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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Emmy nods go to talent over glamour

Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles

WHO says you have to be skinny, young and glamorous to make it in Hollywood?

Not the voters at the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, who spread the love in their Primetime Emmy Award nominations yesterday to a slew of actors who smash the stereotype of wafer-thin blondes and tall, dark and handsome men.

Few nominees were more surprised than plus-sized actress Melissa McCarthy, who scored her first Emmy nod for her lead role in 'Mike & Molly', a romantic comedy about a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group.

"Yikes," gulped McCarthy (40), who was announcing the nominees live on US television when her own name came up.

Veterans Betty White (89), who is enjoying a late-career renaissance, and Cloris Leachman (85) got their 17th and 22nd Emmy nominations respectively for playing characters in their advancing years.

"I'm going to be 90 in January. Don't you think it's a little bit amazing to be lucky?" White told the 'Hollywood Reporter' of her nomination for 'Hot in Cleveland'.

With the exception of Chris Colfer (Kurt), the youthful stars of musical comedy 'Glee' were overlooked.

Curvaceous Christina Hendricks, however, was recognised again for her role as the sexy head secretary who keeps TV's 'Mad Men' in line.

Meanwhile, Randee Heller (64), who plays the eccentric (and now dead) Miss Blankenship on the show -- the gray-haired keeper to the door of Don Draper's office -- won a surprise guest actress nod. Fans of Miss Blankenship last year created a Facebook page in her honour.

And Kathy Bates (63) nabbed a Best Actress mention for her role as a fired and cantank- erous lawyer in the drama 'Harry's Law' -- a part that was originally written for a crusty older man.

Irish Independent

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