The stars were out on Monday night, August 21, at the 2017 Emmy nominee performer celebration. Gold Derby was present at the event in Beverly Hills, CA, and snagged 12 red carpet interviews with Emmy contenders Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”), Mo Collins (“F is for Family”), Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Mindy Sterling (“Con Man” and “Secs & Exes”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”), as well as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” co-host Ross Mathews and TV Academy President Maury McIntyre. Watch all of these exclusive chats with our links below.
Also present at the event were Emmy nominees Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad!”), RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Kim Estes (“Dicks”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Kelsey Scott (“Fear the Walking Dead: Passage”), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), and Alison Wright (“The Americans”), as well as Maksim Chmerkovskiy (“Dancing with the Stars”), Suzanne Cryer (“Silicon Valley”), Meg Donnelly (“American Housewife”), Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”), Carolyn Hennesy (“General Hospital”), Leonardo Nam (“Westworld”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“Elena of Avalor”), Angelique Rivera (“American Crime”), Marcus Scribner (“Black-ish”), Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”), Michelle Visage (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), and Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”).
The annual event was organized by the TV Academy’s Performers Peer Group, led by governors Tomlin and Patrika Darbo. Stars mingled atop the third-floor roof of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel.
Anderson is competing for the third consecutive year as Best Comedy Actor for the ABC family sitcom. A victory would make him the first person of color to win this prize since Robert Guillaume for “Benson” in 1985.
Should Janney prevail as Best Comedy Actress for the CBS series, she’ll tie Cloris Leachman with eight Primetime Emmys for acting, the all-time record. It would also be the second time Janney has pulled off the unique hat-trick of winning for a role in both supporting and lead. She first did this with “The West Wing,” for which she received Best Drama Supporting Actress prizes in 2000 and 2001 before winning two more as Best Drama Actress in 2002 and 2004. She reaped awards as Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2014 and 2015 for “Mom,” as well as one as Best Drama Guest Actress for “Masters of Sex” in 2014. Oddly enough, her chief competition is Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), who could set the same exact record of eight acting wins this year.
Cartwright won an Emmy in 1992 for playing Bart Simpson in Fox’s long-running animated comedy. She shared that honor with her co-stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Marcia Wallace, and Jackie Mason. This is her first individual bid.
Hale won Emmys as Best Comedy Supporting Actor for the HBO political satire in 2013 and 2015, contending again in 2014 and 2016. He’s competing against co-star Walsh for the second consecutive year.
Among the first-time nominees in this years crop are Collins (Best Character Voice-Over Performance), Hahn (Best Drama Supporting Actress), McRaney (Best Drama Guest Actor), Metz (Best Drama Supporting Actress), and Sterling (Best Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series). Sterling, in fact, is competing against herself for two different shows.
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