BY DUSTIN BREWER
We’re breaking down everything you need to know about the 2020 Emmy Award Nomination Announcement.
Like almost everything so far this year, the announcement of the 2020 Emmy nominees was done a little different than usual. Hosted by SNL’s Leslie Jones, the broadcast also feature video call-ins from other guests throughout. Here’s everything you need to know about the highs, lows, and outright snubs from the day.
Up: Emmy Watches the “Watchmen”
If you watched HBO’s “Watchmen” then you knew that it deserved all sorts of awards recognition for everything from its’ strong performances, storylines that seemed to predict 2020 and all the unrest across the country, and masterful direction pulling it all together. Still, you probably had to be Dr. Manhattan to predict that the HBO limited series would lead all Emmy nominees with 26! The show took some unbelievable gambles and more than deserves the nominations it secured including acting nominations for Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Jovan Adepo, Louis Gossett Jr., & Jean Smart along with Outstanding Limited Series & also three separate nominations in the directing category. The only real bummer is that this same love wasn’t given to Tim Blake Nelson for his role as Wade Tillman/Looking Glass.
Up: Mando & Baby Yoda Crash the Party
Did anyone expect the Disney Plus show “the Mandalorian” to secure 15 nominations including Best Drama Series? Probably not, but with 15 of 19 Disney Plus nominations, it’s safe to say that the cast & crew should at least expect to take home a little hardware on Emmy night.
Snub: No Love for “Desus & Mero”
After switching to Showtime from Vice, Desus & Mero have enjoyed a bigger budget and more creative license to say or do basically whatever they want. Now, running variety talk shows during a pandemic is a challenge that no one saw coming but the Bodega Boys have made it work just as much as the nominees in the category (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Full Front with Samantha Bee, the Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and deserved the recognition.
Neutral: One “Shark” Gets Picked?
This isn’t good or bad or a snub or anything but how did voters decide that Barabra Corcoran should be the one nominated for Best Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program? Just seems odd. Not that I’d pick anyone over her but like, just nominate all 5 and if the win make them have to make pitches for why they should be the one that gets the trophy.
Snub: Can’t Call “Saul”
By all accounts “Better Call Saul” has only gotten better as it’s continued its’ run on AMC into later seasons. The show itself received some nominations but the lack of nominations for Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Rhea Seehorn is surprising given that some critics had them pegged as early favorites to win in their respective categories.
Up: Netflix Breaks Records
Netflix broke HBO’s record for most nominations for a network with 160, which is more than four dozen more than second-place this year, which happens to be HBO. Netflix pumps billions into producing original content every year so the recognition has to be sweet but I’m sure the lack of “Space Force” love after such hype is still kinda disappointing for the streaming giant.
Snub: Reese Witherspoon Goes 0-3
Reese Witherspoon had three roles on three different networks that were all critically well-received. All three shows even got other nominations. But Reese didn’t get a single nom for roles in HBO’s “Big Little Lies”, Apple TV+’s “the Morning Show”, and Hulu’s limited series “Little Fires Everywhere”. Now, I didn’t watch any of them but still, you’d think the odds would be in your favor at that point for something at least.
Up: “What We Do in the Shadows” Gets Some Love
FX’s comedy series based on the 2014 vampire movie didn’t receive any acting nominations but did manage to sneak in as a nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series after a very strong sophomore season. In an absolutely stacked category, they’ve still more than earned their spot which will hopefully lead to even more fans tuning in for season 3.
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the virtual Emmy Awards broadcast on September 20th on ABC.
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