As soon as Emmy noms are announced on July 12, stars from around the world will turn their attention to a Hollywood turf war; bringing home that golden statue with them.
Here are a few nominations-to-watch among actors, actresses, TV creators and their shows in the new year.
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He’s a Racy Jedi
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, reprises his role as the dark elf villain, Darth Vader, in a star-studded scene in this summer’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“‘Noah Hawley did an amazing job with that scene,” said Seth Rogen, who stars in the Hulu TV series “Dimension 404,” in which he plays an Internet geek who comes across a mysterious message from the future. “And the actors are brilliant, because they can bring full emotional heft to that brief moment and then just hang up.”
In the episode, Rogen wakes up to find his character inside the Millennium Falcon pilot seat, but he quickly resurfaces as a cyborg.
This “Fifty Shades of Grey” spoof from the streaming service features stars such as Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer and Kris Wu flaunting their “Game of Thrones”-style good looks during a “red wedding” for the Silicon Valley techsters.
Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury in the HBO miniseries “Bohemian Rhapsody,” was nominated for an Emmy in the original mini-series category and considered a dark horse for a win.
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Quentin Tarantino Takes on the #MeToo Movement
The new TV series “Godless” stars The Weinstein Co. co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman and her pal Quentin Tarantino, who both cameo in the 1920s Western.
Lily Collins of “Rules Don’t Apply” has also had experience with the movie mogul, who has faced three decades of allegations of sexual harassment.
“Lily and Harvey have a lot of history,” said one Emmy watcher. “I just think we need to see some support for the #MeToo movement. I think that will be smart of the writers to talk about that.”
Jean Smart Is a White House Spokeswoman
The actress from “The West Wing” gets to address voters, and Vice President Dick Cheney is her boss. The actress, who is nominated for an Emmy in the outstanding supporting actress in a drama category, portrays Theresa “Tina” Delaney, who is a lawyer for Cheney.
“In any role, you want it to be very challenging,” said Smart, when asked about her involvement in the popular NBC series. “But in this role, you really get to sink your teeth into it.”
She reportedly signed on for the role partly because she was asked if she would also reprise her role from the “Honeymooners” TV classic, where she played the maid Edith Ann, and appear in the iconic newspaper ad.
Jason Sudeikis Is a Fake Agent
“SNL” star Sudeikis makes his entrance as the leader of the Secret Service along with three other actors as he searches for a wandering Abilene in 2017’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The most memorable part of the scene is when Colin Firth appears as a spy from the English World War II.