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The 9 Emmy nominations we were happiest to see

So much great TV.

Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, with HBO (110) and Netflix (91) the top two platforms/channels. SNL and Westworld each got 22 nominations, the highest of any program, while Stranger Things tied with FEUD: Bette and
Joan for second with 18 apiece.

But TV is a personal thing. Everyone has a favorite show, actor or actress. And there's no possible way to keep up with the whopping 1,400 primetime shows on the air.

So we asked our GoMN coworkers: What is the single nomination you're happiest to see? Here are their answers.

Nora Kelly

"Obviously mine is Rupaul! This year the show went from LOGO to VH1 which was a huge step in growing their audience and gaining more attention. So great to see LGBT+ community getting mainstream attention and breaking the barriers of modern television/media and hopefully changing some people’s minds and perceptions of what is mainstream and the art of drag. Also its been on for nine seasons plus two all-star seasons."

Chaz Kangas

"I have a few friends nominated, but rather than play favorites between them, I'd rather hear lifelong hero and total stranger Bob Odenkirk's acceptance speech." (He's nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.)

Dana Wessel

"I was doing cartwheels with excitement when I saw that Tommaso Ortino and his crew from Mozart in the Jungle were nominated for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) for their work on the fantastic episode titled 'Now I Will Sing.’ This is a very deserved honor for the hardest working crew in production design for programs a half-hour or less."

Josh Murray

"Atlanta was a deep look into how different the life of a rapper is from what the public perception can be. Great detail on the horrible parts of dealing with club promoters, hip hop’s effect on children, misconceptions of black culture, and how sometimes you just need a little luck to make it big in the industry. Atlanta was an introspective look at how hip hop is perceived and how very opposite reality can be. This Emmy nomination was a surprise because I felt like I was the only one actually watching this show."

Amy Halford

"Born This Way on A&E for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Between 60 and 90 percent of prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses result in abortion, according to one analysis. This series is not only entertaining and engaging but it shows the world that people with Down syndrome are just like the rest of us. It’s popularity and acknowledgment of their achievement is a tribute to humanity more than any other nominated shows or series."

Joe Nelson

"I'm in love with the competitive balance in the category for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Anyone who hasn't seen Oklahoma City should do themselves a favor and learn the story that fueled Timothy McVeigh's hatred. It's a documentary deserving of an Emmy."

Adam Uren

"Nicole Kidman for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for Big Little Lies: I mean, she's an Oscar winner, so she's not a bad actor in the first place, but her performance depicting the (also excellent) Alexander Skarsgård's abused wife, was one of the best I've seen in any TV or movie. Harrowing, uncomfortable, but compelling viewing."

Kaleh Sapp

"I'm a huge fan of Better Call Saul, so I'm happy to see the nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. I love Vince Gilligan's writing – his characters are so well-developed and the dialogue always seems natural. It's just as good as Breaking Bad."

Laura Dickinson

"Chance The Rapper [nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics] – how can you not root for him to win in everything he does? BFF’s Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart were a close second though for obvious reasons!"

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