The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards saw big wins for HBO shows led by Game of Thrones and for Pheobe Waller-Bridge, creator, writer and star of Amazon’s “Fleabag.” What you might not know is that a few of the nominees attended schools in the area including Montgomery County.
The Emmys celebrated the final season of HBO’s “VEEP” starring Holton-Arms School alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As of 2017, Louis-Dreyfus held the record for most Primetime Emmy wins as an actor for the same role with six. Last night she had the chance to break the record for most acting Primetime Emmy wins ever, but lost Outstanding Actress in a Comedy to Pheobe Waller-Bridge’s performance in “Fleabag.” Louis-Dreyfus is currently tied with Cloris Leachman with the most acting wins with eight.
Jonathan Banks, an alumnus of Northwood High School in Silver Spring, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel on AMC. He lost to Peter Dinklage for his work on “Game of Thrones.”
Steven Levenson, 2017 Tony Winner for Best Book of a Musical for “Dear Evan Hansen,” is a Bethesda native and attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac. He was nominated for Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama alongside Joel Fields for “Fosse/Verdon.” They lost to Craig Manzin’s work on HBO’s “Chernobyl.”
In addition to Montgomery County natives, other nominees grew up in other parts of the DMV.
Thomas Kail, also from “Fosse/Verdon,” is from Alexandria, Va and attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Kail won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for “Hamilton.” At the Emmys, Kail was nominated for Directing for Limited Series and lost to Johan Renck work on “Chernobyl.”
Asante Blackk, from Waldorf, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his work in “When They See Us.” He lost to Ben Whishaw from the show, “A Very English Scandal.”
Derek Waters, the co-creator and host of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” is from Baltimore and attended Towson High School. He was nominated for Director in a Comedy Series and lost to Don Roy King from “Saturday Night Live.”