Emmys: 15 Stars Up for Multiple Awards

5:30 AM 9/5/2017

by Rebecca Cohen

Ann Dowd, Alec Baldwin and John Oliver are just some of the actors and hosts who were recognized with two or more nominations — either for different projects or multiple roles in the same one.

From left: Ann Dowd, Alec Baldwin, John Oliver
From left: Ann Dowd, Alec Baldwin, John Oliver
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While just one Emmy nomination is a reason to cheer, some TV stars are celebrating multiple noms for this year's awards, thanks to roles on multiple projects or different forms of involvement on the same project.

Alec Baldwin, Ann Dowd, Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed are just some of the actors who earned mentions for roles in two series.

Meanwhile, actor-writers Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover as well as host-writers like Samantha Bee, John Oliver and 2017 Emmys emcee Stephen Colbert received multiple nominations for their work on their respective series and specials.

Additionally, a number of nominated actors racked up additional mentions for their work behind the scenes as producers (or executive producers) on their respective shows (which earned Emmy noms in various categories) including Robert De Niro, Anthony Anderson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bob Odenkirk, Elisabeth Moss, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

Well-known prolific behind-the-scenes figures like Ryan Murphy, David E. Kelley, Ron Howard and Lorne Michaels also each scored multiple nominations.

Read on for more information about 15 nominees who have multiple chances to win at this year's Emmys.

  • Riz Ahmed

    Riz Ahmed
    Riz Ahmed
    Courtesy of HBO

    Thanks to his work on The Night Of and Girls, Riz Ahmed received two Emmy nominations: best actor in a limited series or movie and guest actor in a comedy series.

  • Aziz Ansari

    Aziz Ansari
    Aziz Ansari
    Courtesy of Netflix

    As co-creator and star of Master of None, Aziz Ansari is up for multiple Emmys for his work on the hit Netflix series. He was nominated for best actor and best writing in a comedy series and shares a best comedy series nomination with the rest of the Master of None production team as an executive producer on the show.

  • Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin
    Courtesy of ABC/Heidi Gutman; Will Heath/NBC

    This two-time Emmy winner is up for more awards this year — one for best supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Donald Trump on this season of Saturday Night Live and another for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition series for Match Game

  • Samantha Bee

    Samantha Bee
    Samantha Bee

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee only received one Emmy nomination last year, for writing, but this year the show and its host returned in a big way, scoring multiple nods for the TBS series and White House Correspondents' Dinner special. Bee herself is part of the Full Frontal team nominated for outstanding variety talk series and outstanding writing for a variety talk series. And the comedian and her team behind Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner are up for best variety special and best writing for a variety special.  

  • Louis C.K.

    Louis C.K.
    Louis C.K.

    Louis C.K. 2017, a Netflix comedy special, gained the renowned comedian two Emmy nominations: best variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special. 

  • Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert
    Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

    Stephen Colbert's CBS Late Show was memorably snubbed in major Emmy categories last year but, like his fellow Daily Show alum Samantha Bee, Colbert came back with a vengeance in 2017. The host-writer-producer, who will also serve as emcee for this year's Emmy Awards, is part of the Late Show team up for best variety talk series and outstanding writing for a variety talk series this season. He also shares two nominations (for best variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special) for his live Election Night special, which he's admitted turned out to be a tough gig.

  • James Corden

    In addition to James Corden being nominated for his main gig as host and producer of CBS' Late Late Show, which scored him two nods (for variety talk series and interactive program), Corden received nominations for two other shows. He's part of the team nominated for outstanding special class program (the 70th annual Tony Awards), on which he served as producer and host. And Corden's most recent Carpool Karaoke primetime special earned him a nomination for outstanding variety special; he served as producer and host on the CBS program.

  • Ann Dowd

    Ann Dowd
    Ann Dowd
    Courtesy of Hulu; HBO

    Dowd received a nomination for best supporting actress in a drama for the acclaimed new Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. And she's up for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her appearance this year on The Leftovers

  • Donald Glover

    Donald Glover
    Donald Glover
    Courtesy of FX

    Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover scored four Emmy nominations for his work in front of and behind the camera on the FX series: best actor in a comedy series, outstanding writing and directing for a comedy series, and he's part of the Atlanta team nominated for best comedy series.

  • Jimmy Kimmel

    Randy Holmes/ABC

    Jimmy Kimmel was a busy host over the past 12 months. In addition to his weeknight gig emceeing and executive producing ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, for which he's nominated for outstanding variety talk series, he hosted the 2016 Emmys and 2017 Oscars. The latter gig earned him a nomination for outstanding special class program.

  • Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor
    Ewan McGregor
    Courtesy of FX; Noam Galai/WireImage

    McGregor was not only nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his leading role on Fargo, but also for outstanding narrator on Wild Scotland

  • John Oliver

    John Oliver
    John Oliver
    Courtesy of HBO

    After Last Week Tonight won Emmys for best variety talk series and best writing for a variety series last year, the show and its host-writer-producer John Oliver have the chance to score a second consecutive win in each category.

  • Matthew Rhys

    Matthew Rhys
    Matthew Rhys
    Courtesy of FX; HBO

    Rhys was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his work on The Americans and was also recognized for his single-episode stint on Girls with a nomination for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series. 

  • Liev Schreiber

    Liev Schreiber
    Liev Schreiber
    Courtesy of Erica Parise/SHOWTIME; Mike Pont/WireImage

    Schreiber received three Emmy nominations this year, including outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Ray Donovan and two outstanding narrator nods — for Muhammad Ali: Only One and UConn: The March to Madness

  • Sarah Silverman

    Sarah Silverman
    Sarah Silverman
    Courtesy of Netflix

    The comedian's Netflix special, Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust, earned her nominations for both best variety special and best writing for a variety special. 

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