2020 Emmy Awards: Predictions and Snubs

2020 Emmy Awards: Predictions and Snubs

Written By C. A. Ponch

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20th at 8PM EST (5PM PST) on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

What A Strange Year 

Let’s face it, 2020 was a strange year and in a lot of ways a sad year.  It was a very emotional year and a lot of that emotion was portrayed and sometimes reflected back at us on the small screen. With everyone stuck inside due to Covid-19 quarantine, watching TV became a way of life and more of an escape than usual. People no longer could go out to the movies or really go out at all. Some content that may have not typically had a lot of eyes on it in a normal year, had surprising overnight success and was launched into mainstream viewership. Documentaries and Variety Talk shows became extremely popular with huge ratings: If people couldn’t experience real life outside of their homes, they wanted to at least watch real life on TV inside of them.

With some past Emmy winning juggernauts like “Game of Thrones”, “Veep”, “The Americans” and “Mr. Robot” ending, and other great shows not eligible like “Barry”, “Fleabag”, and “Atlanta” this year’s competition is wide open.  A lot of series most recent seasons were weak, we saw Emmy darlings like “Homeland”, “The Big Bang Theory”, and “Modern Family” end, and the voters hardly noticed. Other series gave us their worst seasons to date even if they were still recognized, like “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Killing Eve “, and “Dead to Me”. Because streaming was so popular during eligibility (June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020) and voting was done during quarantine with binge watching at an all-time high; I believe a lot of voters struggled separating earlier and later seasons from their minds. I had the same issue when writing my predictions and snubs, as I kept thinking about how much I loved certain actors and episodes but really had to concentrate on what was eligible.  Like I said, it was a strange and sad year. 

Streaming Services and Premium Channels Still Dominate

Streaming services and premium channels still dominated the nominations with Netflix receiving a record 160 nominations, followed by HBO garnering 107 nominations. NBC’s “The Good Place” was the only primetime broadcast network show to get an Emmy nom for Best Comedy in the three major categories of Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Limited Series.  The most nominated show was HBO’s Limited Series “Watchmen” with 26 nominations and the series earned every single one of them. NBC was third with 47 nominations and ABC was fourth with 36, but most of their nominations came from their live television shows and specials, something streaming services don’t really do well or some cases at all.

Several new networks crashed the Emmy party this year, Disney + received 19 Emmy nominations mostly for its sci-fi epic ““The Mandalorian” which is the only really good original content on Disney+ presently. Apple TV+ garnered 18 and Pop received 16, both getting carried on the backs of their most popular shows “The Morning Show” and “Schitt’s Creek”. The other Streaming services still had high counts even though they took a few steps backwards: Prime Video received 30 nominations with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” taking credit for 20 of those as the most nominated Comedy series. Hulu somehow got more nominations this year with 26, than the year before, but didn’t have anything really stand out. FX stayed steady as the best basic cable network with 33 nominations.

Best Drama

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“Killing Eve” (BBC America)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

“Ozark” (Netflix)

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

“Succession” (HBO)

WHO WILL WIN: “Succession” (HBO)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Better Call Saul” (AMC) or “Succession” (HBO)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Homeland” and “The Morning Show”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

THE LOW DOWN: “Better Call Saul” had its best season. It is far more than just a “Breaking Bad” spin-off, it’s the best spin-off of all time.  In five seasons, it has done nothing but improve, but I still don’t think it is going to be strong enough to beat “Succession” which took a giant leap forward in its second season. Although Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn have the best chemistry on TV, the ensemble cast of “Succession” is one of the best of all time.  Jeremy Strong, Brian Cox, Sarah Snook and the rest of the supporting actors all shined this season. It’s amazing how many great moments and sharp dialogue came from that series.

