Emmys 2020: What We’re Most Excited For

by Megan Hemenway
The Crown, nominated for an Emmy, Netflix
Olivia Colman of “The Crown”, nominated for several Emmys this year. Courtesy of Netflix.

This Tuesday, the Emmy nominations for 2020 finally came out. While COVID-19 has hit Americans hard this year, we can still find joy in our favorite awards shows. And what better one than our favorite past time? TV! Here’s the scoop on some of the categories and nominations we are most excited for:

Let’s Begin With the Big Two…

Best Comedy

The line-up this year definitely has lots of potential and many outcomes. A few of the shows have received nominations before such as “The Good Place”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Schitt’s Creek”, all in 2019. However, the newbies like “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Dead to Me”, could certainly make a lead. Personally, we love “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”!

Best Drama

Just like the comedy section, many of these dramas have earned nominations before aka “Better Call Saul” and more recently, “Killing Eve”. What will be truly interesting about this category is seeing who will win. Mainly, because “Game of Thrones” has held a serious reign over the Best Drama category for years now. Therefore, this year shows like “Stranger Things” and newbie “The Mandalorian” a chance to shine. If “The Mandalorian” won, it would certainly be a plus for Disney+, seeing as it would be their first Emmy win as a new streaming platform.

Ozark, nominated for several Emmys, Netflix
OZARK, nominated for several Emmys. Courtesy of Netflix

Actor/Actress Awards

While the nominations for best actor/actress in a comedy series have stayed virtually the same, there have been some interesting developments in the drama category. For women, two nominees stand out. The first is Olivia Colman for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown”, which she has received awards for previously but never an Emmy. Secondly, Zendaya has been nominated for her leading role in the HBO series, “Euphoria”. Although Zendaya is a newbie compared to other nominees, it’s safe to say “Euphoria” fans and young people, in general, will be rooting for her. Not only is Zendaya worthy of the award, but she’s also the youngest nominee in her category.

Surprises

Sometimes award shows can be surprising, not because of who wins but simply who gets nominated for what. Typically, certain shows will reign while others are pushed out of the spotlight. And even then, many shows that received high praise from audiences may not get recognized by the Emmys.

One show that surprisingly lacked nominations was “Little Fires Everywhere”. This Hulu series, based on the novel by Celeste Ng, was talked about a lot by critics and audiences. Featuring Reese Witherspoon, it almost seemed to be another form of “Big Little Lies” which had a serious winning streak for a couple of years. However, this year “Little Fires Everywhere” only received a few nominations for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series for Kerry Washington.

Onto more pleasant surprises, one nominee that took us by surprise was Marin Hinkle for her role as Rose Weissman in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. This nomination is entirely well deserved, as her performance in season 3 was astounding. Not only that, but Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination for “Maisel”, which only adds to his usual nomination for “This Is Us.” A final surprise came with the various nominations given to Netflix’s “Hollywood” (including a nomination received by Jim Parsons pictured above) and Hulu’s “The Great”.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, this Emmy season can be just as exciting as any, with COVID-19 or not. The possibilities of who will win are endless. The 72nd Emmys will premiere on September 20th, 2020 on ABC. Let us know who you want to win!


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