Emmy Nominations 2019: Full List of Nominees and Facts About Them

The Emmy nominations for 2019 (71st Primetime Emmy Awards) were announced on July 16! The highly coveted awards which are given annually by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) in honor of distinctive contributions to the American TV industry nationwide, held on September 22, 2019.

Looking back at the 2019 awards as we await the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards which is billed for September 20, 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, here is a complete list of the 2019 nominations and things you don’t know about each show.

Emmy Nominations 2019: Full List of Nominees

Emmy Nominations 2019
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Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

  • NBC’s Saturday Night Live!
  • Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
  • IFC’s Documentary Now!
  • Showtime’s Who Is America?
  • Comedy Central’s Drunk History
  • TruTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris

Fact: The award was won by Saturday Night Live! which got a total of 4 nominations during the award.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

  • HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Fact: The award was won by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which also got 3 nominations and 2 wins.

Outstanding Competition Programs

  • CBS’ reality competition show The Amazing Race
  • NBC’s singing competition TV series The Voice.
  • NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, a sports competition TV show.
  • Bravo TV’s Top Chef
  • Netflix’s Nailed It, an amateur bakers’ challenge that has been running since March 2018. A highlight of the challenge is the $10,000 that is up for grabs.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race on LogoTV

Facts: The award was won by RuPaul’s Drag Race which also won the category in 2018. This was the only category for which the show was nominated at the 2019 Emmy.

Outstanding Drama Series

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  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Bodyguard (Netflix)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • This Is Us (NBC)

Fact: The award was won by Game of Thrones. Since the category began in 1951, the only show that got more nominations than Game of Thrones with 8, is Law and Order which has 11.

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Barry (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Studio)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Studio)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
  • Veep (HBO)

Fact: The category was won by Fleabag ahead of Veep which has won the award three times earlier and was nominated 7 times.

Outstanding Miniseries

  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
  • Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  • Sharp Objects (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)

Fact: This category was introduced in 1973 and the 2019 edition was won by Chernobyl. 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Fact: The category was won by Billy Porter who portrayed Pray Tell on Pose. He took the award ahead of Bob Odenkirk who has had four previous nominations.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Mandy Moore, This Is Us
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Fact: The award was won by Jodie Comer for her portrayal of Oksana Astankova/Villanelle on Killing Eve. The favorite for the award was Robin Wright who has 6 Emmy nominations in the same category.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy

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  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Fact: Bill Hader won the award for his role as Barry Berkman/Barry Block on Barry. Ted Danson tops the list of actors in this category Actor with most nominations. He has two awards to show for it.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Fact: The award was clinched by Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her portrayal of Fleabag on Fleabag. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the most nominations (12) and most wins (7) in this category.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Mahershala Ali, True Detective
  • Benicio del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Fact: Jharrel Jerome’s role of Korey Wise on When They See Us got him the award.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Niecey Nash, When They See Us
  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Fact: Michelle Williams won the award for her role of Gwen Verdon on Fosse/Verdon. The 2019 Emmy nomination was the first for all the actresses in this category. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama

  • Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Fact: Peter Dinklage takes home this one for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. He also held the award for 2018, 2015, and 2011. Dinklage has more nominations than anyone else in the category (8) and more awards (4).

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama

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  • Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
  • Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Fact: The award was won by Julia Garner for playing Ruth Langmore on Ozark. The Game of Thrones actress was nominated for the award four times, more than all others nominated in 2019.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Stephen Root, Barry
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

Facts: Tony Shalhoub’s role of Abe Weissman on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel gave him the award. He won the award ahead of Tony Hale who was nominated 6 times for the category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Sian Clifford, Fleabag
  • Olivia Colman, Fleabag
  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW
  • Sarah Goldberg, Barry
  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Facts: Alex Borstein’s role of Susie Myerson on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned her the Primetime Emmy in this category. She clinched the award ahead of Anna Chlumsky and Kate McKinnon both of whom have 6 nominations in the category.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
  • Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  • Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
  • Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones

Facts: The award was won by Cherry Jones.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

  • Michael Angarano, This Is Us
  • Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
  • Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
  • Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone
  • Glynn Turman, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Fact: Bradley Whitford’s role in The Handmaid’s Tale helped him win the award.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag
  • Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
  • Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Fact: Jane Lynch won the award for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ahead of Maya Rudolph who has been nominated for the award three times.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

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  • Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
  • Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live
  • Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Peter MacNicol, Veep
  • John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
  • Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
  • Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Fact: The award was won by Luke Kirby. Everyone in the category was nominated for the first time.

Structured Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  • Queer Eye
  • Shark Tank
  • Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
  • Who Do You Think You Are?

Fact: Netflix’s Queer Eye took home the award. The program also won the award in 2018. In general, Antiques Roadshow tops the list of programs with most award nominations with 15.

Unstructured Reality Program

  • Born This Way
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Life Below Zero
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
  • Somebody Feed Phil
  • United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell

Facts: United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell won the award for a record-tying third time with Deadliest Catch having won it in 2017 and 2018.

Host For A Reality Or Competition Program

  • James Corden, The World’s Best
  • Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game Of Games
  • Marie Kondo, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
  • Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman, Making It
  • RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Fact: RuPaul won the award for RuPaul’s Drag Race to make it the fourth time he would clinch the award in a row, repeating the feat of Jeff Probst who won it from 2008 to 2011.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Asante Blackk, When They See Us
  • Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
  • John Leguizamo, When They See Us
  • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Fact: Ben Whishaw won the award thanks to A Very English Scandal. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries/TV Movie

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  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
  • Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Fact: Patricia Arquette’s role in The Act earned her the award for this category.

