The 2017 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday and the acting ranks include several performers with Chicago ties, past and current.
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”) for lead actress in a limited series. After making her mark at the Steppenwolf and Writers Theatre (as well as a run on Broadway alongside future husband Tracy Letts), Coon has been turning heads on screen (“Gone Girl” and “The Leftovers”). Though her TV work takes her outside the city, she and Letts remain based in Chicago.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) for lead actress in a comedy. The Northwestern alum created and performed in the sketch comedy revue “The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee” along with future husband Brad Hall and others, all of whom were hired on “Saturday Night Live” by the end of that summer.
William H. Macy (“Shameless”) for lead actor in a comedy. Macy moved to Chicago in the early 1970s at the behest of David Mamet (his former theater professor at Goddard College) and they would go on to found the St. Nicholas Theatre Company, which was around for a decade or so. Macy left town sometime in the ’80s.
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) for lead actor in a drama. A local native, Odenkirk grew up in Naperville and as a comedy performer honing his chops, he logged significant time at both Second City and iO Theater.
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) for supporting actress in a comedy. Her childhood years were in Broadview, and she graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with a bachelors degree in international studies.
Matt Walsh (“Veep”) for supporting actor in a comedy. Like Odenkirk, Walsh grew up here (the Mount Greenwood neighborhood on the Far Southwest Side and then Downers Grove and Darien) and got a degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University, before deciding to pursue comedy instead, primarily at iO and The Annoyance.
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) for supporting actor in a comedy. Bayer spent her formative comedy years in Chicago and is an alum of iO and the Annoyance.
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) for supporting actor in a drama. A Chicago native (and cousin of Second City co-founder Sheldon Patinkin), he grew up on the South Side where his interest in performing was stoked. “All my roots were planted in Chicago,” he told Michigan Ave. magazine, “that’s where the tree grew.”
Another notable nominations:
Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) for writing for a comedy series. The semi-autobiographical episode (about coming out to her family) that she wrote and starred in is called “Thanksgiving.” Waithe is a Chicago native and Columbia College grad. She has created a drama series for Showtime called “The Chi” about life on the South Side that is shooting in town this summer.
“Brown Girls” (web series) for short form comedy or drama series. The Chicago-shot series premiered earlier this year and centers on the friendship and love lives of two best friends, a straight black singer and a queer aspiring South Asian writer. (You can read more about the series in my column here.) The show’s creators, director Sam Bailey and writer Fatimah Asghar, have a deal to develop the series for HBO.
On the music end:
Chance the Rapper was nominated for original music and lyrics for “Last Christmas” on “Saturday Night Live” and Common was also nominated in the same category for “Letter to the Free” from Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th.”
A number of TV shows led by Chicagoans also made the cut:
“Late Night with Stephen Colbert”
“This is Us”
The winners will be announced at the awards broadcast Sept. 17 on CBS