Primetime Emmy nominees include Stanford alumni

Stanford alums and television royalty STERLING K. BROWN, ’98, and ISSA RAE, ’07, have earned Emmy nominations for their roles in three hit television series.

Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown

Brown, who earned Emmys in 2016 and ’17, is up for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Randall Pearson on This Is Us (nominated for outstanding drama series) and for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his role in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode “The Box.” This Is Us begins its third season in September.

Rae, a first-time Emmy nominee, is up for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Issa Dee on Insecure, which she co-created with Larry Wilmore. Before Insecure, Rae was a producer, writer, director and actress best known for her web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which was the inspiration for Insecure. The series begins its third season in August.

Issa Rae
Issa Rae

Westworld, co-created by LISA JOY, ’99, who also has some directing and writing credits on the show, was nominated for outstanding drama series. Westworld has been renewed for a third season.

Netflix, co-founded and headed by REED HASTINGS, MS ’88, is the TV distributor with the most major nominations, with 36.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.