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Here are the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

Clockwise from top left: The Good Place (Colleen Hayes/NBC); Insecure (Merie W. Wallace/HBO); Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV); Watchmen (Mark Hill/HBO)
Clockwise from top left: The Good Place (Colleen Hayes/NBC); Insecure (Merie W. Wallace/HBO); Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV); Watchmen (Mark Hill/HBO)
Graphic: The A.V. Club

While the pandemic may have banished away the usual glitzy pageantry of awards season, it hasn’t stopped the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from soldiering on with the annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Much like the rest of the world, the process and ceremony are bound to look a little different. For instance, Outstanding Drama and Comedy categories now have eight nominations each and the gendered performer categories are now seeing some parity in the number of nominations in each. (Which is something you would assume would already be a no-brainer, but apparently isn’t. That’s showbiz, kid!)

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But some things still remain the same—namely, cable and streaming continue to rule. Netflix can now boast of a whopping 160 nominations for 2020 and Apple TV+ can celebrate its Emmy debut, thanks to The Morning Show. Even without Game Of Thrones, deserving nods for shows like Insecure, Euphoria, Big Little Lies,and Succession continue to bring prestige to the highly decorated HBO. And a nomination for Hulu’s Ramy is always a great thing.

Leslie Jones led (and mostly screamed through) this year’s remote reveal with the help of Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslaney. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20 with Jimmy Kimmel set to host, though the exact format of the long-awaited presentation is unclear.

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Outstanding Comedy Series

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

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Outstanding Drama Series

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

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Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Unbelievable
Unorthodox
Watchmen

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Julia Garner, Ozark
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sarah Snook, Succession
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Samira Wiley, The Handmaids Tale

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead To Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

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
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A 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
Jim Parsons, Hollywood

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Outstanding Supporting Actress In A 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

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Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

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

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness- Queer Eye
Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary - Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman, Making It
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Outstanding Animated Program

Big Mouth, “Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!”
Bob’s Burgers, “Pig Trouble In Little Tina”
BoJack Horseman, “The View From Halfway Down”
Rick And Morty, “The Vat Of Acid Episode”
The Simpsons, “Thanksgiving Of Horror”

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Outstanding TV Movie

American Son
Bad Education
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

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Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

The Good Place,” Whenever You’re Ready” written by Michael Schur
The Great, “The Great” written by Tony McNamara
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending” written by Daniel Levy
Schitt’s Creek, “The Presidential Suite” written by David West Read
What We Do In The Shadows, “Collaboration” written by Sam Johnson andChris Marcil
What We Do In The Shadows, “Ghosts” written by Paul Simms
What We Do In The Shadows, “On The Run” written by Stefani Robinson,

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Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Better Call Saul, “Bad Choice Road” written by Thomas Schnauz
Better Call Saul, “Bagman” written by Gordon Smith Gordon Smith
The Crown, “Aberfan” written Peter Morgan
Ozark, “All In” written by Chris Mundy
Ozark, “Boss Fight” by written by John Shiban
Ozark, “Fire Pink” written by Miki Johnson
Succession, “This Is Not For Tears” written by Jesse Armstrong

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Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Mrs. America, “Shirley” written by Tanya Barfield, Written by
Normal People, “Episode 3" written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch
Unbelievable, “Episode 1" Teleplay by Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman
Unorthodox, “Part 1" written by Anna Winger
Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being” written by Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson

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For a complete list of nominees, check out the official Emmys website.

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