By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
When looking through the list of nominees for the 73rd Emmy Awards, there is no shortage of Palisadians and ties to the community—from a former honorary mayor to the son of the current mayor, and many in between.
“The Kominsky Method,” a comedy-drama television series created by Palisadian Chuck Lorre for Netflix, is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show, which premiered on November 16, 2018, stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Nancy Travis, Paul Reiser and Kathleen Turner. Its third and final season became available May 28.
Douglas is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Sandy Kominsky on the show, described as a “once successful actor who now works as a revered acting coach in Hollywood.” Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Martin Schneider, the boyfriend of Douglas’ daughter on the show, is Reiser.
In Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy series, Morgan Freeman is nominated for an appearance in “The Kominsky Method,” as well as Dan Levy, son of Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayor Eugene Levy, for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Eugene made an appearance during Dan’s opening monologue, which was filmed with COVID-19 precautions in place. Other actors rounding out the category are Daniel Kaluuya, Alec Baldwin and Dave Chappelle—all for “Saturday Night Live.”
Another Lorre-created TV show, “Mom,” is up for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for its “Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak” episode, directed by James Widdoes, with directors for “B Positive,” “Hacks,” “Ted Lasso” and “The Flight Attendant” also nominated. “Mom,” which was on air from 2013 to 2021, starred Anna Faris, who reportedly purchased a home in the Palisades in 2019.
A third Lorre show, “The United States of Al,” is nominated for production design.
Palisadian Don Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role of Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine in Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” nominated alongside Courtney B. Vance for “Lovecraft Country,” Charles Dance in “The Crown,” and Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers for “The Mandalorian.”
Also in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “WandaVision,” executive produced by Palisadian and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige for Disney+, is nominated for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Other nominated series in the category are “I May Destroy You,” “Mare of Easttown,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Underground Railroad.”
Paul Bettany is nominated for his role of Vision in “WandaVision” for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, up against Ewan McGregor in “Halston,” Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. in “Hamilton,” and Hugh Grant in “The Undoing.”
Starring opposite of Bettany in “WandaVision” as the other titular character, Elizabeth Olsen is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Olsen is nominated alongside Cynthia Erivo in “Genius: Aretha,” Michaela Coel in “I May Destroy You,” Kate Winslet in “Mare Of Easttown” and Anya Taylor-Joy in “The Queen’s Gambit.”
Also nominated for the Palisadian-produced “WandaVision” is Kathryn Hahn for her role of Agatha Harkness/Agnes the Nosy Neighbor, with Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo nominated for “Hamilton,” Julianne Nicholson and Jean Smart for “Mare of Easttown,” and Moses Ingram for “The Queen’s Gambit” in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series category.
Matt Shakman is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for an episode of “WandaVision,” nominated along with directors for “Hamilton,” “I May Destroy You,” “Mare of Easttown,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Underground Railroad.”
Three episodes of “WandaVision”—“All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” “Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience” and “Previously On”—all received nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.
The show is also nominated for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling, Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic), and Outstanding Main Title Design, among others.
Former Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades Anthony Hopkins, who recently took home an Academy Award for his role in “The Father,” is nominated for Outstanding Narrator for “Mythic Quest.” The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy Series.
Nominated for her first writing Emmy is Palisadian Yahlin Chang for the “Home” episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” nominated alongside writers for episodes of “Lovecraft Country,” “Pose,” “The Boys,” “The Crown” and “The Mandalorian” in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category.
Following its final episode in an almost 11-year run, “Conan,” featuring Palisadian Conan O’Brien, received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Other shows in the category include “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“Friends: The Reunion,” featuring former Palisadian Matt LeBlanc and current Palisadian Matthew Perry, is nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), alongside “8:46,” “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” “Bo Burnham Inside,” “David Byrne’s Utopia” and “Hamilton.” The long-anticipated “Friends” reunion also received a nomination for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special and Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.
“The Simpsons,” co-created by late Palisadian San Simon, is nominated for Outstanding Animated Program, alongside “Big Mouth,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Primal” and “South Park: The Pandemic Special.”
The J.J. Abrams-produced “Lovecraft Country,” which will end its run after just one season, has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
“Dancing with the Stars,” which welcomed host Palisadian Tyra Banks in September 2020, received two nominations for Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming for Artem Chigvintsev and Derek Hough. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series and Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program.
The nominees were announced on July 13, with the award show set to air on Sunday, September 19, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer on CBS and Paramount+.
For a complete list of all of the nominees, visit emmys.com.
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