Nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with "Watchmen" nabbing the most nods at 26.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was right behind with 20 nominations, followed by "Ozark" and "Succession" with 18, "The Mandalorian," "Schitt's Creek" and "Saturday Night Live" with 15 and "The Crown" with 13.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television,” Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma said. “Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season. We are honored to be recognizing so many of the talented programs, producers, directors and craftspeople behind the remarkable storytelling that has brought us together while we remain apart.”
This year's nominees are also more diverse than some expected them to be. Actress Regina King, who is Black, stars in "Watchmen" and was nominated in the best lead actress in a limited series or movie category alongside two other women of color. Similarly, half of the best lead actor in a comedy series nominees are actors of color. And in the best supporting actor in a comedy series category, more than half of the actors recognized are Black. However, the Hispanic Caucus, an advocacy group, tweeted Tuesday that none of the nominees are Latinx, calling the news "a demoralizing disappointment."
While many of the nominations were predicted by experts, others came as a surprise. Some of those included:
- Elisabeth Moss won the best actress in a drama series Emmy in 2017 for her starring role in "The Handmaid's Tale," and earned a nomination in the same category in 2018. This year, however, her name was omitted.
- Although Meryl Streep and Laura Dern received best supporting actress in a drama series nominations for their work on "Big Little Lies," the show was snubbed in the best drama series category. Additionally, Nicole Kidman was expected by some to be recognized as one of the year's best actresses in a drama series, but she wasn't.
- "Euphoria" star Zendaya received her first-ever Emmy nomination in the best actress in a drama series category.
- "The Morning Show" received five Emmy nominations, including a best actor in a drama series recognition for star Steve Carell. He has been nominated for 11 Emmys throughout his career, but has never won.
- "The Mandalorian" won over "Star Wars" fans when it premiered on Disney+, and on Tuesday, many were pleasantly surprised to hear its name called in the best drama series category.