“Watchmen” Tops List of 2020 Emmy Nominations

Your 2020 Primetime Emmy Award nominees have been announced.  The full list is available here. The Emmys are currently scheduled to air on ABC on September 20 with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. What form the ceremony will take is, like just about everything this year, subject to change. What we do know is that Kimmel and the Emmy producers are putting on some kind of show, and they’ll be celebrating a truly remarkable year on the small screen (all hail the most nominated show of the year, Watchmen, and its’ star Regina King.) Whether the show is live, mostly virtual, or some kind of hybrid ceremony will be sorted out, one way or another, at a later date. For now, what’s important is the list of nominees, representing work that feels even more vital now than ever.

Some topline numbers; Watchmen garnered an astonishing 26 nominations, Netflix broke the record for most nominations of any network or platform, and Disney+’s The Mandalorian nabbed a surprise nomination in the Best Drama category.

Let’s have a look!

Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian


Stranger Things


Best Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place


The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

What We Do in the Shadows

Best 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

Best 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

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul

Nicholas Braun – Succession

Kieran Culkin – Succession

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession

Bradley Whitford – The Handmaid’s Tale

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Mark Duplass – The Morning Show

Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Laura Dern – Big Little Lies

Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies

Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve

Julia Garner – Ozark

Sarah Snook – Succession

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Samira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best 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

Best 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

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Mahershala Ali – Ramy

Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live

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

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Betty Gilpin – GLOW

Yvonne Orji – Insecure

Cecily Strong – Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek

D’arcy Carden – The Good Place

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America




Best 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

Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Shira Haas – Unorthodox

Regina King – Watchmen

Octavia Spencer – Self Made

Kerry Washington – Little Fires Everywhere

Best Directing for a Drama Series

Homeland, “Prisoners of War” – Lesli Linka Glatter

Ozark, “Fire Pink” – Alik Sakharov

Ozark, “Su Casa Es Mi Casa” – Ben Semanoff

Succession, “Hunting” – Andrij Parekh

Succession, “This Is Not for Tears” – Mark Mylod

The Crown, “Aberfan” – Benjamin Caron

The Crown, “Cri de Coeur” – Jessica Hobbs

The Morning Show, “The Interview” – Mimi Leder

Best Writing for a Drama Series

Better Call Saul, “Bad Choice Road” – Thomas Schnauz

Better Call Saul, “Bagman” – Gordon Smith

Ozark, “Boss Fight” – John Shiban

Ozark, “Fire Pink” – Miki Johnson

Ozark, “All In” – Chris Mundy

Succession, “This Is Not for Tears” – Jesse Armstrong

The Crown, “Aberfan” – Peter Morgan

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Modern Family, “Finale Part 2” – Gail Mancuso

Ramy, “Miakhalifa.mov” – Ramy Youssef

Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” – Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy

The Great, “Pilot” – Matt Shakman

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” – Amy Sherman-Palladino

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio” – Daniel Palladino

Will & Grace, “We Love Lucy” – James Burrows

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” – Daniel Levy

Schitt’s Creek, “The Presidential Suite” – David West Read

The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready” – Michael Schur

The Great, “Pilot” – Tony McNamara

What We Do in the Shadows, “Collaboration” – Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil

What We Do in the Shadows, “Ghosts” – Paul Simms

What We Do in the Shadows, “On the Run” – Stefani Robinson

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Best Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

Ru Paul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Featured image: Regina King. Photo Mark Hill/HBO.



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