Emmys 2020: Watchmen leads nominations

Emmys 2020HBO’s Watchmen dominated this year’s Emmys with 26 nominations, followed by comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20 nominations.

Watchmen is Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel. The show got nominations for most of its main performances including noms for Regina King, Jean Smart, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, and Louis Gossett Jr..

While Game of Thrones used to dominate the Emmys race for HBO, it looks like Watchmen has taken over this year. The other HBO show that should have been more recognized was Westworld which only got two nominations for its contentious third season, both for the performances of Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.

One pleasant surprise for genre fans was The Mandalorian receiving 15 nominations, including that for Best Drama Series, although no nominations for acting, writing or directing. Still, this is a win for Disney+ at the Emmys.

One very notable snub was Reese Witherspoon who appeared in three dramas nominated this year: The Morning Show, Big Little Lies, and Little Fires Everywhere. Kristen Bell was likewise (unfairly) not nominated for her performance in the final season of The Good Place though her co-stars Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden, and William Jackson Harper were nominated for Emmys. Rhea Seehorn also didn’t get nominated for her stellar performance in the latest season of Better Call Saul and only Giancarlo Esposito was recognized for his performance in the show.

According to a report by The Guardian, this year’s nominees are the most diverse group ever for the Emmys with 34.3% of actors being black as opposed to only 19.8% in 2019. Other than the nominees already mentioned, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Pope, Zendaya, Maya Rudolph, and Billy Porter were also recognized at the Emmys for their work this year.

Netflix takes the lead in overall nominations with 160, compared to 118 last year. The streaming service has the biggest ever total for any network. Its most successful show is Ozark with 18 nominations, including those for the performances of Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.

The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on ABC on September 20, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There are no details yet on how the show will take place whether completely virtual or if there will be a limited number of people assembled in a small theatre. More details will be released soon about this unique event in the history of the Emmys.

For the unedited list of nominees, click HERE.

Or you can check out the list below:

Best Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian


Stranger Things


Schitt's Creek

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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

Killing Eve, S3 Ep8 - Are You Leading or Am I?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

Westworld, S3 Ep8 - Crisis TheoryBest 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

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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

Best 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

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Dylan McDermott – Hollywood

Jim Parsons – Hollywood

Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Watchmen

Jovan Adepo – Watchmen

Louis Gosset Jr. – Watchmen

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Holland Taylor – Hollywood

Uzo Aduba – Mrs. America

Margo Martindale – Mrs. America

Tracy Ullman – Mrs. America

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Jean Smart – Watchmen

Best Directing for a Drama Series

Homeland, “Prisoners of War” – Leslie 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

Best 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

Best 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

Best Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

Little Fires Everywhere, “Find a Way” – Lynn Shelton

Normal People, “Episode 5” – Lenny Abrahamson

Unorthodox – Maria Schrader

Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” – Nicole Kassell

Watchmen, “Little Fear of Lightning” – Steph Green

Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being” – Stephen Williams

Best Writing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

Mrs. America, “Shirley” – Tanya Barfield

Normal People, “Episode 3” – Sally Rooney and Alice Birch

Unbelievable, “Episode 1” – Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman

Unorthodox, “Part 1” – Anna Winger

Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being” – Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson

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