Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary Earn Big Emmy Nominations
It’s Emmy season and the nominations are hot off the press as the virtual ceremony was presented by comedians JB Smoove and Melissa Fumero alongside the Television Academy CEO Frank Schermaon Tuesday, July 12th.
Many fans were itching to see if Abbott Elementary would pick up any noms this season and social media is celebrating after learning the hit comedy series snagged four nominations. The series has been nominated for Best Comedy Series with Quinta Brunson up for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Tyler James Williams for Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series, and Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph both up for Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series.
The freshman comedy is already earning a spot in America’s hearts with fans anticipating for season two which is set to premiere on September 21, 2022. Quinta’s receiving three nominations for the series makes her the first Black woman to receive three comedy nominations according to Variety. She’s also the youngest Black woman to be nominated in the category at age 32.
BET.com chatted with Brunson who shared her character Janine and Williams character Gregory will have “more fun” in the upcoming season.
Euphoria finds its way back in the nomination pool as the show is up for Best Drama Series with series lead Zendaya looking for a two-peat as she’s up for Best Lead Actress In A Drama Series once again for the series in addition to scoring two nominations in the same category for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for the song, “Elliot's Song,” along with composer Labrinth and songwriter Muzhda Zemar-McKenzie and the other is for “I’m Tired,” with Labrinth and creator Sam Levinson.
While Insecure has already ended with it’s fifth and final season, Issa Rae could be given the best sendoff as she’s nominated for Best Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her hit HBO series. This will be her fourth Emmy nomination so it would be a beautiful ending to a put a close on the series if she walks away with the gold. Her co-star, Natasha Rothwell, is up for an Emmy for another project she participated in called The White Lotus for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie.
Comedian Nicole Byer scores an Emmy nomination for her competition series Nailled ItI in the Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program, with RuPaul also up for the award for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Black women continue to rack in nominations as HBO’s variety show A Black Lady Sketch Show has earned its spot in the category for Best Variety Sketch Series, marking the third time the series has been nominated for this award. Lizzo also scores her first Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Competition Program for her series Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls on Prime Video.
Dave Chappelle scores an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for his special Dave Chappelle: The Closer. With already being a 5x Emmy recipient, Chappelle could come out with his sixth if he walks away with the win, also marking the third time the comic would win in this category.
Trevor Noah could finally walk away with a Primetime Emmy for The Daily With Trevor Noah as this will be his sixth nomination in the Variety Talk Series category.
Guest stars also deserve recognition and Sanaa Lathan, Sam Richardson, and comedian Jerrod Carmichael are up for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series with Carmichael and Richardson up for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series.
Donald Glover is no stranger to winning a Primetime Emmy, having won the award back in 2017 for his FX hit series Atlanta, winning for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series. The actor has been nominated once more for the latter category and could walk away with the gold for a second time. With the series ending with it’s final season in the fourth quarter of this year, would be a great way to lead-in to the last season with Emmy gold under his belt.
The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to broadcast live on September 12th at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC and will stream live for the first time ever on Peacock.
You can read the full list of nominations on Deadline.