Showbiz lost a great last December when Carrie Fisher tragically passed away. Although best known for her work on the big screen -- namely the Star Wars franchise -- Carrie Fisher turned in some fabulous performances on the small screen as well. Her very last role before she died was as Mia on Amazon's Catastrophe. Because she was undeniably awesome, Carrie Fisher has received a posthumous nomination for an Emmy award.
The nominations for the 2017 Emmys were announced this morning, and Carrie Fisher scored a nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for her work on Catastrophe in Season 3. She faces stiff competition in the category, as she goes up against Wanda Sykes of black-ish, Becky Ann Baker of Girls, Angela Bassett of Master of None, Melissa McCarthy of Saturday Night Live, and Kristen Wiig of Saturday Night Live. Still, given the hilarity of her performance, I'd say that her odds of winning are quite good. Given that most of the news we've heard about Carrie Fisher recently has only enhanced the tragedy of her death, I'm glad to have some definitive good news.
Carrie Fisher played Mia in Catastrophe. As the politically incorrect and blunt mother of one of the lead characters, she stole every scene she was in as she found creative ways to criticize her son, his wife, and their children. According to star and co-creator Rob Delaney, Fisher was just as much of a inspiration behind-the-scenes as she was on camera. In fact, she ad-libbed a song that would ultimately be included in the episode. That song was about nipples, which would be positively preposterous... if ad-libbed by anybody other than Carrie Fisher. Honestly, even if the rest of her performance had been a flop, she'd deserve an award just for inventing a song about nipples.
Of course, Carrie Fisher's appearance in Catastrophe won't be the very last time that fans see something new from the actress. She finished filming her scenes as General Leia for the upcoming Star Wars film The Last Jedi, so she'll be back on the big screen by the end of the year. It has yet to be announced just how the latest Star Wars trilogy will compensate for Fisher's absence in Episode IX, although the only two options are probably writing Leia out of the action somehow or recasting the iconic role. We can likely rule out the production team using using visual effects they way they did in Rogue One for Peter Cushing. We'll have to wait and see.
The 69th Annual Emmy Awards will air on CBS live on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET with Stephen Colbert as host. If you missed the Emmy nominations when they were released, you can check out our list. We've also picked out 10 actors, shows, and ensembles that were totally snubbed by the nominations, so be sure to take a peek!