Daniel Radcliffe and Jessica Williams Receive Emmy Nominations
We’re not sick of summer yet, but we’re still looking forward to September 18, when the 75th annual Emmy Awards ceremony will air. This year’s nominees have been announced, and we’re pleased to say that former Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts cast and crew members were well represented.
In news that surprises no one, Daniel Radcliffe received a nomination. The talented star is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his spot-on performance as the titular character in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The film received eight nominations total, including Outstanding Television Movie, which Radcliffe made clear was well deserved in an interview with Variety.
We shot this film in 18 days, and I was only there for 14 of those days. So it was an incredible push from everyone to make this film happen. And you have a lot of people, the whole crew really, managing to do things they shouldn’t have been able to do with the kind of time and money that they had. Everyone just did an amazing job. It’s really just a great tribute to everyone who worked on it.
A glance at Al Yankovic’s Twitter page indicates that the artist is similarly pleased.
Sorry for screaming at the top of my lungs, but WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY JUST GOT EIGHT EMMY NOMINATIONS!!!!
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 12, 2023
Jessica Williams, who plays Ilvermorny professor Eulalie Hicks in the most recent two Fantastic Beasts films, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of the electrically eclectic therapist Gaby on Shrinking. Williams’s reaction interview with the New York Times had to be shouted through the phone, as she took the call from her place in the writer’s strike picket line outside of Walt Disney Studios. The noisy crowd around her did not diminish her obvious enthusiasm for the honor, however, and she spoke fondly of her character’s relentless vitality, stylish jumpsuits, and important refusal to fit any sort of stereotype.
One of the reasons I was so excited to do the show is because I had the opportunity to attack Gaby with specificity. Specificity kills tropes and stereotypes. Gaby, she sings Sugar Ray in the car! It’s about not putting Black actors and actresses in a box. It’s trusting us with our characters and allowing us to bloom on camera.
Jason Segel, Williams’s co-star and on-screen love interest, also received a nomination for his role in Shrinking.
Other Wizarding World alumni found that their projects received the distinction of Emmy nominations. Among the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are Andor, which features Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley); The Crown, which stars Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge); and House of the Dragon, starring Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood).
House of the Dragon received eight nominations in all, including Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes. Jany Temime, who designed costumes for the last five Harry Potter films, is one of the five highly skilled individuals credited for the wardrobe of the popular fantasy series. Colleen Atwood, who was the award-winning costume designer for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, is also getting some attention this season. Her work contributed to the Netflix show Wednesday receiving a nomination for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series.
Best of luck to our favorite nominees!