The 2020 Primetime Emmy Nominations Were Announced Virtually This Morning

July 28, 2020 / Posted by:

Even though COVID-19 will have actors and actresses accepting awards at home in their pajamas for the unforseeable future (Joan Crawford, quarantine vanguard!), said actors and actresses still deserve the time-honored Hollywood tradition of competing for awards. But while the movie industry is sort of standing around looking confused as hell as to when their awards ceremonies will happen, the television industry is extremely confident they’re happening as previously scheduled, and they announced the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmys this morning. But of course, because we’re still dealing with quarantine, the nomination presentation had to happen in what looks like a very expensive Zoom upgrade called Room by Zoom.

The presentation was hosted by Leslie Jones, and she was joined by Josh Gad, Tatiana Maslany, and Laverne Cox who called in from their homes. Announcing the nominations live via virtual call-in was a mess, but it’s entertaining if only to watch Leslie look like she’s starring in a one-woman recreation of the music video for “Get Down” by the Backstreet Boys.

But onto the nominations. Digital streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+ pretty much dominated the Drama and Comedy series categories. Although that’s not to say traditional channels got shut out. Lots of nominations went to HBO’s Succession and HBO’s Watchmen (with ten and eleven, respectively). Schitt’s Creek and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel both got eight. And in a twist weirder than a wine-drinking dog, Love Is Blind got one nomination (for Outstanding Structured Reality Program).

Speaking of sweeping the nominations, the actresses in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series have to compete with not one, but TWO Maya Rudolphs. She’s nominated for her appearances on The Good Place, as well as for her impression of Senator Kamala Harris on SNLBrad Pitt’s SNL impression of Dr. Anthony Fauci got him an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination (I hope if he wins, he thanks the prop glasses that did 98% of the work). Fred Willard got a posthumous nomination for his work on Modern Family. In terms of snubs, Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood only got one nomination (for acting), Meryl Streep got a nomination for Big Little Lies, but her on-screen daughter-in-law (and previous Emmy winner), Nicole Kidman, did not. Jennifer Aniston was nominated for her performance in The Morning Show, but Reese Witherspoon wasn’t. Reese’s Little Fires Everywhere co-star Kerry Washington also got a nom.

Watchmen got the most nominations (Primetime and Creative) with 26.

And RuPaul got his fifth nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, which means he’s just that much closer to breaking the record for most wins. And considering he’s swept the category for the past four years, he’s probably going to win, right? I’m sure Ru is at home steaming the wrinkles out of his nicest facekini as we speak.

You can read the full list of nominees here, but here are a few of the noms:

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Ozark (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Succession (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy
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 Comedy Actress
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 Comedy Actor
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 Drama Actress
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Zendaya (Euphoria)

Outstanding Drama Actor
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Steve Carell (The Morning Show)
Brian Cox (Succession)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Jeremy Strong (Succession)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
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 (Saturday Night Live)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek”)

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 (Saturday Night Live)
Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek”)

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 Limited Series or Movie
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
Unorthodox (Netflix)
Watchmen (HBO)

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 Variety Talk
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

Outstanding Variety Sketch
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live

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

Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality Competition Program
Amy Poehler (Making it)
Nicole Byer (Nailed It)
Bobby Berk (Queer Eye)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank)
Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef)

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