  • Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
  • Judith Light (Transparent)
  • Kathryn Hahn (Transparent)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets)
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
  • Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Tony Hale (Veep)
  • Matt Walsh (Veep)

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

  • Regina King (American Crime)
  • Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)
  • Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
  • Judy Davis (Feud)
  • Jackie Hoffman (Feud)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

  • Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
  • David Thewlis (Fargo)
  • Alfred Molina (Feud)
  • Stanley Tucci (Feud)
  • Bill Camp (The Night Of)
  • Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Variety Talk Series

  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!  (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Reality Competition

  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • The Voice (NBC)

Television Movie

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
  • The Wizard of Lies

Variety Sketch Series

  • Billy on the Street (truTV)
  • Documentary Now! (IFC) 
  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

Structured Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS) 
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
  • Fixer Upper (HGTV)
  • Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV)
  • Shark Tank (ABC) 
  • Who Do You Think You Are (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

  • Born This Way (A&E) 
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
  • Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
  • Intervention (A&E)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (YouTube)
  • United Shades of America: With W. Kamau Bell (CNN)
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