LONDON: With the second season of “Master of None” living up to everyone’s expectations and more, Aziz Ansari has proved that he is no one hit wonder.
And that’s exactly why he and his Netflix series have won nominations for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The Indian American actor has been nominated in the ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series’ category. He faces serious competition from Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
Ansari, who starred in several TV shows – but mostly remembered for “Parks and Recreation” – lit up the screen in the Netflix series, which earned viewers and critics’ approval for not only its crackling hilarity, but for also shining a bright light on issues that matter, like racism in Hollywood. Every episode of the romantic-comedy was laced with food, love, family and friends, making sure all the bases were covered.
No wonder then that “Master of None” has been nominated for the ‘Best Comedy Series” award, where the show is pitted against FX’s “Atlanta,” ABC’s “black-ish” and “Modern Family,” Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and HBO’s “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” starring Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani, who is currently basking in the success of his rom-com, “The Big Sick.”
The Columbia, South Carolina-born Ansari also shares a nomination in the ‘Best Writing for a Comedy Series’ category with Lena Waithe for “Master of None’s” “Thanksgiving” episode.
A nomination for British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is also in store at the 2017 Emmys, where the nomination list is led by NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s “Westworld.”
Ahmed’s portrayal of Nasir “Naz” Khan on HBO’s “The Night of” has landed him a nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie.’ The impact of his acting can be gauged by looking at his heavyweight competitors, which include Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor, Geoffrey Rush and John Turturro.
Ahmed, who was recognized as one of 2017’s 100 most influential stars by TIME magazine earlier this year, has also made the cut in the ‘Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’ category for his appearance on HBO’s “Girls.”
The Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS, and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert.