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Emmy Nominations 2020: Watchmen and The Mandalorian Receive Plenty of Love

The Emmy Awards have gotten more and more exciting in recent years. After all, we are in the best era of television, where small screen series aren’t seen as a less artistic and less important alternative to films that are released in theatres. The 2020 Emmy nominations are out and there’s loads to talk about.

First of all, a comic book adaptation totally dominated the proceedings. Damon Lindelof’s absolutely brilliant TV series, Watchmen, raked in 26 nominations, which includes ‘Best Limited Series’ and multiple acting and directing nods. With major Oscar nominations given to Black Panther and Joker and now Watchmen dominating the Emmys, it looks like people are finally taking comic book adaptations seriously. Speaking of dominating, Watchmen receiving this number of nods also means once again, HBO has proven itself to be the Network to subscribe to for the most pristine television shows.

The biggest surprise of this year’s Emmys is just how much love The Mandalorian received, deservedly so, if you ask me. While most of the nominations have come in the technical categories, the series did also receive a nod in the most prestigious category, Best Drama Series, beating our one of the favourites, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show.

Here are the nominees from the biggest categories: 

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

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, “” – 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