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‘Watchmen’, ‘Maisel’, ‘The Mandalorian’ show strong during virtual Emmy nominations announcement

HBO/Mark Hill(LOS ANGELES) — HBO’s Watchmen scored 26 nominations, the most of any program, when nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

Via a virtual ceremony that streamed this morning at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, Saturday Night Live veteran Leslie Jones revealed the nominations, which were streamed live at Emmys.com and YouTube, including some audio sync problems throughout.

Joining Jones were co-presenters Josh Gad from Frozen, Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, and Orphan Black and Perry Mason star Tatiana Maslany.

Netflix earned the most nominations of any network in history, with a whopping 160 nominations — a record for the most nominations in a single year — followed by HBO in distant second, with 107.

Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its comedy category domination, earning 20 nominations.  Netflix’s Ozark and HBO’s Succession earned 18 nods each.

Disney+’s Star Wars show The Mandalorian surprised expectations out of the gate, with 15 nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama and one for Giancarlo Esposito. The Better Call Saul star was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for playing the cunning Moff Gideon.

All told, the streaming service, owned by the parent company of ABC News, earned 19 nominations.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 20 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.  Jimmy Kimmel is slated to host the event.  As of now, that ceremony will likely also be virtual.

Here are the Emmy nominees in the major categories:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesAnthony Anderson – black-ishDon Cheadle – Black MondayTed Danson – The Good PlaceMichael Douglas – The Kominsky MethodEugene Levy – Schitt’s CreekRamy Youssef – Ramy

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesChristina Applegate – Dead to MeRachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselLinda Cardellini – Dead to MeCatherine O’Hara – Schitt’s CreekIssa Rae – InsecureTracee Ellis Ross – black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman – OzarkSterling K. Brown – This Is UsSteve Carell – The Morning ShowBrian Cox – SuccessionBilly Porter – PoseJeremy Strong – Succession

Outstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesJennifer Aniston – The Morning ShowOlivia Colman – The CrownJodie Comer – Killing EveLaura Linney – OzarkSandra Oh – Killing EveZendaya – Euphoria

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHelena Bonham Carter – The CrownLaura Dern – Big Little LiesJulia Garner – OzarkThandie Newton – WestworldFiona Shaw – Killing EveSarah Snook – SuccessionMeryl Streep – Big Little LiesSamira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNicholas Braun – SuccessionBilly Crudup – The Morning ShowKieran Culkin – SuccessionMark Duplass – The Morning ShowGiancarlo Esposito – Better Call SaulMatthew Macfadyen – SuccessionBradley Whitford – The Handmaid’s TaleJeffrey Wright – Westworld

Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or a Television MovieJeremy Irons – WatchmenHugh Jackman – Bad EducationPaul Mescal – Normal PeopleJeremy Pope – HollywoodMark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or a Television MovieCate Blanchett – Mrs. AmericaShira Haas – UnorthodoxRegina King – WatchmenOctavia Spencer – Self MadeKerry Washington – Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Limited SeriesLittle Fires Everywhere – HuluMrs. America – FX on HuluUnbelievable – NetflixUnorthodox – NetflixWatchmen – HBO

Outstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm – HBODead to Me – NetflixThe Good Place – NBCInsecure – HBOThe Kominsky Method – NetflixThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – AmazonSchitt’s Creek – PopWhat We Do in the Shadows – FX

Outstanding Drama SeriesBetter Call Saul – AMCThe Crown – NetflixThe Handmaid’s Tale – HuluKilling Eve – BBC AmericaThe Mandalorian – Disney+Ozark – NetflixStranger Things – NetflixSuccession – HBO

Outstanding Variety Talk SeriesThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Comedy CentralFull Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBSJimmy Kimmel Live! – ABCLast Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBOThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert – CBS

By Stephen Iervolino
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