It depends on your preference, but I believe “The Crown” got better in season three with all-new actors and a jump in time. It is the only show that could challenge “Succession”, because it’s cast is almost equally as solid, without as much interaction as the “Succession” cast.  ““The Mandalorian” and “Stranger Things” are both not nominated for their acting, but who needs acting when everything is that well executed. They are both pure nostalgic fun. Although both are awesome, unfortunately, they just don’t have enough in terms of great dialogue to win. “Ozark” is an interesting show. It’s immensely popular in spite of such a dark premise. I questioned the validity of the series and the choices both parents make. They are so reckless, that it’s jarring and takes me out of the story. The deeper and darker it went, the less realistic, likable and believable the characters became for me. Although still highly entertaining, the third season actually became less interesting as it became more unbelievable.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Killing Eve” are two of my favorite series as a whole, however both dropped in quality in their last seasons. “The Handmaid’s Tale” had by far its weakest season. The cinematography, costumes and acting were all still great, but I feel the story floundered. I hope the show runners can turn it around in season four, because it still has the potential to be one of the best shows in the history of television. “Killing Eve” still had some stand out moments, but Jodie Comer has really put the show on her back at this point, the creators and Sandra Oh can bring it back to prominence next season by focusing more on Eve again.

I am not sure why the voters have forgotten about how great a series “Homeland” was and still is. Its final season deserved a proper send off, and should have been nominated. I am not sure whether “The Morning Show” was better than any of the series nominated, but it was fun and it’s confusing that it had that many actor nominations and did not get a nod here.

“Succession” is nominated 18 times including for Best Drama

Best Comedy

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)                                                                                                                                

“Dead to Me” (Netflix)

“The Good Place” (NBC)

“Insecure” (HBO)

“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

“Schitt’s Creek” (Pop)

“What We Do In The Shadows” (FX)

WHO WILL WIN: “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Ramy”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Dead to Me” (Netflix) and “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

THE LOW DOWN:  Get ready for an unpopular opinion. I have been told by multiple people how good “Schitt’s Creek” is and it has been nominated for numerous awards including 16 Emmy’s this year. I do recognize how great the acting is and the premise is a strong one. I have now watched all the eligible submitted content from the past season and re-watched most of the first couple seasons. The verdict: I just don’t get it. The supporting cast besides Levy and O’Hara are fine, but not really that humorous and they seem to lack comedic timing. It’s not a very funny show even with the brilliance of O’Hara and Levy. I know a lot of people will disagree with me here, but I barely laugh at this show.  It’s cute and the actors do a great job of making these characters likable, but this is a comedy with some quotable moments that is only slightly better than most typical prime time broadcast sitcoms. I am not surprised by its popularity, but I am shocked by some critic’s adoration of it. This is the one show from 2020, I may give another try that I am not already in love with.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and its marvelous cast should win this award almost every year on pure sharp wit alone. This series is so funny, shot so beautifully and written very sharply. Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are both superb and I love their character’s interaction on the show. “The Good Place” was like nothing we have ever seen before and may never see again. It has a chance to beat “Schitt’s Creek” but only because it’s the best researched and written Comedy series in this category and maybe of all time. The acting is great but it also is a show that isn’t quite as funny as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or as I would like it to be. 

“Dead to Me” and “The Kominsky Method” both have no right being nominated. They both do not have a chance to win. Both series have funny moments but I almost wouldn’t even consider them comedies at times. They are both here on the strength of their well-chosen cast.  I am so glad “Insecure” was nominated and that Issa Rae is getting recognized. It is an amazingly modern series that is extremely funny, I just don’t think it will get enough votes to beat the front runners. It’s the only series led by young comedians. On the flip side of that, Larry David and the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” team produced one of their best seasons. It’s one of the only reboots to live up to its former glory and quality. I would not be disappointed if they won. The Emmy voters could have and should have gave “Ramy” a nomination. It’s nice to see Ramy Youssef get nominated for Best Actor but this is too unique of a series not to get a nom. Much like “Insecure”, it’s one of the only true contemporary comedies.

