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Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon

Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon

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SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

First-timers Vanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones landed surprise nominations alongside 2016 winner Kate McKinnon (also nominated in 2014 and 2015). For Bayer, it’s bittersweet recognition of her final SNL season — the most watched in more than two decades, which nabbed the late-night stalwart the most noms (22 in all) in its 40-plus-year history.

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dave Chappelle hosted two nights after Trump’s presidential win; Tom Hanks, in his ninth outing as host, created the inimitable David S. Pumpkins; and Lin-Manuel Miranda brought Hamilton magic to his opening monologue with a riff on his musical’s hit “My Shot.”

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

This is the second time Melissa McCarthy is up against former SNL castmember Kristen Wiig in the guest category for their hosting duties (the first was in 2013 — both lost to Louie‘s Melissa Leo). It’s the eighth nomination overall for both stars.



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