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.