“Schitt’s Creek” is nominated 15 times including Best Comedy

Best Limited Series

“Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)

“Mrs. America” (FX)

“Unbelievable” (Netflix)

“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

“Watchmen” (HBO)

WHO WILL WIN: “Watchmen” (HBO)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Watchmen” (HBO)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Normal People” and “Hollywood”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)

THE LOW DOWN: The “Best Limited Series” category gave us some of this year’s best series. A lot of these shows were my favorites.  I wish a few of them could have come out in different years to get the accolades they deserve, because nothing is beating “Watchmen”. “Watchmen” may be the best limited series of all time.  I was never more disappointed by an entertainment announcement, when I heard that there will no longer be any follow-up seasons. “Watchmen” broke boundaries and educated people. I am one of the many viewers that had never heard of the 1921 “Tulsa Massacre” before watching this series. The way the show-runners mixed in real world history with the alternative history of the graphic novel is extraordinary. The acting, the action and cinematography were all better than most TV series too. It’s almost not fair for it to even be in this category, especially since “Unorthodox” and “Mrs. America” were both great too.

“Unorthodox” was not something I thought I would like as much as I did, but it just kept building up layers of realness as it went on. It is an excellent limited series. “Mrs. America” would win in most other years with a superb female-led cast. It too, taught me things I never learned in history books.

“Unbelievable” was really solid and made you think. This was another show that was driven by its female cast members and did a great job of focusing on hard to talk about topics, without being preachy, condescending, or out of touch. It focused realistically, on the issues.  Fires Everywhere” was disappointing. Great cast and premise, but was just not executed well and was boring. It really dragged, I had no interest by the end.  

Best Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”

Brian Cox, “Succession”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

WHO WILL WIN: Brian Cox, “Succession” or Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jeremy Strong, “Succession” or Brian Cox, “Succession”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”

THE LOW DOWN: Brian Cox or Jeremy Strong will win this award. They both deserve it and it’s actually their interactions with each other that are the best moments of the show and the reason both are nominated. I hope they don’t cancel each other out, because no one nominated was better than them. Can they give them a tie?

The big story here is how the voters left Bob Odenkirk off this list. This may very well be the biggest Emmy snub of all time considering how great this season of “Better Call Saul” was.  Steve Carrell was great but he was nowhere near as good as Odenkirk.  At least some of the other nominees were very close.

Best Actor, Drama Nominee for “Succession” Jeremy Strong

Best Actress, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Zendaya, “Euphoria”

WHO WILL WIN: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” or Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” or Elizabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Maybe, Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”                                                                                                                                       

THE LOW DOWN:  I think Jennifer Aniston would win most popularity contests. She is constantly in the news, for far worse and more irrelevant projects. Aniston makes everything she is in news and therefor somewhat relevant.  I think Emmy voters have been waiting for years since “Friends” for an Aniston performance they could get behind. Jennifer is just too popular and was just too good in this not to win. Super “Friends” fans will disagree with me, but this was her best performance till date. Jodie Comer has more range and shows it off but the third season of Killing Eve was just not as strong as the first two. People will want to give this to Zendaya but outside of Zendaya’s performance “Euphoria” was almost unwatchable. It was a very graphic and hard to watch show, and Zendaya’s performance kept people talking about when it should have been ignored. Linney is a dark horse (pun intended), as her character went down a dark path, she could win but I think Aniston and Comier were better.

Best Actor, Comedy

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”

WHO WILL WIN:  Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” or Ted Danson, “The Good Place”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”

THE LOW DOWN:  Two great legends of their craft are the front runners in Levy and Danson. I think one of them is going to win it on pure name recognition alone. Danson did some of his best work on the series in the final season of “The Good Place”.  Levy is so charming, I don’t think I could picture anyone else in this role and he should win. “Black Monday” was an awful show, not sure if it’s a testament to Cheadle that he is here or whether the voters are just remembering him from last year, but he shouldn’t have really been nominated. How did they leave Larry David off this list?  Ramy may follow up his Golden Globe win with a win here, he and the show are very interesting, there is nothing like it on a television.

