Call it “Feud: For Real.” Or maybe “This Is a Lot of Us.”
Multiple performers from the same casts are going head-to-head in a dozen Emmy categories this year, meaning that come Sept. 17, a show that’s celebrating a performer’s win might simultaneously be consoling someone heading home empty-handed.
Newcomer “This Is Us” is carrying some of that baggage, with both Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia up for actor in a drama series and Denis O’Hare and Brian Tyree Henry up for guest actor in the same.
Among supporting actresses, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd vying in the drama category, while “Saturday Night Live” has three players in the comedy-series running: Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. On the list for limited series or movie, “Big Little Lies” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” have supporters Laura Dern versus Shailene Woodley and Judy Davis versus Jackie Hoffman, respectively.
“Feud” continued to live up to its name in the supporting actor arena, where Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci are pitted among the limited series or movie folks, and for actress, where Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon both made the list.
The latter two also face “Lies” lead actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, while Tucci and Molina will see additional competition from “The Night Of” supporting cast members Bill Camp and Michael Kenneth Williams. Riz Ahmed and John Turturro, both from “The Night Of” as well, are up for actor in a limited series or movie.
Female leads from comedies “Grace and Frankie” (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) and “Transparent” (Kathryn Hahn and Judith Light) are all vying for the statue for actress. Supporting “Veep” players Tony Hale and Matt Walsh are in competition, as are Riz Ahmed (again) and Matthew Rhys, actors who both had guest roles on the comedy series “Girls.”
Wrapping it all up is the horde of battling “SNL” hosts who pepper the ranks of comedy series guest-performer nominees. For the ladies, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy got nods, while the gentlemen’s list includes Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Hanks.
Be warned: Those Emmy after-parties could get a bit awkward.