Kenan Thompson joins the vaunted few in Emmy history who have received double nominations in the acting categories. Thompson’s are highly unusual, with both in the full-time regular series categories for lead and supporting comedy. He received a Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nom Tuesday for his portrayal of Kenan Williams in his eponymous NBC comedy series. He also earned a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nom for Saturday Night Live. These are not Thompson’s first Emmy noms, however. He previously received an Emmy nomination in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for Saturday Night Live for the song “Come Back, Barack” from an episode hosted by Chance the Rapper.
Multiple Emmy winner Jean Smart is experiencing her first time as double nominee in the acting categories. Smart received a nomination for her leading role of legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance in HBO Max’s hit comedy Hacks. She also received a nomination for Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role as Mare’s mother Helen in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, which also is nominated in the uber-competitive Limited Series race that includes HBO’s I May Destroy You, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, Amazon’s The Underground Railroad and Disney+’s first Marvel series WandaVision.
Smart first won back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and 2001 for her portrayal of Lana “Legs” Lynley on Frasier. Seven years later she won her third Emmy, a Supporting Actress in a Comedy trophy, for Samantha Who?. She received six additional nominations for roles on Watchmen, Fargo, Harry’s Law, The District, and 24.
Aidy Bryant also landed double nominations as Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Shrill and Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Saturday Night Live.
Maya Rudolph and Sterling K. Brown also nabbed double nominations — Rudolph for Guest Actress In a Comedy Series for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Character Voice-Over for Netflix’s Big Mouth; and Brown for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for NBC’s This Is Us and Narrator for Lincoln: Divided We Stand, a six-part CNN Original Series.