Los Angeles - Nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington along with Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series Veep and Shemar Moore from CBS' S.W.A.T.
"It's been a record - breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth," said Washington. " The Emmy Awards competition experienced a 15 percent increase in submissions for this year's initial nomination round of online voting. The creativity and excellence in presenting great storytelling and characters across a multitude of ever - expanding entertainment platforms is staggering."
"This sweeping array of television shows ranges from familiar favorites like black-ish and House of Cards to nominations newcomers like Westworld, This Is Us and Atlanta. The power of television and its talented performers - in front of and behind the camera - enthrall a worldwide audience. We are thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer."
This year's seven Drama Series nominees include five first-timers distributed across broadcast, cable and digital platforms: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, House of Cards, Stranger Things, This Is Us, and Westworld.
Nominations were also spread over distribution platforms in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, with newcomer Atlanta joined by the acclaimed black-ish, Master of None, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep.
Saturday Night Live and Westworld led the tally for the most nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Stranger Things and FEUD: Bette and Joan (18) and Veep (17). Leading the nominations in totals by platform were HBO (110), Netflix (91) and NBC (60).
First-time Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia was joined in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category by Sterling K. Brown, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Spacey. Other notable nominations included Lead Actress in a Drama in which first-time nominee Claire Foy joins nominees Viola Davis, Elisabeth Moss, Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood and Robin Wright. Lead Actor in a Comedy Series included first-time nominee Donald Glover, new nomineein this category, Zach Galifianakis, joining Anthony Anderson, and Emmy winners Aziz Ansari, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Tambor. Counterpart nominees in the Lead Actress in a Comedy were Pamela Adlon, Jane Fonda, Allison Janney, Ellie Kemper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin.
Multiple nominees included Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed, Ty Burrell, Alec Baldwin, Ann Dowd, Donald Glover, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Rhys and Liev Schreiber.
Five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow received his 12th nomination, three-time Emmy winner Jessica Lange received another nomination for FEUD: Bette and Joan, while first-time Emmy nominees in the Limited Series or Movie categories included Robert DeNiro, Carrie Coon and Reese Witherspoon.
Final-round online voting begins August 14.
The complete list of Emmy nominations, media credential applications, and other Academy news are all available at The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles,
Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS.
Stephen Colbert will serve as host. The 69th Emmy Awards is produced by White Cherry Entertainment. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers; Weiss is director; and Chris Licht, executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a producer.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FXX.