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after hbo announced the horror series wouldn't return for season 2, the cast and crew of Lovecraft country snagged more noms than any other hbo series. 

lovecraft country scares up 18 emmy nominations despite canellation


outstanding drama series

lovecraft country

Based on a book, HBO's decision to not renew the horror drama wasn't a complete surprise. However, HBO has given second seasons to shows based off of single novels in the past, like Big Little Lies.


lead actor in a drama series

jonathan majors

Jonathan Majors earned his first Emmy nom for playing Atticus "Tic" Freeman, a Korean War vet and bibliophile who set out to find his missing father, played by Michael K. Williams.


lead actress in a drama series

jurnee smollett

Letitica "Leti" Lewis, a singer, activist and friend of Tic, earned former child star Jurnee Smollett her first Emmy nomination as well. 

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supporting actor in
a drama series

michael k. williams

HBO veteran Michael K. Willaims earned his fourth Emmy nom for his portrayal of Montrose, the missing father that Tic, Leti and uncle George find during a road trip set in 1950s Jim Crow America.


supporting actress
in a drama series

aunjanue ellis

Aunjanue Ellis, who was nominated in 2019 for her role in When They See Us, received her second Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Hippolyta Freeman, Tic's star-gazing aunt.

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guest actor in a drama series

courtney b. vance

Courtney B. Vance, who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series for The People v. O.J. Simpson in 2016, was nominated for his portrayal of George Freeman, Tic's uncle.

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writing for a drama series

misha green,

Showrunner Misha Green recieved her first Emmy nomination for writing "Sundown," the show's pilot episode.

check out the rest of the 2021 emmy nominations!

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