'House of Cards,' 'Henrietta Lacks' docudrama among Emmy nominees with Baltimore ties

"Westworld" and "The Crown" are among the dramas up for best series. (July 13, 2017)

The Netflix series "House of Cards," the documentary "The Keepers," and HBO docudramas "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and "The Wizard of Lies" are among the productions with local ties that earned Emmy Award nominations Thursday.

"House of Cards," the political drama that films in the Baltimore area, received six nominations, including for best drama. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are nominated in the lead actor and actress categories for their portrayals of Frank and Claire Underwood. Michael Kelly, who plays chief of staff Doug Stamper, is up for best supporting actor.


"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," which tells the story of the Turner Station woman and Johns Hopkins patient whose cells were developed into the first immortal cell line, is up for best TV movie. The Oprah Winfrey-starring movie was filmed in Baltimore.

Nominated in the same category is "The Wizard of Lies," an HBO docudrama about Bernie Madoff directed by Baltimore native Barry Levinson. Robert De Niro is also up for best lead actor in a limited series or movie for his portrayal of Madoff.

"The Keepers," the Netflix series that explores the unsolved killing of Baltimore nun Catherine Cesnik and abuse at then-Archbishop Keough High School, was nominated for best documentary or nonfiction series.

"Saturday Night Live" and the HBO sci-fi drama "Westworld" led the pack with 22 nominations each.

The Emmys are scheduled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Colbert as host.

See the full list of nominees here.


Update: This article was updated to include "The Keepers'" nomination for best documentary or nonfiction series.