‘Watchmen’ Leads All Emmy Contenders with 26 Nominations; ‘The Mandalorian’ Breaks Through with 15

“Watchmen” was hailed as one of the greatest achievements in television over the past year and now the series has been nominated for a whopping 26 awards at the 2020 Emmys…

“Watchmen” has already been hailed as a true achievement in television since first debuting last year and now the Damon Lindelof led series will have the best chance to take home a lot of statues at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

On Tuesday the nominations for the 2020 Emmys were announced with “Watchmen” leading all contenders with a whopping 26 nominations. Those receiving recognition included nominations for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Jeremy Irons) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Regina King).

“There are no words to describe what today has been like, but here are some words to describe what today has been like,” Lindelof wrote on Instagram. “I was shocked, then relieved, then grateful, then overwhelmed, then numb, then ashamed because I saw the tilt of the table and understood why everything upon it slid towards me. I felt the imbalance of altruism and atonement – and knew that I talk too much about the former and not enough about the latter. I felt more pride than I thought was possible, radiating out along as many spokes as letters in the alphabet… and knowing that there was no hub because we were all the wheel.
“And I was no showrunner because this show ran me. To all the brilliant artists who made our beloved Watchmen, both recognized and unacknowledged, I am forever transformed by your patience, your care and your trust. I didn’t deserve those gifts, but I will never forget the grace with which you offered them. My gratitude is infinite and boundless. Thank you. ALL of you. A wise blue man once said that nothing ever ends… but some things have to. That’s the only way they can begin again. My part in this story is over. Whatever happens next? I leave it entirely in your hands.”

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There are no words to describe what today has been like, but here are some words to describe what today has been like.  I was shocked, then relieved, then grateful, then overwhelmed, then numb, then ashamed because I saw the tilt of the table and understood why everything upon it slid towards me.   I felt the imbalance of altruism and atonement – and knew that I talk too much about the former and not enough about the latter.  I felt more pride than I thought was possible, radiating out along as many spokes as letters in the alphabet… and knowing that there was no hub because we were all the wheel.  And I was no showrunner because this show ran me.  To all the brilliant artists who made our beloved Watchmen, both recognized and unacknowledged, I am forever transformed by your patience, your care and your trust.  I didn’t deserve those gifts, but I will never forget the grace with which you offered them.  My gratitude is infinite and boundless.  Thank you.  ALL of you.  A wise blue man once said that nothing ever ends… but some things have to.  That’s the only way they can begin again.  My part in this story is over.  Whatever happens next?  I leave it entirely in your hands.

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“Succession” from HBO also racked up 18 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama Series as well as a pair of nods for Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox.

“Ozark” on Netflix also received a similar 18 nominations after taking home several awards in 2019 with the series back in the Outstanding Drama category as well as acting recognition for Outstanding Lead Actor for Jason Bateman and Outstanding Lead Actress for Laura Linney.

One of the best surprises during the 2020 Emmy nominations was the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” receiving 15 total nominations including recognition for Outstanding Drama Series. The first ever live action “Star Wars” series from writer/director Jon Favreau was a huge hit for the launch of Disney+ and now the series will celebrate a huge number of Emmy nominations for the first season.

Here are the full list of Emmy nominees for 2020 with the awards ceremony scheduled for September 20 on ABC

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

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)

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

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

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

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

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Harriet Walter, Succession
Cherry Jones, Succession
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror (“Smithereens”)
James Cromwell, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Martin Short, The Morning Show
Jason Bateman, The Outsider
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

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 Prime)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

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

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, SNL
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

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

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

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

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
Fred Willard, Modern Family

LIMITED SERIES

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

MADE-FOR-TELEVISION MOVIE

American Son (Netflix)
Bad Education (HBO)
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones (Netflix)
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)

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

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood

REALITY SHOW HOST

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

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

The Masked Singer (Fox)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

VARIETY TALK SERIES

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)

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