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June 18, 2021

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Shelton, Willard receive posthumous Emmy nods


When the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, director Lynn Shelton and actor Fred Willard were posthumously recognized for their work.

Shelton died of a blood disorder in May. On Tuesday, she was nominated for her last directing credit, the finale of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Her parents, Wendy Roedell and David Shelton, were moved by the academy’s acknowledgment.

“That Lynn is honored by the Television Academy is not only a tribute to her accomplishments as a director but her style of directing,” they said in a statement. ”

The nod, for directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special, is Shelton’s first Emmy nomination. Willard’s nomination was his fifth.

Known for playing news director Ed Harken in “Anchorman,” Willard was nominated for guest actor in a comedy series for his role as Frank Dunphy, the father of Phil Dunphy, on “Modern Family.”

His daughter, Hope Willard, reacted to news of his Emmy nomination by tweeting: “Couldn’t be happier!”