The 2020 Emmy Nominations: Find Surprises & Deserving Nominees
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The 2020 Emmy Nominations Are Here! Find Out The Snubs, Surprises, And Deserving Nominees

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BY September 20, 2021

Ah, awards shows. The yearly events that celebrate some of the latest and greatest in television. While plenty of ceremonies are being canceled and postponed, the Emmy awards are still able to push ahead. The official 2020 Emmy nominations are out. Some of our favorites made the list, while a few others didn’t quite make the cut. Find out if yours did, too! Here’s the official list of nominations for the top categories at the Emmy Awards.

The 2020 Emmy Nominations

2020 Emmy nominations Image via NBC

Best Comedy

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place


The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

What We Do In The Shadows

Each comedy on this list is so different than the next that it’s impossible to guess who will take home the trophy. Schitt’s Creek was phenomenal, and their latest and final season was a success. But is that enough to beat the last season of The Good Place?

Best Drama

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian


Stranger Things


There are certainly a handful of incredible shows on this list. Though, many of them have just released what could arguably be considered the worst (I’ll let you guess which ones we’re talking about.) The Mandalorian is an interesting choice, but Better Call Saul might be worthy, too.

Best Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America




I don’t even want to spend a second trying to guess where this category could go. Little Fires Everywhere was an unexpectedly beautiful and chaotic story, but Watchmen was a real standout.

Best Actress, Comedy

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Issa Rae, Insecure

Brosnahan has won her fair share of awards with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While it’s anyone’s game, a win for O’Hara might be a delight. Though, Issa Rae is a worthy opponent.

Best Actor, 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

The world might currently feel like The Bad Place, but Ted Danson’s performance could trick us into thinking otherwise.

Best Actress, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria

Zendaya. Need I say more?

Best Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

The winner for this category is often a complete surprise. Could we see a Billy Porter win again?

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Kerry Washington would have my vote, but I don’t think that the series stands the best chances. A Regina King win would be more than well deserved, too.

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Another male list with no clear winner. Though, a Pope or Irons win seems the most likely.

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maissel

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

D’Arcy Carden has been snubbed in far too many awards shows. Her role as Janet deserves better.

Supporting Actor, 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

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Madeline Wuntch is turning in her grave because Captain Holt could be a clear front runner.

Supporting Actress, Drama

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Julia Garner, Ozark

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Sarah Snook, Succession

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

The second season of Big Little Lies may not have lived up to the success of the first season, but Meryl Streep’s performance deserves praise.

Supporting Actor, Drama

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

We’re certain that the casting team at Succession is celebrating right about now. This category is filled with series that have multiple nominees, which may make it harder for a clear voting choice. So, the award may go to a well-deserved Esposito.

Supporting Actress, 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

Mrs. America must be joining Succession at the party! Another tough race, though Toni Collette’s performance in Unbelievable was a series standout.

Supporting Actor, 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

Watchmen winner may just take this one, but our winner pick is still up for debate.

Television Movie

American Son

Bad Education

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

Could Breaking Bad win one last Emmy?

The 2020 Emmy Nominations Are Filled With Dominating Shows

2020 Emmy nominations Image via Lucasfilm

Netflix has taken the win yet again, breaking HBO’s record for the network with the most nominations. Shows like Hollywood, Mrs. America, and Watchmen have all managed to exceed expectations for shows, while others like Euphoria have been snubbed.

Curious about the nominees for other categories, like directing? You can find a full list here.

Are you happy with the 2020 Emmy Awards nominations compared to 2019? Let us know your thoughts, and who you hope takes home the biggest prizes!

Featured image via HBO.

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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.


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