Netflix and The Mandalorian show the power of streamers.
Even among the pandemic, there will be Emmys.
HBO’s Guardian hosted all 26 Emmy nominations, and Netflix broke the record for most nominations on any network or platform when the Academy of Television announced the nominees for the 72 Emmy Awards on Tuesday.
In the drama category, HBO’s family opera saga, Succession, more popular than today’s Netflix crime series Ozark, and Netflix’s lavish piece for Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, all won nominations.
And there was a surprise nomination in the category for best drama for the Disney + series “The Mandalorian”, which was a sensation when it debuted in the new, multibillion-dollar streaming service of the Walt Disney Company in November 2019.
The top show for another new streaming service, the series AppleTV + “The Morning Show”, did not receive a nod in the category for best drama, but two of its stars, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, received nominations for their work in the show.
From the comedy “Schitt Creek” on pop television, he received several nominations for his last season, which ended in April. Amazon’s “Wonderful Mrs. Meisel,” the best comedy of 2018, is also back in the mix. Other nominees included Netflix’s Dead to Me and HBO’s Uncertain.
Netflix broke the record for most nominations on any network, studio or streaming service with 160, breaking the record set by HBO last year. HBO came in second with 107 nominations.
The plans are due to be unveiled on September 20 during a ceremony broadcast by ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Long before Covid-19 shut down most productions, 2020 would be a year of change for the Biggest TV Awards show. Winners in multiple Emmys such as Game of Thrones, Vape and Flabag are out of competition, leaving a vacuum in drama and comedy competitions, a rarity overnight that is usually filled with repeat champions.
Filmed remotely for the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday Night Alumni graduate Leslie Jones hosted the announcement event and had more nominations than ever before. The television academy said last month that the drama and comedy categories would be expanded to eight nominees.
At a time when the number of TV series has reached a high score – there were more than 500 last year – the number of Emmy nominations has risen by 15 percent, the academy said. The members of the Television Academy will vote for the winners between August 21st and 31st.
The best actress in a drama, ranked as one of the most competitive categories.
Of all the acting categories, the best actress in a drama was the most stellar.
Olivia Coleman’s lineup as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown made a nomination on Tuesday – and winning an Emmy would be nice to complement with the Golden Globe she won in January for the role and the Oscar she won in 2019 for her portrait of Queen Anne in The Beloved.
Four-time Emmy winner Laura Linney, an Ozark star, received a nomination. And Ms. Aniston, who plays an enhanced news anchor on The Morning Show, received her first nomination in 11 years. (She was last nominated for a guest appearance on “30 Rock.”)
Last year’s winner, Jody Comer, star of AMC “Killing Eve”, is back, as is her main partner, Sandra O, who has never won an Emmy. Zendaya was nominated for HBO’s Euphoria.
How competitive was this category? Snubs include Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show, Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies, and 2017 Best Actress winner Elizabeth Moss for The Maid’s Tale.
“Mrs. America” duels “Guards.”
The limited series category has become the most intriguing ceremony at the Emmys, with its big stars and the tens of millions invested by cable networks and streaming companies in single short seasons.
This year’s competition will be a mismatch between two ambitious programs that deal with social issues: “Mrs. America ”, the drama by FX and Hulu, which chronicles the battle for equal rights amendment; and The Guardians, HBO’s innovative rotation of a hard-to-adapt superhero graphic novel.
The other nominees in the category were Netflix’s “Incredible,” one of the most popular original series of 2019, along with another Netflix series, “Unorthodox,” and “Small Fires Everywhere” by Hulu.
The best actress in a limited series race looks set to be a fight between Cate Blanchett, who plays conservative fire brand Phyllis Schlafley in “Mrs.” America ”and Regina King, the masked character from“ Guards ”.
Merritt Weaver was also nominated for “Incredible”, along with Octavia Spencer for “Self-made” on Netflix and Shira Haas for “Unorthodox” on Netflix.
Will this be a remote ceremony or what?
Here’s what we know for sure about the Emis ceremony: ABC will be on TV, and her late-night personality Jimmy Kimmel will return as host for the third time.
And that’s about it.
Will it be virtual? Will it be live? Will the winners win speeches for acceptance via Zoom?
What even is an awards ceremony in the middle of a pandemic?
The TV academy did not provide any information – but with ratings of live TV events in recent months, the charming award ceremony may be just something to rekindle interest in the Emmy.
Last year, the broadcast reached a record low in the ratings, with an audience of 6.9 million.