Sandra Oh congratulates Killing Eve co-stars on Emmy nominations

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent
The BBC drama picked up a total of nine nominations.

Sandra Oh congratulated her Killing Eve co-stars Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw after the trio all picked up Emmy nominations.

The BBC series, starring Oh as an MI5 agent on the hunt for Comer’s psychopathic assassin, was nominated for a total of nine awards, including the prestigious outstanding drama series prize.

Oh and Comer will go head-to-head for the outstanding lead actress in a drama award.

Irish actress Shaw picked up a supporting nomination for her portrayal of an MI6 officer on the show. She was also recognised for guest actress in a comedy series for her part in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.

Canadian Oh celebrated Tuesday’s nominations on Twitter, sharing a picture of her and her two co-stars.

It was captioned: “Congratulations my beautiful women! @jodiecomer #fionashaw @KillingEve (best show!)” Oh, 47, added: “AND congrats @fleabag #phoebewallerbridge #fionashaw x2.”

Oh also scored a nomination in the guest actress in a comedy series for an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Liverpool-born Comer, 26, reacted to the nominations on her Instagram story. Comer posted a list of her Killing Eve co-stars’ nominations alongside a clip of Eurythmics’ Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen sent a thread of tweets after Who Is America, the political satire television series he created, was nominated for three Emmy awards.

The actor and director wrote on Twitter it was a “bare-bones production”, and referencing one of the show’s infamous sketches added: “I went out into the heartland of this country armed only with a camera crew, a makeup kit and my trusted pedophile detector.”

He added: “I want to thank my crack team of researchers told to uncover bigotry, racism and hate in the US. That took them about 30 seconds… they just started following the President.

“While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognized. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver.

“I’ve played some lunatics in my time, but the look of vacuous evil in his eyes as he autographed a waterboard kit, would put Daniel Day Lewis to shame.

“There’s one more person I need to thank even though she didn’t appear in the final project, Sarah Palin. Sarah, if you are out there, and you are WAY out there, please know the last time unseen footage generated as much interest, was when Donald Trump visited a Moscow hotel room.”

Ava DuVernay paid tribute to the Central Park Five after her series about the boys wrongly convicted of rape was nominated for 16 Emmys.

The director wrote on Twitter: “It all started here. Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story.

“Thank you @TelevisionAcad for honoring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member.

“And saluting Raymond, Korey, Antron, Yusef and Kevin. Love you, brothers.”

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 22.