The #Emmys are here!!!!

COVID-infected 2020 made us forget it’s officially awards season! Well sort of. The recognition rally won’t kick off until the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September, 20 on ABC. But we saw a glimpse of the future in yesterday’s nominations announcement.

Live from a virtual studio on the west coast, Leslie Jones hosted the nomination ceremony. Before diving into the big categories, let’s highlight some stats for this year’s show.

  • Netflix holds the title of most-nominated network with a record 160 noms
  • HBO arrives in second place with 107; but, can claim the single-most nominated show in Watchmen which garnered 26
  • Several first-time nominees including Cate Blanchett & Lupita N’yango
  • Some significant and repeat snubs including Resse Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and the women of Pose

via Deadline

Now we’ll cover the main categories: Best Drama, Comedy & Limited Series or TV Movie; and, Best Actor/Actress & Supporting Actor/Actress in all three categories beginning with the latter.

Supporting Actor

Comedy: Andre Braugher (Brooklyn-Nine-Nine), William Jackson Harper (The Good Place), Sterling K. Brown (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Mahersala Ali (Ramy), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Daniel Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
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 Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)
Drama: Giancarlo Espositio (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), Jeffery Wright (Westworld)

Supporting Actress

Comedy: Betty Gilpin (GLOW), D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Yvonne Orji (Insecure), Alex Borstein (The Marvel Mrs. Maisel), Marin Hinkle (The Marvel Mrs. Maisel), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Limited Series or TV Moive: Holland Taylor (Hollywood), Uzo Aduba (Mrs. America), Margo Martindale (Mrs. America), Tracy Ullman (Mrs. America), Toni Collette (Unbelievable), Jean Smart (Watchmen)
Drama: 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)

Lead Actor

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Comedy: Don Cheadle (Black Monday), Anthony Anderson (blacki-ish), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method), Ramy Youssef (Ramy), Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
Limited Series or TV Movie: Hugh Jackman (Bad Education), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True), Paul Mescal (Normal People), Jeremy Irons (Watchmen)
Drama: Steve Carell (The Morning Show), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Billy Porter (Pose), Brian Cox (Succession), Jeremy Strong (Succession)

Lead Actress

Comedy: Tracee Elliss Ross (black-ish), Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me), Issa Rae (Insecure), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
Limited Series or TV Movie: Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere), Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America), Octavia Spencer (Self Made), Shira Haas (Unorthodox), Regina King (Watchmen)
Drama: Olivia Coleman (The Crown), Zendaya (Euphoria), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)

Now for the series categories.