2020 Emmy Nominations Revealed: Watchmen Leads Over Maisel, Ozark, Succession, and Schitt’s Creek

Netflix breaks record for most nominations in a single year with 160 total

HBO’s Watchmen series

    Celebrating the best in television, the 2020 Emmy Awards takes place Sunday, September 20th on ABC. Given the current pandemic, it’s still unclear whether the ceremony will take place digitally or offline. Jimmy Kimmel will nonetheless host the festivities.

    Today, the nominees for 2020 were announced in a digital event hosted by Leslie Jones. Joining the comic were presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, Tatiana Maslany, and Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

    Leading the charge over the entire spread is HBO’s Watchmen with 26 nominations. Not surprisingly, Amazon favorite The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fared well with 20 nominations, followed by HBO’s Succession and Netflix’s Ozark with 18 each.


    Speaking of Netflix, the streaming giant broke the record for most nominations in a single year with a jaw-dropping 160 in total. The previous high-water mark was set last year when HBO notched 137. Much of this can be accredited to Netflix’s expansion in programming.

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    Other notable titles receiving 15 nominations each include Pop TV’s final season of Schitt’s Creek, NBC’s beloved institution Saturday Night Live, and, yes, Disney+’s The Mandalorian. The latter series is something of a dark horse candidate.

    Other highlights include an Outstanding Comedy Series nod for FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, a Lead Actress nomination for Euphoria’s Zendaya; Outstanding Score and Original Music nominations for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ work on Watchmen; and an Outstanding Documentary Special nom for Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story.


    A few other stray observations: Dave Chappelle nabbed two Outstanding Variety Special noms, while Tiger King will go up against Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance for Outstanding Documentary Series. It doesn’t get more 2020 than that.

    Of course, as with any year, there were a ton of outstanding snubs, and 2020 is no exception. Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn comes to mind (not to mention her co-stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks), as does Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Harbour for Stranger Things, Reese Witherspoon for not one, not two, but three shows, and certainly Cynthia Erivo’s scene-stealing turn in The Outsider.

    Nevertheless, with titans such as Game of Thrones and Veep behind us, the slate feels more open than ever — and also incredibly diverse. In fact, as Variety points out, 34.3% of the acting nominees are Black, an increase from 2018, when 27.7%  was the highest percentage in Emmys history. Your move, Oscar.


    Below, you can see the full list of nominees.

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

    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 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 Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Kieran Culkin, Succession
    Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
    Nicholas Braun, Succession
    Matthew MacFayden, Succession
    Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
    Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
    Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

    Outstanding 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

    Outstanding Comedy Series
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Good Place
    Dead To Me
    The Kominsky Method
    Schitt’s Creek
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    What We Do In the Shadows


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


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Betty Gilpin, GLOW
    Yvonne Orji, Insecure
    Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
    Cecily Strong, 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

    Outstanding Limited Series
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Mrs. America

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

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
    Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
    Jim Parsons, Hollywood
    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
    Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
    Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
    James Cromwell, Succession
    Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
    Martin Short, The Morning Show
    Jason Bateman, The Outsider
    Ron Cephas Jones, This is Us


    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
    Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
    Cherry Jones, Succession
    Harriet Walter, Succession
    Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Phylicia Rashad, This is Us

    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
    Fred Willard, Modern Family
    Dev Patel, Joshua
    Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
    Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
    Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
    Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
    Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
    Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live
    Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
    Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Bette Midler, The Politician


    Outstanding Animated Series
    Big Mouth
    Bob’s Burgers
    BoJack Horseman
    Rick And Morty
    The Simpsons

    Outstanding TV Movie
    American Son
    Bad Education
    Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

    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


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

    Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
    Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
    Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
    Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill
    John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
    Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah

    Outstanding Variety Special Live
    73rd Annual Tony Awards
    77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
    Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” And “Good Times”
    Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira
    The Oscars

    Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
    American Masters
    The Last Dance
    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness


    Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
    Beastie Boys Story
    Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time
    The Apollo
    The Great Hack

    Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
    Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
    Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
    The World According To Jeff Goldblum
    Ugly Delicious

    Outstanding Structured Reality Program
    A Very Brady Renovation
    Antiques Roadshow
    Love Is Blind
    Queer Eye
    Shark Tank


    Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
    Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night
    Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
    RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
    We’re Here

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

    Outstanding Host for a 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