Carrie Fisher Earned an Emmy Nomination Posthumously

Even after her death, Carrie Fisher is continuing to amaze us.

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The Star Wars actor was nominated posthumously for an Emmy Award on Thursday morning, making her a three-time nominee. Her 2017 nod comes for her role in Catastrophe — she’s nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Catastrophe is Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s Amazon comedy series about a couple that gets married after a one-night stand results in a pregnancy. Fisher played Delaney’s mother, who she described as an “awful mother,” appearing in five hilarious episodes.

“I did really want to play an awful person,” Fisher told reporters at Tribeca in April 2016, explaining why she was interested in the role. “There are not a lot of choices for women past 27. I don’t wait by the phone.”

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Horgan was reportedly affected by Fisher’s death, especially when it came to her plans to incorporate Fisher’s character into the show much more in future seasons. “We wanted to tell more about that character. We wanted to flesh her out more and give her a story and a reason for her behavior. And the only reason why we did that is because Carrie made us want to do that,” Horgan told the Associated Press after Fisher’s death in December. “I miss her, but I’ll miss her in our show, you know, I’ll miss that character and I’ll miss being able to tell that character’s story.”

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Fisher died suddenly after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from the U.K. to Los Angeles in December shortly after filming what would become her last guest spot on Catastrophe. Her prior Emmy nominations were for her HBO special Wishful Drinking and a guest role on 30 Rock.


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