Outstanding TV Movie

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
  • Brexit (HBO)
  • Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
  • King Lear
  • My Dinner with Herve

Fact: Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) took home the award in this category. This means that Black Mirror is the only TV movie to win the award three times and consecutively.

Live Variety Special

  • The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards
  • The 61st Grammy Awards
  • Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’
  • The Oscars
  • RENT
  • 72nd Annual Tony Awards

Fact: For the first time ever, ABC got home the award with Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’. 

Pre-recorded Variety Special

  • Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
  • Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
  • Springsteen On Broadway
  • Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

Fact: Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool emerged winner in this category.

Informational Series or Special

  • Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
  • Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
  • Surviving R. Kelly

Facts: CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown clinched the award.

Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Barry, “The Audition,” HBO (Alec Berg)
  • Barry, “ronny/lily,” HBO (Alec Berg)
  • Fleabag, “Episode 1,” Prime Video (Harry Bradbeer)
  • The Big Bang Theory, “Stockholm Syndrome,” CBS (Mark Cendrowski)

Fact: Fleabag took the award thanks to Harry Bradbeer. It won ahead of Barry which has two nominations in the category in 2019.

Directing for a Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” HBO (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks,” HBO (David Nutter)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” HBO (Miguel Sapochnik)
  • Killing Eve, “Desperate Times,” BBC America (Lisa Bruhlmann)
  • Ozark, “Reparations,” Netflix (Jason Bateman)

Fact: After being nominated for the first time in 2018, Jason Bateman finally won the award in 2019 for Ozark ahead of Game of Thrones which has three nominations in the 2019 edition and a total of 11 nominations in the history of the category.

Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

  • A Very English Scandal, Prime Video (Stephen Frears)
  • Chernobyl, HBO (Johan Renck)
  • Escape at Dannemora, Showtime (Ben Stiller)
  • Fosse/Verdon, “Glory,” FX Networks (Jessica Yu)
  • Fosse/Version, “Who’s Got the Pain,” FX Networks (Thomas Kail)
  • When They See Us, Netflix, (Ava DuVernay)

Facts: Johan Renck’s work on Chernobyl got him the award.

Directing for a Reality Program

  • American Ninja Warrior, “Minneapolis City Qualifiers,” NBC (Patrick McManus)
  • Queer Eye, “Black Girl Magic,” Netflix (Hisham Abed)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, “Whatcha Unpackin?,” VH1 (Nick Murray)
  • Shark Tank, “Episode 1002,” ABC (Ken Fuchs)
  • The Amazing Race, “Who Wants a Rolex?,” CBS (Bertram van Munster)

Fact: Hisham Abed’s “Black Girl Magic” episode on Queer Eye won the award ahead of The Amazing Race which has a total of 8 nominations in the category although it is still yet to win the award.

Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Barry, “ronny/lily,” HBO, (Alec Berg, Bill Hader)
  • Fleabag, “Episode 1,” Prime Video (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
  • PEN15, “Anna Ishii-Peters,” (Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle)
  • Russian Doll, “Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Netflix (Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler)
  • Russian Doll, “A Warm Body,” Netflix (Allison Silverman)
  • The Good Place, “Janet(s),” NBC (Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan)
  • Veep, “Veep,” HBO (David Mandel)

Fact: The award was won by Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag. Alec Berg who has also been nominated in this category has one of the most nominations for anyone ever nominated, with 7 nominations.

Writing for a Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul, “Winner,” AMC (Peter Gould, Thomas Schnauz)
  • Bodyguard, “Episode 1,” Netflix (Jed Mercurio)
  • Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne,” HBO (David Benioff, D.B. Weiss)
  • Killing Eve, “Nice And Neat,” BBC America (Emerald Fennell)
  • Succession, “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” HBO (Jesse Armstrong
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly,” Hulu (Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder)

Fact: This was won by  Jesse Armstrong’s Succession. Of the programs nominated in this category, Game of Thrones tops with nimber of nominations, recording a total of 7.

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Quick Facts About The Emmy Nominations 2019

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1. There were 35 categories on the Emmy nominations 2019 list and 38 TV programs have been nominated under 6 categories and drawn from 17 channels.

2. There are 37 lead actors and 39 supporting actors in 6 categories each, as well as 25 directors and 19 solo screenwriters in 4 categories each.

3. The writing teams for six variety series were also nominated under a category. In all, therefore, the Emmy nominations for 2019 consists of a long list of 210 programs and professionals.

4. HBO’s Game of Thrones (GOT) set a new record by receiving up to 32 Emmy nominations in an edition, up from 25 previously held by ABC’s NYPD Blue.

5. Game of Thrones went ahead to record the most wins for a Drama Series with 59 wins under its belt.

6. The award ceremony was preceded by the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held on 14th and 15th September 2019.

7. As scheduled, the venue for the ceremony was Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

8. The broadcasting right in the USA was given to FOX.

9. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some adjustments have been made to the calendar of the Emmy 2020. The nominations will now be announced on July 28 instead of July 14 as was earlier planned.

10. The award will be presented on September 20. This means the date has not been shifted from its earlier schedule.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


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