‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘Mare of Easttown’ face off, while Mj Rodriguez pulls off a first.

By John Koblin

Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” sparked a spike in chess set sales, and already has claimed top limited series honors at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Now it’s been nominated for an Emmy.

But it’s possible its hot streak could come to an end. HBO’s gritty crime drama “Mare of Easttown” also earned a nomination in the limited series category, as did another HBO series, “I May Destroy You.” Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” was nominated, and so was “WandaVision.” The HBO whodunit “The Undoing,” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, was left off the list.

Best actress in a limited series may be the Emmys’ most-watched race. Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”), Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”), Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”) all landed nominations in what many award prognosticators believe will be the most competitive category at the Emmys. Ms. Kidman was shut out for “The Undoing,” though Mr. Grant landed a nomination in the best actor race.

Jean Smart landed a second acting nomination in the best supporting actress in a limited series category, for her role as Winslet’s mother in “Mare of Easttown.” Kenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant were also double acting nominees: Thompson earned nods for NBC’s “Kenan” and “Saturday Night Live”; Bryant was honored for Hulu’s “Shrill” and “Saturday Night Live.”

And Mj Rodriguez was nominated for best actress in a drama for the final season of “Pose,” the first time a transgender person has landed a nomination in a lead acting category.

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