Justice For Barb As Stranger Things Earns Emmy Nomination For Best Drama Series

by Erik Amaya

 

The Netflix sensation Stranger Things now has a few Emmy nods to add to its list of accomplishments.

As announced earlier this morning, the series — along with Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us, Westworld and House of Cards — was nominated for Best Drama Series by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  The series, masterminded by the Duffer Brothers, takes place in the small Indiana town of Hawkins. There, a group of Dungeons & Dragons playing boys discover harrowing government secrets and the power of friendship. Debuting last year, the eight-episode series became a runaway hit for the streaming service and generated memes like #JusticeforBarb and “Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s father.”

Additionally, Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour earned Best Supporting nods for their work on the series while Shannon Purser — the series’ lovable Barb — earned a Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Including writer and technically awards, the show racked up eighteen nominations.

Other genre-leaning nominations include a Best Actor in a Drama Series nomination for Anthony Hopkins in Westworld, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in Sherlock: The Lying Detective earned him a limited series lead actor nod, and both Elizabteth Moss and Evan Rachel Wood earned Lead Actress nods for their work in The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld. Genre also dominated the Best Supporting actress category, with nominations for The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Ann Dowde and Samira Wiley, the aforementioned Brown, and Thandie Newton for Westworld. Netflix’s Black Mirror was also nominated for Best TV Movie, which would as strange as any story from the show’s streaming season, but it turns out the episode “San Junipero” fit the nomination criteria.

And for fans of shows outside the genre scope, here’s the full list of nominations:

Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld
House of Cards

Best Comedy Series
Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of
Genius

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
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)

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

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowde (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 Beyer (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 Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)
David Thewlis (Fargo)
Alfred Molina (Feud)
Stanley Tucci (Feud)
Bill Camp (The Night Of)
Michael K. Williams (The Night Of)

Best TV Movie
The Wizard of Lies
Black Mirror
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective

Best Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Real Time with Bill Maher

Best Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Sketch Series
Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Shows

Best Unstructured Reality Program
Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Gaycation With Ellen Page
Intervention
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.