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Netflix leads Emmy nominations while streaming platforms emerge as contenders

Apple TV+, Disney+, and Quibi all came out with nominations.


Michelle Jaworski

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Posted on Jul 28, 2020   Updated on Jul 29, 2020, 4:01 pm CDT

Netflix emerged with the most Emmy nominations of any network or streaming platform with 160 nominations across its shows after nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were revealed Tuesday.

But it’s far from the only major streaming contender. Streaming platforms outnumber traditional networks in several major categories; that number is even higher if you loop in traditional shows with streaming ties, like HBO. Hulu (with 26 nominations) and Amazon Prime Video (with 30 nominations) both came out strong while several streaming platforms that didn’t even exist a year ago—including Apple TV+, Disney+, and Quibi—were all nominated for the first time.

Watchmen, with 26 nominations including limited series and acting nominations for Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, and Louis Gossett Jr., accounts for nearly a quarter of HBO’s nominations and is the most-nominated series overall. Ozark and Succession both tied as the most-nominated drama series with 18 nominations apiece, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisels 20 nominations make it the most-nominated comedy series.

Netflix has multiple entries spread across drama, comedy, limited series, and television movie. It has three shows up for drama series (The Crown, Ozark, and Stranger Things), two shows up for comedy series (Dead To Me and The Kominsky Method), two limited series (Unbelievable and Unorthodox), and four television movies (American Son, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverand). Orange Is the New Black, Glow, and Hollywood all have acting nominations.

Hulu’s main draws are Ramy, which received three nominations; The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 10 nominations; Little Fires Everywhere, which received five nominations; and Normal People’s Paul Mescal for lead actor in a limited series.

Apple TV+, with 18 nominations, is largely banking on its star power in The Morning Show with acting nominations for Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, and Martin Short.

But the biggest Emmy surprise is The Mandalorian, which received 15 of Disney+’s 19 nominations. Although many of those nominations are in technical categories, Giancarlo Esposito received an acting nomination for his role as Moff Gideon while the show is up for outstanding drama series.

Even Quibi, which has gotten more attention for how it’s run than for any of its programs, came out with 10 nominations, all of which are in short form comedy or drama series categories.

You can view the full list of Emmy nominations here. The 72nd Emmy Awards will air on Sept. 20.

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2020, 12:53 pm CDT