Best Actor Comedy Eugene Levy and Best Actress Comedy Cathrine O’Hara for “Schitt’s Creek”

Best Actress, Comedy

Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

WHO WILL WIN: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Issa Rae, “Insecure” or Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Kristen Bell, “The Good Place” or Justina Machado, “One Day at Time”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”

THE LOW DOWN: There was no need to have two actresses from “Dead to Me” nominated. Applegate was better. She would have had a better chance had viewers not also voted in Cardellini. Catherine O’Hara in my opinion is the best actor on Schitt’s Creek and the best part of the show. She should win but the best performance was Issa Rae, just slightly edging out Brosnahan. This is a tough category to call, the top ladies in this category really brought it this year and most of those nominated would deserve the award.

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen”

Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”

Paul Mescal, “Normal People”

Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood”

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

WHO WILL WIN: Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education” or Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Tim Blake Nelson, “Watchmen”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: No One, I think they got it mostly right.

THE LOW DOWN: There are some heavy hitters in this category in Irons, Jackman and Ruffalo. All are deserving of this award. I give it to Ruffalo by an inch but I would not be surprised if Jackman or Irons wins. I would be surprised if Pope or Mescal wins, but it was really nice to see both of them nominated for their breakout and moving performances.

“Watchmen” leads all series with 26 nominations including Best Limited Series

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America”

Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”

Regina King, “Watchmen”

Octavia Spencer, “Self Made”

Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere”

WHO WILL WIN: Regina King, “Watchmen”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Regina King, “Watchmen” (this was a very strong category Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America” and Shira Haas, “Unorthodox” were both stellar and I wish they could give out more than one award, I would love a tie here)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Daisy Edgar Jones, “Normal People”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere”

THE LOW DOWN: This is Regina King’s award to lose. She is an Oscar and Emmy critic darling already and this was her best role yet. She was incredible. Any other year, and she would have won in a landslide but she has to go up against a few Oscar winners and a new comer in Haas who quite frankly deserves the award. Haas performance was the most intimate and real.  Blanchett transformed herself and showed the most range, but King will win. King was the best actor on the best show. Daisy Edgar Jones was brilliant in “Normal People” and should have been nominated.

Supporting Actor, Drama

Nicholas Braun, “Succession”

Kieran Culkin, “Succession”

Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”

Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”

Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

WHO WILL WIN: Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Kieran Culkin, “Succession” or Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul” and Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show”

THE LOW DOWN: Everyone was great on “Succession” and they all deserve to be here. This wasn’t a lack of originality or thought by the voters. These guys were all amazing in their roles.  Duplass was good but I am hoping he doesn’t take votes away from Crudup, because he had the best performance of the group. Crudup stole every scene he was in and lit up the screen. Much like Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks not getting nominated is a travesty for his performance in this season of “Better Call Saul”. I was shocked.

“Ozark” an “Succession” are tied for Most Dramatic nominations with 18 each

Supporting Actress, Drama

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”

Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

WHO WILL WIN: Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Susan Kelechi Watson, “This is Us” and Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale” and

THE LOW DOWN: Snook’s performance put her on the map and Meryl Streep really took the second season of “Big Little Lies” to the next level.  She added something to the show and could very well win the award because she is Meryl, but I loved Helen Bonham Carter as “Princess Margaret”. She lit up the screen and was enjoyable to watch. Carter will win. Kelechi-Watson and Seehorn were both better than a few of the other nominees in this category.

Supporting Actor, Comedy

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”

Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO WILL WIN: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Feel free to pick one, they were all great! (except maybe Thompson).

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Robert Sheehan, “The Umbrella Academy” and Aidan Gallagher, “The Umbrella Academy”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

THE LOW DOWN: I am guessing that Tony Shalhoub will win for playing his role too perfection on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” but honestly all of these performers were great, this is impossible to call.  Even Thompson had his moments but I hate seeing these SNL sketch actors take away slots from better shows. I would have loved to seen one of the Umbrella Academy actors get nominated. I think they, much like the show, are highly underrated.

