Andy Samberg may have mixed feelings today. The “Saturday Night Live” star partners with pop star Justin Timberlake on very funny short films on the show. Samberg conceives and co-writes them. But it’s Timberlake who got an Emmy nomination today for their work on the hilarious “Motherlover.”

Justin isn’t the only “SNL” actor with an Emmy nomination. Amy Poehler and Kristin Wiig each picked up citations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Poehler was nominated last year. This marks a new incursion into the Emmys by “SNL,” which used to not be ready for prime time.

It’s not completely unprecedented however: back in the 1970s, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd all got acting nominations. The amazing Radner won — it was a category called Outstanding Single Performance’in 1978.

For Justin, it’s a tip of the hat. He’s been a hit as a comedy star on “SNL,” proving to be an excellent mimic and game for anything. He could revive variety TV as a host if he wanted to, and some network — probably HBO — should persuade him to stop trying dramatic movie roles and do this instead. He’s a winner.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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