We tuned in to the 2018 Emmy Awards show Monday night to check on some of our local nominees in major categories: Amy Sedaris, Evan Rachel Wood and the Duffer Brothers.
Here’s how they did.
Sedaris, who grew up in Raleigh, got her first Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category this year for her truTV series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The show contains many references to the “Research Triangle” and was inspired by a show Sedaris watched growing up in Raleigh: “At Home with Peggy Mann,” a locally produced homemaker show that aired on WTVD from 1954 to 1980. “At Home with Amy Sedaris” returns for a second season soon.
Sedaris’ show was up against “Drunk History” (Comedy Central), “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu), “Portlandia” (IFC), “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) and “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO).
Did she win? Sadly, no. As predicted, the behemoth that is “Saturday Night Live” won for the millionth time (actually, the 72nd time).
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood is a born and raised Raleigh native nominated for the second year in a row in the Best Actress in a Drama category for her role on HBO’s western-fantasy drama “Westworld.” Wood also received Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 2017 for her role on “Westworld.” In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce” and got a Golden Globe nomination in 2004 for her starring role in the motion picture “Thirteen.”
Wood was in a really tough category, up against Clarie Foy from “The Crown” (Netflix), Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black” (BBC America), Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve” (BBC America) and Keri Russell for “The Americans” (FX).
Did she win? Sadly, no. Claire Foy won for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown” (Netflix).
The Duffer Brothers
Matt and Ross Duffer grew up in Durham and are known professionally as The Duffer Brothers. Their Netflix hit “Stranger Things” picked up a bunch of Emmy nominations last year, and this year’s second season grabbed noms as well. “Stranger Things” is nominated in the Best Drama category and the brothers are named nominees in both writing and directing categories for the “Chapter Nine: The Gate” episode.
The Duffer Brothers are known to drop Durham references in the series, including nods to Jordan Lake, Lake Eno, Cornwallis Road and much more. In an interview with The News & Observer last year, after the release of Season 2, Matt Duffer said the setting of the show (Hawkins, Indiana) is a combination of a lot of places, including Durham. The show has 12 nominations in all (many of them in technical categories not presented Monday night).
This year’s Drama Series category also includes: “The Americans” (FX), “The Crown” (Netflix), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), “This Is Us” (NBC) and “Westworld” (HBO).
Did they win? Sadly, no (at least not for tonight’s categories -- the show picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing in another ceremony). 1/ Writers for “The Americans” (FX) won in the writing category. 2/ Steven Daldry won the directing Emmy for “The Crown” (Netflix). 3/ “Game of Thrones” (HBO) won in the Best Drama category.