Oscar winner and Best Supporting Comedy Actor Mahershala Ali for “Ramy”

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”

D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”

Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO WILL WIN: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” or D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Rita Moreno, “One Day at a Time”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

THE LOW DOWN: This is pretty simple: Alex Borstein was born for this role. She is spot on and hilariously funny. She will win but D’Arcy Caden should not go overlooked. She showed great hilarity and range as “not a robot” Janet on “The Good Place”. Once again, what are the SNL players even doing here. McKinnon deserved to be here and win it in the past and I do like Strong, but SNL was awful this year. This was a good opportunity for the voters to have more Latinx representation, they missed out by not voting in Rita Moreno. If you have not seen the reboot of “One Day at a Time”, you should. Rita is charming and supremely funny with some of the best comedic timing of anyone nominated in any category.

Supporting Actor, 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”

Dylan McDermott, “Hollywood”

Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”

WHO WILL WIN: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Watchmen” or Jim Parsons, “Hollywood”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jim Parsons, “Hollywood” or Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, “Watchmen”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Jeff Wilbusch, “Unorthodox”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: None really, these actors were all great.

THE LOW DOWN: This is another category that is too close to really call but I am going to give it to Jim Parsons. He is a Emmy darling and roles like this remind me of how great an actor he can be when he steps out of the huge “Sheldon” shadow he has cast over himself. Every one of the “Watchmen” actors deserves to be here, but I do think they will cancel each other out. Abdul-Mateen was slightly better than all his super-hero peers. 

Best Actress Regina King and Best Supporting Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for “Watchmen”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie

Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America”

Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”

Margo Martindale, “Mrs. America”

Jean Smart, “Watchmen”

Holland Taylor, “Hollywood”

Tracey Ullman, “Mrs. America”

WHO WILL WIN: Jean Smart, “Watchmen”

WHO SHOULD WIN: Jean Smart, “Watchmen” or Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Sarah Paulson, “Mrs. America” or Patti LuPone, “Hollywood”

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Once again, they were all great.

THE LOW DOWN: Collette was very good. I saw “Unbelievable” before “Watchmen” and thought Collette would easily be nominated and win this category.  Then I saw “Watchmen” and Smart turned dialogue and situations that could have come off ridiculous and out of place in a series with such a serious tone into a fully fleshed out character. Smart is going to win, but Collette would deserve it as well. Everyone in “Mrs. America” was great but this is a two-woman race.

Animated Program

“Big Mouth” (Netflix)

“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)

“BoJack Horseman” (Netflix)

“Rick And Morty” (Adult Swim)

“The Simpsons” (Fox)

WHO WILL WIN: “Big Mouth” (Netflix)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix) or “Rick And Morty” (Adult Swim)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Undone”, (Amazon Prime) and “Harley Quinn”, (HBO Max)

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)

THE LOW DOWN: This may be the hardest category to pick. Anyone who likes clever animation not meant for kids should check out “BoJack Horseman”, “Big Mouth” and “Rick and Morty”. They all deserve to win, even though the “Simpsons” (which is no longer relevant) and “Bob’s Burgers” (which was never funny and shouldn’t be here in the first place), will probably win, because they are more family oriented. The real standout is “Bojack Horseman”. The final season was amazing and will be looked back on very fondly.

“Saturday Night Live” is nominated for 15 awards, including Best Variety Sketch Series

Variety Sketch Series

“A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)

“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

WHO WILL WIN: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Drunk History” (Comedy Central)

WHO GOT SNUBBED:  Not so much Snubs but there were a few great ones that just were not eligible this year. “Documentary Now!”, “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robison” and “Who is America?” are all better than the shows nominated, but just missed eligibility.

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: All of them, what a terrible year for Sketch Comedy.

