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The actress was nominated for her guest role in the Amazon comedy series’ third season as Mia, the troublesome mother of Rob (played by Rob Delaney), an American who moves to London when his one-week fling leads to an unplanned pregnancy. She had finished filming her scenes in the notable sixth episode shortly before her death in December. Fisher was 60 years old when she suffered a major heart attack during a transatlantic flight and died a few days later in the hospital.
Also nominated in the best guest actress, comedy series category are Wanda Sykes for Blackish, Becky Ann Baker for Girls, Angela Bassett for Master of None, and Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, each for hosting Saturday Night Live.
Posthumous nominations have occurred often throughout Emmy history, as they’re seen as tributes to the late actors. Only six actors have won Emmys posthumously: Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Raul Julia, Diana Hyland, Marion Lorne and Alice Pearce.
Fisher previously earned two Emmy nominations, including one in the same category in 2008 for her guest role in NBC’s 30 Rock. Her HBO special Wishful Drinking, a taped version of her one-woman play on Broadway, was also nominated for best variety, music or comedy special in 2011.
Fisher appeared in four episodes throughout Catastrophe‘s initial two seasons, and her third-season episode became a tribute to the late star. “It was such a shock to lose her and so unexpected and so awful, that all we had was her performance in episode six to think about,” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan told THR of Fisher’s “funny and heartfelt performance” back in April. “So, that’s what we concentrated on: making that episode a dedication to her, I guess, and beyond that, no, because it’s hard watching her onscreen so alive and yet no longer with us.”
Horgan took to Twitter after the nominations to say she was “very happy and sad and proud and messed up and delighted about” Fisher’s nomination.
Before her death, Fisher also filmed scenes to reprise her role as Leia Organa in the eighth installment of the core Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, which will be released in December.
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