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Grownups Grab 51 Emmy Nominations

TV actors with experience got far more honors in 2019 than 2018

2019 Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements

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Ken Jeong, left, and D’Arcy Carden speak at the 71st Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Actors over 50 earned 51 Emmy nominations on Tuesday — up 37 percent from last year's batch of nominees, and an impressive 48 percent of the total performer nominations.

There were some delightful surprises: How to Get Away With Murder guest actress Cicely Tyson, 94, got her 14th Emmy nomination and star Viola Davis, 53, her fifth. In its fifth and final season, the under-the-radar comedy Schitt's Creek earned its first nominations for both of its Second City Television alumni stars, Catherine O'Hara, 65, and Eugene Levy, 72, each overdue for more awards limelight, and also for its costumes and for the show itself. And it's encouraging that the brilliant Patricia Arquette, 51, who dares to play her age and once said, “I need space to grow and get old and be a human being — I don't want to be trapped in your ingenue bubble,” got nominated twice, for The Act and Escape at Dannemora.

The TV Academy disappointingly snubbed a few candidates that many had predicted to earn kudos — Homecoming's Julia Roberts, 51; Catch-22's George Clooney, 58; One Day at a Time's Rita Moreno, 87; and both stars of Grace and Frankie, which Hollywood pundit Dominic Patten calls “the show that seemingly everyone watches.” Patten complained, “When you overlook Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, you need to get your prescription fixed, all I'm sayin'!”

The 2019 Emmy Award winners will be announced on Fox Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the main nominees (grownups in bold):

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, 50, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Bob Odenkirk, 56, Better Call Saul

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, 53, How to Get Away With Murder

Laura Linney, 55, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Robin Wright, 53, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, 52, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, 58, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, 57, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, 50, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, 51, Escape at Dannemora

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Joey King, The Act

Aunjanue Ellis, 50, When They See Us

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Don Cheadle, 54, Black Monday

Ted Danson, 71, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, 74, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, 72, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 58, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Catherine O'Hara, 65, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Alan Arkin, 85, The Kominsky Method

Stephen Root, 67, Barry

Tony Hale, Veep

Tony Shalhoub, 65, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Henry Winkler, 73, Barry

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, 72, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, 61, Better Call Saul

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, 50, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, 50, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Marin Hinkle, 53, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Julia Garner, Ozark

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, 61, Killing Eve

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Ron Cephas Jones, 62, This Is Us

Michael McKean, 71, Better Call Saul

Glynn Turman, 72, How to Get Away With Murder

Michael Angarano, This Is Us

Kumail Nanjiani, The Comedian

Bradley Whitford, 59, The Handmaid's Tale


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Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Peter MacNicol, 65, Veep

John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live

Robert De Niro, 75, Saturday Night Live

Adam Sandler, 52, Saturday Night Live

Rufus Sewell, 51, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Fiona Shaw, 61, Fleabag

Kristin Scott Thomas, 59, Fleabag

Jane Lynch, 59, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Emma Thompson, 60, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora

Stellan Skarsgard, 68, Chernobyl

John Leguizamo, 54, When They See Us

Michael Kenneth Williams, 52, When They See Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cherry Jones, 62, The Handmaid's Tale

Jessica Lange, 70, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Phylicia Rashad, 71, This Is Us

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Cicely Tyson, 94, How to Get Away With Murder

Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Patricia Arquette, 51, The Act

Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon

Patricia Clarkson, 59, Sharp Objects

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Emily Watson, 52, Chernobyl

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

Ellen DeGeneres, 61, Ellen's Game of Games

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

RuPaul, 58, RuPaul's Drag Race

Marie Kondo, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

James Corden, The World's Best

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