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The 2020 Emmy Nominations Are Here

The Emmys are still on schedule to happen this year. Despite COVID-19, the awards ceremony is planning a show for September 20th. Jimmy Kimmel, who’s taking a break from his show this summer, will host the event. Will there be much of a crowd? Will winners be able to accept their awards? Hardly important questions these days, but nonetheless, the 72nd Emmy Awards are happening. The nominees, which have its surprises and snubs, have been revealed. Check out the fully Emmy nominations below.

Biggest Surprise: Lots of Love for The Mandalorian

Most surprising of all? The Mandalorian collected a ton of nominations, including best drama series. The Disney+ show has a whopping fifteen nominations. It’s a very entertaining show, but best drama? Was the Mandalorian constantly flashing back to his childhood or just blatantly talking about his personal history really great drama? It’s a cool show, despite a weak episode or two, but it’s surprising The Mandalorian nabbed the best drama spot. The same goes for Stranger Things, which spun its wheels quite a bit in season three and has grown a bit repetitive. Then again, it’s not that surprising since awards shows are more often than not popularity contests. 

Two Pleasant Surprises

Without question, What We Do in the Shadows season two is the funniest show we’ve seen so far this year. No comedy can touch the uproarious laughs on that show. Week after week in season two is comedy gold. Thankfully, the Emmy voters recognized the brilliance of season two. 

Not so surprising but still nice to see? Hugh Jackman scored a nomination for his incredible performance in Bad Education. Jackman was terrifying in that role. The actor’s charisma was a great weapon in that HBO movie, which is nominated for best TV movie as well.

The Morning Show Dominates

Surprisingly, The Morning Show has scored a ton of nominations. The Apple series wasn’t a hit with critics, and not a whole lot of people were talking about it. It’s a good show, but then again, with all its star power, it’s not surprising it’s getting awards attention. The performances were excellent, though, so they deserve all the love they’re getting. Billy Crudup is the MVP of The Morning Show

Photo Credit: (Mark Hill/HBO)
Watchmen Reigns Supreme

Sometimes the Emmy overlooks more genre-heavy television. It’s still baffling how much they overlooked Twin Peaks: The Return and so many more shows that are a little more out there. Watchmen is very accessible, of course, but it’s still a comic book show at heart. The limited series was a gigantic phenomenon this year and one of the best parts of the pop culture discussion. It earned all of its nominations, starting with Regina King.

Fully Emmy Nominations

Drama Series

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“Killing Eve” (BBC America/AMC)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

“Ozark” (Netflix)

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

“Succession” (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Dead to Me (Netflix)

The Good Place (NBC)

Insecure (HBO)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Outstanding Limited Series:

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)

Unbelievable (Netflix)

Unorthodox (Netflix)

Watchmen (HBO)

Outstanding TV Movie:

American Son (Netflix)

Bad Education (HBO)

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones (Netflix)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Steve Carell (The Morning Show)

Brian Cox (Succession)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Jeremy Strong (Succession)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)

Olivia Colman (The Crown)

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)

Laura Linney (Ozark)

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Zendaya (Euphoria)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Don Cheadle (Black Monday)

Ted Danson (The Good Place)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Ramy Youssef (Ramy)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me)

Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)

Issa Rae (Insecure)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Jeremy Irons (Watchmen)

Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)

Paul Mescal (Normal People)

Jeremy Pope (Hollywood)

Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America)

Shira Haas (Unorthodox)

Regina King (Watchmen)

Octavia Spencer (Self Made)

Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Giancarlo Esposito ( Better Call Saul )

Bradley Whitford ( The Handmaid’s Tale )

Billy Crudup ( The Morning Show )

Mark Duplass ( The Morning Show )

Nicholas Braun ( Succession )

Kieran Culkin ( Succession )

Matthew Macfadyen ( Succession )

Jeffrey Wright ( Westworld )

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Laura Dern ( Big Little Lies )

Meryl Streep ( Big Little Lies )

Helena Bonham Carter ( The Crown )

Samira Wiley ( The Handmaid’s Tale )

Fiona Shaw ( Killing Eve )

Julia Garner ( Ozark )

Sarah Snook ( Succession )

Thandie Newton ( Westworld )

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Mahershala Ali (Ramy)

Kenan Thompson (SNL)

Daniel Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

William Jackson Harper (The Good Place)

Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)

Sterling K. Brown (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Betty Gilpin (GLOW)

Yvonne Orji (Insecure)

Kate McKinnon (SNL)

Cecily Strong (SNL)

Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek)

D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen)

Jovan Adepo (Watchmen)

Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend)

Louis Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)

Dylan McDermott (Hollywood)

Jim Parsons (Hollywood)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Uzo Aduba (Mrs. America)

Toni Collette (Unbelievable)

Margo Martindale (Mrs. America)

Jean Smart (Watchmen)

Holland Taylor (Hollywood)

Tracey Ullman (Mrs. America)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (The Outsider)

Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)

James Cromwell (Succession)

Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)

Andrew Scott (Black Mirror)

Martin Short (The Morning Show)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black)

Cherry Jones (Succession)

Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)

Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)

Harriet Walter (Succession)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Adam Driver (Saturday Night Live)

Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Eddie Murphy (Saturday Night Live)

Dev Patel (Modern Love)

Brad Pitt (Saturday Night Live)

Fred Willard (Modern Family)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

Angela Bassett (A Black Lady Sketch Show)

Bette Midler (The Politician)

Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)

Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live)

Wanda Sykes (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Animated Program:

Big Mouth

Bob’s Burger

Bojack Horseman

Rick and Morty

The Simpsons

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program:

The Masked Singer

Nailed It

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)