Maya Rudolph will have two chances to win her second career Emmy Saturday on the final day of the five-day Creative Arts Emmy Awards, two days after winning her first.
Rudolph’s portrayals of California Sen. Kamala Harris on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the all-knowing judge found in the Neutral Zone between the Bad Place and the Good Place on NBC’s “The Good Place” brought her outstanding guest actress in a comedy nominations.
The other nominees are Bette Midler for her role as the chief of staff to New York Senate Majority Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light); Angela Bassett for her appearance on the premiere of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show”; Wanda Sykes for her portrayal of as comedian Moms Mabley on Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for hosting the Oct. 5, 2019 “Saturday Night Live” episode.
The award is among 30 to be presented Saturday at what the Television Academy describes as a virtual ceremony where “an eclectic mix of awards across all genres” will be presented. The ceremony will be broadcast on FXX at 5 p.m.
Rudolph won for the Emmy Thursday for outstanding character voice-over performance for supplying the voice of Connie the Hormone Monstress on Netflix’s coming-of-age adult animated sitcom “Big Mouth.”
The other nominees included Hank Azaria, a four-time winner in the category for his work on “The Simpsons,” and Oscar winner Taika Waititi, nominated for supplying the voice of the bounty hunter droid IG-11 on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”
Rudolph had been nominated three times before this year all for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series. She was nominated in 2018 and 2019 for her role on “The Good Place” and in 2012 for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
Thursday’s other winners included Laurence Fishburne and his “#FreeRayshawn” castmate Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Fishburne received the Emmy for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series for his portrayal of New Orleans Police Department Lt. Steven Poincy.
Stephan James, who played the title role, Black Iraqi War veteran Rayshawn Morris who holes up in his apartment along with his family after an altercation with overzealous New Orleans Police Department officers who turns to social media and Poincy to try to clear his name, was also among the nominees, as was Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.
Waltz was nominated for his portrayal of hunt organizer Miles Sellars in “Most Dangerous Game,” which streamed on Quibi. He won best supporting actor Oscars in 2010 and 2013 for his work in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained.”
The other nominees were Corey Hawkins, who starred in Quibi’s “Survive” as a survivor of a plane crash that left him and the other survivor (Sophie Turner) isolated on a remote snow-covered mountain, and Mamoudo Athie from FX’s “Oh Jerome, No (Cake).”
Jones won at the virtual ceremony for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series for her portrayal of Morris’ wife.
The victory made Jones part of the 14th parent-and-child combination to both win Emmys. Her father, Ron Cephas Jones, won the outstanding guest actor in a drama series Emmy in 2018 for his role as the cancer-stricken biological father of Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown) on NBC’s “This Is Us.”
The elder Jones is among the nominees in the category that will be presented Saturday.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honor programming that initially aired between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards began Monday with a ceremony honoring reality and nonfiction programming. Tuesday’s ceremony honored variety programming. Scripted programming was also honored Wednesday.
Awards in the top 23 categories in comedy, drama, competition, limited and variety talk series and the Governors Award will be presented at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday.
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