Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s food-filled romantic comedy Master of None racked up a slew of nominations in major categories for the 69th annual Emmy Awards this morning. Co-creator and star Ansari is nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for portraying the protagonist, Dev, while the show itself is also in the running for Outstanding Comedy Series. Angela Bassett, who appears as Denise’s mom in Season 2’s true masterpiece “Thanksgiving,” received a nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. And Lena Waithe, the actress/writer who plays Denise, is nominated along with Aziz in the category of Writing for a Comedy Series for “Thanksgiving.”
In other Emmy news, Anthony Bourdain got nominated in the category of Writing for a Nonfiction Program for Parts Unknown, and his show also received four other nominations including one in the category of Informational Series or Special. Top Chef is in the running to win a statue in the category of Outstanding Reality Competition Program. The dynamic duo of Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg got nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program for their work on Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and shout-y British guy Gordon Ramsay also got recognized in this category for his work on MasterChef Junior. Last, but certainly not least, Guy Fieri’s freewheelin’ fried-food extravaganza Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is in the running to win an award for Structured Reality Program.
Last year, the Master of None creators won the gold in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy for their work on the episode “Parents.” Yang used his time on the stage to reflect on how Asian Americans are represented in the media, telling the audience: “There are 17 million Asian Americans in this country and there are 17 million Italian Americans. They have The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Sopranos, we got Long Duk Dong. We have a long way to go."