The 2019 Emmy nominations on Tuesday morning were filled with surprises, snubs, and some very exciting first-time nominees. One of the standout first timers to receive an Emmy nomination is actress Joey King, who earned a nomination in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her lead role in Hulu's series The Act. These tweets about Joey King's Emmy nomination for The Act show just how pumped everyone is to see King get her first ever nod from the Emmys.
King scored her Emmy nomination for the 2019 awards ceremony for her lead role as Gypsy Rose Blanchard in the Hulu true-crime series The Act. The hit true-crime series followed the story of Blanchard, a young woman who believes she is severely ill but comes to find out that her overprotective mother Dee Dee (played by Patricia Arquette) has invented her illnesses. For her dramatic turn in the series, Joey King earned a nomination for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Her costar Patricia Arquette also earned a nomination for her role in The Act in the Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category.
To commemorate the occasion, Joey King posted a brief video of herself finding out about her Emmy nomination. In the clip, fans can see King start to cry when her name is announced and then FaceTime her mom. Check out Joey King's emotional reaction below:
The nomination marks Joey King's first major award nomination since earning widespread recognition in recent years for breakout roles in Fargo and the Netflix romantic comedy The Kissing Booth. King has previously only been nominated for Young Artist Awards and Kids' Choice Awards, both of which she won. Since this is King's first ever Emmy nomination, fans were understandably thrilled to see her get the recognition. Check out all of the reactions on Twitter below:
While Joey King certainly showed her incredible acting ability throughout the eight episodes of The Act, now she faces some pretty stiff competition to actually secure the award. The Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category is stacked with amazing actors. Along with Joey King, the other nominated actors in the category are: Amy Adams for Sharp Objects, Patricia Arquette for Escape at Dannemora, Aunjanue Ellies for When They See Us, Niecy Nash for When They See Us, and Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon.
Interestingly enough, Joey King is nominated against her The Act costar Patricia Arquette, but Arquette is not nominated for The Act in that category. King will compete against Arquette's performance in Escape at Dannemora, which has been a major awards season favorite and already won Arquette a Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Award. And of course, we all know how major Sharp Objects was this past year, and Netflix's recent miniseries When They See Us is probably the buzziest project heading into the Emmys. Plus, you can never rule out Michelle Williams, especially not for her standout role in Fosse/Verdon.
Still, despite the tough competition she is facing, Joey King definitely has a shot at winning the category and scoring her first ever Emmy. Fans will have to wait until Sept. 22 to find out if she takes home the gold.