The Primetime Emmy Awards will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 on Fox, and like the 2019 Academy Awards in February, there will be no host. A record will be set with 27 categories, many of which now have more than the traditional five nominees. Here are the confirmed Jewish nominees, presented in several groupings.
Lead actor, comedy series: Michael Douglas, 74,“The Kominsky Method.” Eugene Levy, 72, “Schitt’s Creek.”
Lead actress, comedy series: Natasha Lyonne, 40 “Russian Doll.”
Lead actress, limited series or TV movie: Patricia Arquette, 51, “Escape at Dannemora.” Joey King, 20, “The Act.”
Supporting actor, comedy series: Henry Winkler, 73 “Barry.” Alan Arkin, 85, “The Kominsky Method.” (Winkler and Arkin are up against Tony Shalhoub, who isn’t Jewish, but plays a Jewish character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”)
Supporting actress, comedy series: Alex Borstein, 48, “Mrs. Maisel.” Sarah Goldberg, 34, “Barry.” (They are up against Marin Hinkle, who isn’t Jewish, but plays a Jewish character in “Mrs. Maisel.”)
Supporting actress, drama series: Julia Garner, 25, “Ozark.”
Supporting actress, limited series: Patricia Arquette “The Act.”
It’s interesting that although most of the major characters in “Mrs. Maisel” are Jewish, Borstein is only Jewish actor nominated for a Tony — and she plays a non-Jewish character!
Directing and writing
The official nominations for these categories cite a specific episode, which I have omitted due to space considerations.
Director, comedy series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, 53, “Mrs. Maisel.”
Director, drama series: David Benioff, 48, and D. B. Weiss, 48, “Game of Thrones.” Miguel Sapochnik, 45, “Game of Thrones.”
Director, limited series, movie or dramatic special: Ben Stiller, 53, “Escape at Dannemora.” Stephen Frears, 78, “A Very English Scandal.”
Director, variety series: Sacha Baron Cohen, 47, Nathan Fielder, 36, and Dan Mazer, 47, as co-directors of a “Who is America?” episode.
Writing, comedy series: Natasha Lyonne, co-writer of a “Russian Doll” episode. Allison Silverman, 47, “Russian Doll.” David H. Mandel, 49, “Veep.”
Writing, drama series: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones.” Bruce Miller, 54ish, co-writer of an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Writing, limited series or movie: Craig Mazin, 48, “Chernobyl.” Michael Tolkin, 68, co-writer, “Escape at Dannemora.; Steven Levenson, 35, co-writer, “Fosse/Verdon.”
Lyonne’s acting and writing nominations are wonderful validations of her comeback. She had a pretty hot career in the late 1990s, but then went into a slide with drug addiction, arrests, etc. … Seeing the Tolkin nomination reminds me that his late father, Mel Tolkin, was an Emmy-winning comedy writer who wrote for everybody big in his era, such as Sid Caesar, Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope.
Best series and movies
These “best” awards usually are given to producers. My practice is to list the nominated series or movies that have a Jewish creator or co-creator. Usually that person is nominated as a producer, as well.
Comedy series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” created by Larry David, 72. “Glow,” co-created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, 36ish. “Silicon Valley,” co-created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, 56, and Dave Krinsky, 56.
Drama series: “Game of Thrones,” created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. “The Americans,” created by Joe Weisberg, 50ish. “The Crown,” created by Peter Morgan, 56. “The Handmaid’s Table,” created by Bruce Miller. “This is Us,” created by Dan Fogelman, 43.
Variety sketch series: “Drunk History,” co-created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, 39ish. “I Love You, America,” created by Sarah Silverman, 48.
Limited series: “Chernobyl,” created by Craig Mazin. “Fosse/Verdon,” created by Steven Levenson and Thomas Kail. “Escape at Dannemora,” co-created by Michael Tolkin and Brett Johnson.
TV movie: “Deadwood: The Movie,” written by David Milch, 74, creator of the “Deadwood” series.
Mazin was Sen. Ted Cruz’s roommate when they were freshmen at Princeton University. He reportedly didn’t like Cruz then, and he doesn’t like him now, as he frequently makes fun of him on Twitter … My research has confirmed that Mensch and Miller, who have been nominated before, are Jewish. In fact, Carly’s paternal grandfather had one of the most Jewish names ever: Israel Mensch!