2020 Emmy Nominations

The film industry may be at a standstill during the pandemic but TV was flourishing and we're finally in official Emmy season! I have so much to talk about with these nominations. There's a LOT i love, a few things I'm sad about and some surprising snubs. Below is a list of the acting nominations + my thoughts.

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
The biggest shocker here is The Mandalorian! I'm psyched for the show and never in a million years thought they'd actually be nominated. The snub in this category is Pose though. They had an excellent second season and not getting anything here stings.

Outstanding Lead 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
Zendaya got in! She was a dark horse so I'm happy for her. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon getting snubbed shocked me. Reese was eligible for three different shows in two different categories. I thought she'd hit somewhere. I'm also bummed none of the ladies from Pose got in. As much as I love Colman, I think MJ Rodriguez is stronger. 

Outstanding Lead 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
There's a Pose nomination! The most exciting one for me was Jeremy Strong getting in for Succession. I love that. Emmy favorite Bob Odenkirk didn't make it in, and even though he was great in this season of Better Call Saul, I'm okay with that if it made room for Strong. I wish we had room for Ben Mendelsohn in The Outsider here.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Matthew MacFayden, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
More Succession! I'm glad Kieran finally got an Emmy nomination after getting 2 Globe noms and even Cousin Greg gets in there. Happy to see Bradley Whitford too.  I don' watch The Morning Show so I can't speak to that. Jeffrey Wright had so little to do during this season of Westworld I'm surprised it's him and not Aaron Paul here. 

Outstanding 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
So they DID remember Big Little Lies. Not surprised by those two nominations because they were easily the showiest performances of the second season. I love reigning champ Julia returning and Sarah Snook getting in for Succession is wonderful. But I can't ignore the more egregious snub in Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul. How are they not voting for her? When you look at one shows are nominated and past nominees, and think about Yvonne and Anne for THT, Millie for Stranger Things, any of the other Big Little Lies actresses, you know Rhea can't be anywhere near any voters top 10. That's insane. 

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Good Place
Dead To Me
The Kominsky Method
Schitt’s Creek
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
What We Do In the Shadows
You all know how much I love Insecure and Mrs. Maisel! I don't personally watch What We Do In The Shadows but I always mean to start it and it getting in is huge. 

Outstanding Lead 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
I'm bad about watching comedies but the two leads from the two I do watch got in, so that's all I care about. 

Outstanding Lead 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
I have the least to say about this category other than good for reigning Globe winner Ramy, and cool, Don Cheadle has a new show. I do like Ted Danson in The Good Place too.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
This is only the second time in his SNL tenure that Kenan has been nominated.I LOVE William Jackson Harper being nominated. I haven't seen the most recent season of The Good Place because I watch on Netflix, but I love him in the previous seasons. I'm not surprised at all Sterling got in for Mrs. Maisel. He was great in that too, even though I'm surprised he was in it enough to be supporting and not guest. I think Michael Zegan would've been a better choice.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, 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
I really need to watch GLOW because Emmys LOVE them some Betty Gilpin. I'm mostly excited for Yvonne Orji and Cecily Strong's first nomination each!

Outstanding Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
I thought this would be a category that would benefit from expanding as well to include I Know This Much Is True, but nope. I watched all 5 of these mini series and they were wonderful, so I'm happy for all. 

Outstanding 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
Did the Emmys forget about El Camino? They used to LOVE Aaron Paul. I can't believe they missed the chance to nominate him for playing Jesse Pinkman again. Either way, this has to go to Mark Ruffalo. I can't imagine anyone else taking it. 

