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Emmys 2019: All the Jewish nominees

The core cast of Schitt's Creek (CBC photo)

It’s Emmy season again and Jews in the TV industry have plenty of reason to celebrate.

Out of all the nominees announced Tuesday, here’s a roundup of the Jewish picks on the list. Winners will be announced on Sept. 22 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Canada photo)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which follows the life of feisty comedian Midge Maisel from the very Jewish 1950s Upper West Side, was nominated for outstanding comedy series. Rachel Brosnahan was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for playing the titular role, while Tony Shalhoub also got a nod for playing her father. Marin Hinkle and Alex Borstein both were nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series. Canadian actor Luke Kirby, Rufus Sewell and Jane Lynch were all nominated for outstanding guest actor and actresses for their respective roles, and the show’s Jewish co-creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino were both nominated for directing episodes as well. The series won eight Emmys last year and is nominated for 20 Emmy awards in total this year.

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll (Netflix Canada photo)

Russian Doll, about a Jewish New Yorker named Nadia Vulvokov who finds herself in a pickle, a la Groundhog Day, was also nominated for outstanding comedy series. The series’ star-director-co-creator-writer-executive producer Natasha Lyonne got a nod for outstanding comedy actress for the lead role and for outstanding writing in a comedy series.

(l-r) Noah Reid, Daniel Levy and Emily Hampshire in Schitt’s Creek (CBC photo)

Schitt’s Creek, the CBC co-production which had a notable episode about celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, also got a surprise nomination for outstanding comedy series. Canadian Jewish comedy icon Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara both got nominated for their roles as married couple Johnny and Moira Rose. The show garnered four nominations in total.

Patricia Arquette as Tilly in Escape at Dannemora (Showtime photo)

Patricia Arquette, whose mother is Jewish, was nominated for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie for her role in Escape at Dannemora.

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman‘s show I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman was nominated for outstanding variety sketch series.


Maya Rudolph, whose father is Jewish, was nominated for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her role in The Good Place.

Sarah Goldberg and Henry Winkler in Barry (Bell Media PR photo)

Canadian-Jewish actress Sarah Goldberg got a nod for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in as Sally Reed in HBO’s Barry. Henry Winkler was also nominated for outstanding supporting actor for his work on the dark comedy.

Adam Sandler was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for hosting Saturday Night Live. He also was nominated for outstanding writing for a variety special for his standup special 100% Fresh.

Amy Schumer Growing (Netflix Canada photo)

Amy Schumer was nominated for outstanding writing for a variety special for her Netflix standup special Amy Schumer Growing.

Sacha Baron Cohen and three of his co-directors were nominated for outstanding directing for a variety series for the Showtime series Who Is America?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary RBG (Mongrel Media photo)

Filmmamkers Julie Cohen and Betsy West were nominated for outstanding documentary directing for RBG, their documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tim Wardle also got a nod for directing Three Identical Strangersa documentary about a pair of Jewish triplets who were split up at birth without their knowledge. Both films also got nominated for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking.

Love, Gilda, a film about the late Jewish comedian Gilda Radner, was nominated for outstanding documentary program.

The production team behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee were nominated for outstanding informational series.

Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer on Broad City (Bell Media PR photo)

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson both were nominated for outstanding actress in a short for comedy or drama series for their web videos titled Hack Into Broad City.

Michael Douglas was nominated for outstanding lead comedy actor his role in The Kominsky Method, while Alan Arkin got the nod for supporting actor.

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