Portland's Own Shrill Snags Its First Emmy Nod

Aidy Bryant has landed some long-deserved recognition for her work in the show's final season.

By Conner Reed July 13, 2021

Aidy Bryant as Annie in the third season of Shrill

It is known far and wide that the Emmys and I have been on the outs ever since 2019, when they gave Amy Adams's Sharp Objects Emmy to Michelle Williams for her (admittedly strong) arm acting in Fosse/Verdon.

This morning, however, the Television Academy made amends by turning its attention to Portland. Aidy Bryant has been nominated Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Annie in the third and final season of Shrill, Hulu's consistently excellent Rose City–shot dramedy. (She's also nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on SNL this season, which included a memorable back-from-Cancún Ted Cruz.)

Bryant has been good from the very beginning, but in the latest season, both she and Shrill leveled up. Her Annie is by turns endearing, selfish, wounded, and warm, and she also pulls off this straight-across bangs wig from the early-’10s flashback episode like an absolute pro: 

Jean Smart's turn in Hacks might be the favorite in the category this year, but she has some healthy competition in Bryant. (And the Seattle-born Smart also boasts Oregon connections, thanks to a 1970s stint at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.) 

Check out the full list of nominees here, and if you somehow never started Shrill, there's no time like the present. The entire series runs a very manageable 22 half-hour episodes, and we can confirm that the thrill of "name that neighborhood/dive bar/intersection" never wears off.

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