Outstanding 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
I was so nervous for Shira Haas getting snubbed and I am SO happy to see her here. Same with Regina King and Kerry Washington. Cate Blanchett is excellent in Mrs. America so I'm happy she's in too. I'm disappointed for Kaitlyn Deaver in Unbelievable though. I thought for sure she would get in. No Merrit Weaver either, though Run was so bad maybe some voters got petty? Another snub that saddens me is Zoe Kazan in The Plot Against America. I'm shocked that show was completely shut out.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Jean Smart, Watchmen
I was expecting this to be an even bigger Mrs. America bloodbath. I'm bummed for Ari Graynor and Sarah Paulson who were also wonderful in Mrs. America, but you can only have so many. I'm happy to see Toni Collette here since her co-stars missed out.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
This category confuses me the most. I love Yahya and I expected him and his big dick to be nominated, but Adepo and Gossett were both huge surprises. The confusing part is Hollywood, which I felt like was universally panned by critics? I don't think I read anything positive about that show, so seeing it randomly come up in the actor categories was a bit odd. I think Philip Ettinger deserved a nomination for I Know This Much is True, and I would've liked to have seen Jesse Plemmons sneak in for El Camino as well, but we know the Emmys kind of forgot that. 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
James Cromwell, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Martin Short, The Morning Show
Jason Bateman, The Outsider
Ron Cephas Jones, This is Us
Black Mirror, I love you but you need to gtfo of this category jumping and just stay in Limited Series where you should have been the whole time. I'm happy for Andrew Scott because I love him but Black Mirror not being treated as a mini series has been annoying me for years. The Emmys sure love Giancarlo giving him a nom for The Mandalorian. Personally it's the women in the show that have left the biggest impression acting wise. Aside from Baby Yoda, of course. Nice to see Bateman for The Outsider too. That show was really good until the finale. 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Cherry Jones, Succession
Harriet Walter, Succession
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Phylicia Rashad, This is Us
I had forgotten Orange is the New Black was even eligible this year, it feels like it's been more than one year since the finale. Sophia was such an underused character, but it's nice to see some trans representation since Emmys are severely lacking with it in regards to Pose. 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Fred Willard, Modern Family
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I LOVE Dev Patel and Adam Driver both getting nominated. Patel was great in that episode of Modern Love and I'm glad he's not being forgotten for it. SNL hosting is always hit or miss but I'm bias for anything Adam Driver so I'm here for it. 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Bette Midler, The Politician
I like Maya as God on The Good Place and Wanda was a nice, quick addition to Mrs. Maisel. I'm struggling with remembering much of the SNL episodes here though.

Outstanding TV Movie
American Son
Bad Education
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Oh so they didn't forget about El Camino...just the actors in it. I've only seen that and Bad Education which were both very good.

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
Sign me up for another John Oliver win, please. 


  1. I have only seen 3 and one of them I didn't care for. All the others are not found on regular tv. Oh that one with Ted Danson, I didn't care for at all. I am happy that Schitt's Creek got this much love because it is hilarious and Canadian:)

    1. The funny thing about The Good Place to me is that Kristen Bell is the worst part of it, and she's the star. Everyone else on that show acts circles around her and that's definitely not the intention.

  2. Zendaya getting nominated was a big surprise as I'm rooting for her to win. Plus, Trent & Atticus of NIN are nominated twice in the music category. That means that if Trent wins an Emmy, he's one award away from getting the EGOT. He'll need the Tony.

    To think that 20 years ago, Fat Freddy Durst and his lame band tried to take Trent down by using "Closer" in one of his songs and put him out for good while being Vice President of Interscope. Now, Durst is almost becoming irrelevant while Trent is widely respected, has a family, he's happy, and NIN still makes great music. We NIN fans loathe Limp Bizkit.

    1. Becoming irrelevant? I think Durst already is irrelevant lol. Reznor's done a great job for himself. I've never been into NIN, but I enjoy the scores he writes for movies.

      I'm so happy for Zendaya too. I wish some of th other Euphoria actors would've also got nominated but she was so excellent, I'll take it.

  3. This a major step forward for me!!!! There is one (and shamefully only one) show nominated THAT I HAVE ACTUALLY WATCHED!!!! So I will be rooting hard for The Mandalorian. I doubt it will win but at least I officially have a rooting interest! :D

  4. Hey thanks for covering the Emmy! I was thinking about it but didn't watch enough shows to feel that my opinion is warranted, LOL. Glad for The Mandalorian, and also some of my fave female performers like Olivia Colman, Regina King, Sandra Oh, etc. getting noms. Oh and I LOVE Dev Patel in Modern Love so yay!!

    1. Thanks for reading! This is probably the most fun I've had writing something since Quarantine began lol. So happy for Dev too! His nomination in that category is bullshit and he should be in Mini Series, but whatever.

  5. Billy Crudup is my favourite from The Morning Show! I loved him, so glad he got a nomination and I'm rooting for him to win.
    Schitt's Creek... my heart.. I LOVE ALL THE LOVE FOR THAT SHOW!! Especially rooting for it so Mrs. Maisel stops winning, I'm sorry but I dislike that show ever since I realised I couldn't keep watching season 2.
    Bette Midler for The Politician should also win, she was so good in the second season, made me laugh so many times. Loved her story line too.

    1. Crudup was so good in The Morning Show. What a smarmy fuck lol


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