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The 2020 Emmy Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 28, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 28, 2020 |


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I’ll say this for the 2020 Emmy Nominations: There’s too much content, and not enough nominations to cover it all. That said, the Emmy folks covered some of the most important bases this year, namely: Watchmen is well represented in the Limited Series category, Succession in the Drama category, and Ramy, Schitt’s Creek and The Good Place in the comedy category. That is a great place from which to start, not to mention the fact that someone out there actually watched and appropriately appreciated What We Do in the Shadows, which not only landed a comedy nom, but three writing noms, as well. That’s three times more viewers than the FX series had.

There were also some unexpected and lovely surprises, like the nominations of Unorthodox and Unbelievable on Netflix, both terrific but largely under-the-radar series. I also appreciated that The Great and Normal People got some recognition, although I thought both deserved even more (perhaps in lieu of Dead to Me, which had a very good season, but fell well short of those two series).

Then there are the obligatory noms, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (which I love, but acknowledge it doesn’t deserve all the recognition), The Kominskey Method (for the old folks), Ozark (for the bread-and-butter voters), and Killing Eve, which had a great first season but has kind of sucked since. And then there are the nominees that someone paid a lot in terms of swag to ensure, like all of those The Morning Show nominations (decent show, but not Emmy-worthy), and Little Fires Everywhere (same). Also, The Mandalorian, added into the Best Drama category (really) for Dan and Tori, and only Dan and Tori.

There are snubs aplenty, I’m sure, but the ones that stick out the most to me at the moment is both Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul, who are hands down better than Bateman and Linney in Ozark, but don’t have the name recognition. That said: I’m willing to forgive them a little because they nominated Andre Braugher for Brooklyn Nine Nine. Well done.

Alas, here are the nominees for 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held on September 20, 2020 and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
SNL
Insecure
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do in the Shadows

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
Traces Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Kenan Thompson, SNL
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Cecily Strong, SNL
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Michael Schur, The Good Place
Tony McNamar, The Great
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
David West Read, Schitt’s Creek
Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil, What We Do In The Shadows
Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows
Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Stranger Things
Succession

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 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 Writing For A Drama Series
Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul
Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul
Peter Morgan, The Crown
Chris Mundy, Ozark
John Shiban, Ozark
Miki Johnson, Ozark
Jesse Armstrong, Succession

Outstanding Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Unbelievable
Unorthodox
Watchmen

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 Blanchette, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Supporting Actor, 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 Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight
The Late Show

Outstanding Competition Program
The Masked Singer
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

(The complete list of nominations can be found here).




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