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Jersey Buzz: Some New Jersey celebrities receive Emmy nominations, including the late Ray Liotta

In Thursday’s Jersey Buzz, Ray Liotta receives a posthumous Emmy nomination.

Lanette Espy

Jul 13, 2023, 2:33 PM

Updated 345 days ago


The nominations for the 2023 Emmys have been released and there's a few familiar New Jersey names on the list.
Newark native Ray Liotta is honored with a nomination for "Black Bird.” It’s one of the late actor's final projects he worked on before his death. He was nominated for outstanding supporting actor.
Michael Imperioli gained an Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO Max show “The White Lotus.” He has six other Emmy nominations and a win as Christopher in “The Sopranos” where he won the award in 2004 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. The actor and writer spent years in New Jersey, sticking to his Italian American roots.
Rutgers alumni Sheryl Lee Ralph has been nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.
Ralph, who provided the emotional high point of last year's ceremony with her half-sung victory speech for her best supporting actor Emmy in “Abbott Elementary,” said she is a “puddle of emotions” after getting nominated again amid the strife.
Actors joining movie and television writers on strike would further shut down the industry and be the first time since 1960 that two Hollywood unions were simultaneously striking. While show and film releases will continue, work on upcoming projects will cease — as would actors’ interviews and appearances to promote the projects.
The possibility of an industry debilitated by strikes could dampen any joy for the new nominees, and could put the damper on the ceremony scheduled for Sept. 18 on the Fox network.
“Change is hard. Change is difficult. And in the midst of once again of a great moment in my life, I am surrounded by a difficult moment,” Ralph told The Associated Press. “This is a fight for artistry, this is not a fight to make people rich.”
HBO dominated Wednesday morning’s Emmy nominations, with the elite trio of “ Succession,” “The White Lotus” and “The Last of Us” combining for a whopping 74.
"Succession” led all Emmy nominees in its fourth and final season with 27, including best drama, which it has won two of the past three years.
This story contains material from The Associated Press.

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