Emmys shocker: ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Westworld’ have the most nominations

There were big surprises when the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, July 13. But the surprises weren’t just in which shows made the cut but in how many nominations those shows got. It looked like programs such as “The Crown” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” might lead the way thanks to their lavish production values. But instead the two top shows on Emmy morning were “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld,” both of which greatly exceeded our expectations. Check out the complete list of nominees to see who else made the cut.

Both shows earned 22 nominations, and for “SNL” that meant a bonanza of acting bids: nine to be exact. In the supporting categories, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon earned bids as expected, but McKinnon was shockingly joined by her co-stars Vanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones. And five guest hosts earned nominations: Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Hanks for Comedy Guest Actor and Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig for Comedy Guest Actress. And in variety categories “SNL” also picked up unsurprising bids for Best Variety Sketch Series, Best Variety Series Writing and Best Variety Series Directing.

“Westworld” also over-performed. The HBO sci-fi western seemed to slide into a lot of the open slots left by “Game of Thrones,” which wasn’t eligible this year because it didn’t air new episodes during this year’s Emmy window (June 2016 to May 2017). In addition to Best Drama Series, “Westworld” was nominated in all four main acting races: Drama Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Drama Actress (Evan Rachel Wood), Drama Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright) and Drama Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton). It also contends for writing, directing, and casting — three races it’s hard to win Best Drama Series without.

But those weren’t the only big shows this year. “Feud” did follow close behind with 18 nominations, as did “Stranger Things.” And “Veep” was by far the top comedy of the year with 17 bids. Check out all of this year’s most nominated shows below.

22 Nominations
“Saturday Night Live”
“Westworld”

18 Nominations
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Stranger Things”

17 Nominations
“Veep”

16 Nominations
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”

13 Nominations
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Night Of”

11 Nominations
“This is Us”

10 Nominations
“Genius”
“Planet Earth II”
“Silicon Valley”

9 Nominations
“Better Call Saul”

8 Nominations
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Master of None”
“13th”
“The Voice”

7 Nominations
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Hairspray Live!”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Transparent”

6 Nominations
“Atlanta”
“Born This Way”
“House of Cards”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“The Oscars”
“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”

5 Nominations
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”
“Project Runway”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

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