“And the Emmy Nominations Go To…” Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

BREAKING: The Television Academy has announced this morning their nominations for outstanding work done in the television medium. Unlike previous nomination announcements for the prestigious awards, this one was done via virtual technology courtesy of a global pandemic. Hosting this announcement was the always resplendent Leslie Jones who turned over actual nomination announcements in the primetime categories to Laverne Cox, Tatiana Maslany and Josh Gad (whose name I always want to spell with an “l” as in “Josh Glad.” Ho-hum, digressions.). They were joined by Television Academy chairman/CEO Frank Scherma.

 The competition, pandemic or no, was tight and formidable this year, with a record busting 767 programs in contention in over 100 categories for the coveted golden Emmy. Submissions increased this year by an impressive 15 percent over 2019.

Here are some of the highlights of the biggest nominees. Want to check out the whopping mama jahamba complete list? Shoot on over to our better coifed cousins at Deadline for the intricacies that they do best…and tell ‘em Vents sent ya!

Some quick takeaways: This writer is happy to see some love bestowed upon the Netflix show Stranger Things (Outstanding Drama Series) as well as two other faves in the same Outstanding Drama category, Succession and The Handmaid’s Tale.

On the Outstanding Comedy Series side of things, viewers will be hard pressed to find a better show than The Kominsky Method (Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas in a painfully funny best), and this nomination almost makes me forgive a second season that was waaaay too truncated.

 Don Cheadle (Outstanding Lead Actor In a Comedy Series) getting some deserved attention too, for the stellar work he’s put in Black Monday is nice to see, and it’s always a happy day when the incomparable Jason Bateman (Outstanding Lead Actor In a Drama Series; Ozark) gets a little award love.

The winners for this year’s Emmy’s will be announced on September 20 live on ABC and will be hosted this year by Mr. Jimmy Kimmel.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Stranger Things
Succession

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead To Me
The Good Place
Insecure
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do In The Shadows

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Black Monday
Showtime • Sony Pictures Television, Point Grey Pictures, Shark vs. Bear, After Alaska
Don Cheadle as Mo Monroe

black-ish
ABC • ABC Studios
Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson Sr.

The Good Place
NBC • Universal Television in association with Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
Ted Danson as Michael

The Kominsky Method
Netflix • A Warner Bros. Television Production Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky

Ramy
Hulu • A24 Television
Ramy Youssef as Ramy

Schitt’s Creek
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

The Morning Show
Apple TV+ • Media Res
Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler

Ozark
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Jason Bateman as Martin ‘Marty’ Byrde

Pose
FX Networks • Fox21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Billy Porter as Pray Tell

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Brian Cox as Logan Roy

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy

This Is Us
NBC • 20th Century Fox Television
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Bad Education
HBO • HBO Films in association with Automatik, Sight Unseen and Slater Hall Productions
Hugh Jackman as Frank Tassone

Hollywood
Netflix • Netflix
Jeremy Pope as Archie Coleman

I Know This Much Is True
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Willi Hill Productions and FilmNation Entertainment
Mark Ruffalo as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey

Normal People
Hulu • Hulu Originals in association with BBC
Paul Mescal as Connell

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

black-ish
ABC • ABC Studios
Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson

Dead To Me
Netflix • CBS Television Studios
Christina Applegate as Jen Harding

Dead To Me
Netflix • CBS Television Studios
Linda Cardellini as Judy Hale

Insecure
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment
Issa Rae as Issa

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel

Schitt’s Creek
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

The Crown
Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II

Euphoria
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, Dreamcrew, ADD Content Agency | HOT | TCDY Productions
Zendaya as Rue

Killing Eve
BBC America • Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
Jodie Comer as Villanelle

Killing Eve
BBC America • Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
Sandra Oh as Eve Polast ri

The Morning Show
Apple TV+ • Media Res
Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy

Ozark
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Little Fires Everywhere
Hulu • ABC Signature Studios / Hello Sunshine
Kerry Washington as Mia Warren

Mrs. America
FX Networks • FX Productions
Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly

Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
Netflix • SpringHill Entertainment and Wonder Street in association with Warner Bros. Television
Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker

Unorthodox
Netflix • Studio Airlift and RealFilm
Shira Haas as Esther Shapiro

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Dros. Television &amp DC Comics
Regina King as Angela Abar / Sister Night

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
NBC • Universal Television in association with Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment
Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt

The Good Place
NBC • Universal Television in association with Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye

The Kominsky Method
Netflix • A Warner Bros. Television Production
Alan Arkin as Norman Newlander

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Sterling K. Brown as Reggie

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman

Ramy
Hulu • A24 Television Mahershala Ali as Sheikh Malik

Saturday Night Live
NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Kenan Thompson as Various Characters

Schitt’s Creek
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Daniel Levy as David Rose

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Better Call Saul
AMC • High Bridge, Crystal Diner, Gran Via Productions and Sony Pictures Television Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring

The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu • MGM, Daniel Wilson Productions, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures
Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence

The Morning Show
Apple TV+ • Media Res
Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison

The Morning Show
Apple TV+ • Media Res
Mark Duplass as Charles ‘Chip’ Black

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans

Westworld • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Hollywood
Netflix • Netflix
Dylan McDermott as Ernie

Hollywood
Netflix • Netflix
Jim Parsons as Henry Willson

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Netflix • Universal Television in association with 3 Arts Entertainment, Little Stranger, Inc. and Bevel Gears
Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Jovan Adepo as Officer Will Reeves / Hooded Justice

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Louis Gossett Jr. as William Reeves

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
GLOW
Netflix • Tilted Productions
Betty Gilpin as Debbie Eagan

The Good Place
NBC • Universal Television in association with Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
D’Arcy Carden as Janet

Insecure
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions, Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment
Yvonne Orji as Molly

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman

Saturday Night Live
NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Kate McKinnon as Various Characters

Saturday Night Live
NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Cecily Strong as Various Characters

Schitt’s Creek
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Big Little Lies
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Blossom Films, Hello Sunshine, David E. Kelley Productions and crazyrose Productions
Laura Dern as Renata Klein

Big Little Lies
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Blossom Films, Hello Sunshine, David E. Kelley Productions and crazyrose Productions
Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright

The Crown
Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret

The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu • MGM, Daniel Wilson Productions, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures
Samira Wiley as Moira

Killing Eve
BBC America • Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens

Ozark
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore

Succession
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy

Westworld
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Thandie Newton as Maeve

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Hollywood
Netflix • Netflix
Holland Taylor as Miss Kincaid

Mrs. America
FX Networks • FX Productions
Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm

Mrs. America
FX Networks • FX Productions
Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug

Mrs. America
FX Networks • FX Productions
Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan

Unbelievable
Netflix • CBS Television Studios
Toni Collette as Detective Grace Rasmussen

Watchmen
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake

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

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Unbelievable
Unorthodox
Watchmen

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM

The Masked Singer
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Big Mouth • How To Have An Orgasm
Netflix • Netflix
Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress

Central Park • Episode One
Apple TV+ • 20th Century Fox Television
Leslie Odom Jr. as Owen

Crank Yankers • Bobby Brown, Wanda Sykes & Kathy Griffin
Comedy Central • Kimmelot, ITV, Central Productions, LLC
Wanda Sykes as Gladys

The Mandalorian • Chapter 8: Redemption
Disney+ • Lucasfilm Ltd.
Taika Waititi as IG-11

The Simpsons • Better Off Ned
Fox • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson, Ralph, Todd

The Simpsons • Frinkcoin
Fox • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Hank Azaria as Professor Frink, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Cletus, Kirk, Sea Captain

Outstanding Animated Program

Big Mouth • Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!
Netflix • Netflix

Bob’s Burgers • Pig Trouble In Little Tina
Fox • 20th Century Fox Television

BoJack Horseman • The View From Halfway Down
Netflix • Tornante Productions, LLC

Rick And Morty • The Vat Of Acid Episode
Adult Swim • Rick and Morty, LLC

The Simpsons • Thanksgiving Of Horror
Fox • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

Forky Asks A Question: What Is Love?
Disney+ • Pixar Animation Studios

Robot Chicken • Santa’s Dead (Spoiler Alert) Holiday Murder Thing Special
Adult Swim • Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

Steven Universe Future • Fragments
Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

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