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Strasberg Takes the Emmys!

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Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This week saw the unveiling of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards nominees with LSTFI alumni showing up in two categories. Both Rachel Brosnahan and John Leguizamo return to the categories they received nominations for last year. Brosnahan’s continued work in The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel secured another Lead Actress in a Comedy nomination while Leguizamo returns to the Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category with a new project, the miniseries When They See Us.

NYU Tisch at Strasberg alum, Rachel Brosnahan has quickly turned into an awards show behemoth. After an Emmy nomination for her final season on Netflix’s House of Cards, Brosnahan’s work on the first two seasons of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel has garnered two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two consecutive Critics Choice Awards, two consecutive Golden Globes and last year’s Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. A repeat bid in the same category makes Brosnahan just one of 20 nominations for Maisel which includes Outstanding Comedy Series, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, two Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and two Directing in a Comedy Series nominations. On Maisel Brosnahan plays the titular Miriam Maisel, a woman in 1950s New York City struggling to balance her life at home with her rise to becoming the next big comic. With this nomination – her second for the show and third for her career – Brosnahan seeks to defend her title against Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).

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John Leguizamo in When They See Us

John Leguizamo has been a beloved figure for over two decades now. He is already an Emmy winner for his one-man HBO special, Freak, and returns to the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category after receiving a nomination last year for Waco. This year he receives a nomination for Ava DuVerney’s Netflix miniseries When They See Us. Based on the events of The Central Park Five – five boys of color who were wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1989 – Leguizamo plays one of the boys’ fathers, Raymond Santana Sr. The four-part miniseries had a big day as well: 16 nominations including Outstanding Limited Series, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, two Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, two Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and three Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominations. Leguizamo finds himself in a category with Paul Dano (Escape at Dannemora), Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl), Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal) and his costars Asante Blackk and Michael K. Williams.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 22. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. When They See Us is currently streaming on Netflix.

Alumni News is written by NYU Tisch at Strasberg alumnus Christian Masinsin. If you are an alum and have a story you think should be featured, please email [email protected]

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