Donald Trump has another reason to fume: Dr. Fauci – or, actually, Brad Pitt playing Dr. Fauci – has an Emmy nomination.
Pitt (shown here) played him in a brief opening sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Now he’s part of the show’s big haul for acting nominations.
That includes three regulars (Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon) and three hosts (Eddie Murphy, Adam Driver and Phoebe Waller-Bridge), plus guest actress Maya Rudolph and Pitt.
That started when a CNN host asked Dr. Anthony Fauci whom he would like to portray him, Ben Stiller or Pitt. “Brad Pitt, of course,” Fauci responded immediately.
A short time later, Pitt – in elaborate make-up – did it. It’s been a busy time for both men: Pitt won an Oscar (which Trump grumbled about) and Golden Globe in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Fauci got to throw out the first pitch of the baseball season, while Trump settled for playing catch on the White House lawn.
The nominations, announced today (Tuesday), are at www.emmys.com. The drama list is a sweep for cable and streaming … including a newcomer, “The Mandolorian” on Disney+. Others are “Succession,” “The Crown,” “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” “Ozark,” “Killing Eve” and “Better Call Saul.”
The comedy list has one network show (NBC’s “The Good Place”) and two from basic cable – “Schitt’s Creek” on Pop and “What We Do in the Shadows” on FX. Until now, “Atlanta” and “Schitt’s Creek” were the only basic-cable shows nominated in that category.
Others comedy nominees are HBO’s “Insecure” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” plus streaming’s “The Marvelouus Mrs. Maisel,” “The Kominsky Method” and “Dead To Me.”
Those nominations provide a farewell shot for two shows that voluntarily ended their runs early.
“Schitt’s Creek” drew nominations for all four stars, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy and father and son, Eugene and Daniel Levy. “The Good Place” drew them for Ted Danson, William Jacksaon Harper, D’Arcy Carden and Rudolph … who is in the guest-star category, competing with her own work on “Saturday Night Live.”