THE LOW DOWN: This category has never been worse. “Saturday Night Live” was awful, almost unwatchable with the Adam Driver hosted episode really being the stand out. Chalk this up to maybe I am not the audience for this show, but I just do not like “A Black Lady Sketch Show”. With that said, I am not the main target group for a lot of shows, that I do enjoy. It was so refreshing to see an all-female Black cast and I wanted to like this show so badly because I love Sketch shows. I was hoping for another good one after losing a few the past couple of years, but this series is painfully not funny. It’s like the anti-“Chapelle Show”, I laughed maybe once per episode. I was really hoping it would be better. So I guess by default, I am going with “Drunk History” but I seriously doubt “SNL” will lose.

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

WHO WILL WIN: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) or “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, (NBC)

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

THE LOW DOWN: This comes down to the amount of shows these series put out in a week. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” is a better series than the “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” but “Last Week Tonight” only produces one show a week compared to “The Daily Shows” four episodes a week. I think overall “Last Week Tonight” was better, but Trevor had some really outstanding moments. “The Daily Show” reached higher peaks than “Last Week Tonight” but “Last Week Tonight” never has a weak episode and very few weak moments. Everyone else nominated does not deserve to win.

The Masked Singer” is nominated for Best Reality Competition Program

Reality Competition Program

“The Masked Singer” (Fox)

“Nailed It!” (Netflix)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

WHO WILL WIN: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Masked Singer” (Fox)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: Maybe “American Idol” (ABC)

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They got it right.

THE LOW DOWN: I do not watch enough “Reality TV” to properly chose a winner but I have seen a few episodes of each of these programs and I think “The Masked Singer” is really entertaining for such a dumb premise, but “Drag Race” should win.

Documentary or Nonfiction Special

“The Apollo” (HBO)

“Beastie Boys Story” (AppleTV+)                                                     

“Becoming” (Netflix)

“The Great Hack” (Netflix)

“Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time” (EPIX)

WHO WILL WIN: “The Apollo” (HBO)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “Beastie Boys Story” (AppleTV+)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “Class Action Park” (HBO Max)

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They were all good.

THE LOW DOWN: I have watched a lot of documentaries this year and all of these were well produced and interesting. I think “The Beastie Boys Story” was very unique in the way in which the story was told. Although sad at times, it was also very positive, which is something we really need right now. 

Adam “Ad-Rock” Horvitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, and Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys

Documentary or Nonfiction Series

“American Masters” (PBS)

“Hillary” (Hulu)

“McMillion$” (HBO)

“The Last Dance” (ESPN)

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness” (Netflix)

WHO WILL WIN: “The Last Dance” (ESPN)

WHO SHOULD WIN: “The Last Dance” (ESPN) or “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness” (Netflix)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: “30 for 30: Lance”, (ESPN)

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: They were all great.

THE LOW DOWN:  This is the big one. This is the category that set all the viewership records in quarantine. Both “The Last Dance” and “Tiger King” are now part of the American lexicon. They are two of the most entertaining documentaries of all time. “McMillions” was highly enjoyable as well. All of these were outstanding but you have to give it to “The Last Dance”. I will never look at athletes and champions the same way again.

“The Last Dance” is nominated for Best Documentary and Nonfiction Series

Guest Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, “The Outsider”

Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”

James Cromwell, “Succession”

Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

Andrew Scott, “Black Mirror”

Martin Short, “The Morning Show”

WHO WILL WIN: Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us” or Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: These were all fine nominations.

Guest Actress, Drama

Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Laverne Cox, “Orange Is The New Black”

Cherry Jones, “Succession”

Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”

Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Harriet Walter, “Succession”

WHO WILL WIN: Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us” or Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: These were all fine nominations.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” leads all Comedic Series with 20 nominations

Guest Actor, Comedy

Brad Pitt, “Saturday Night Live”

Adam Driver, “Saturday Night Live”

Luke Kirby, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Eddie Murphy, “Saturday Night Live”

Dev Patel, “Modern Love”

Fred Willard, “Modern Family”

WHO WILL WIN: Fred Willard, “Modern Family” or Brad Pitt, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Adam Driver, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: These were all fine nominations.

Guest Actress, Comedy

Angela Bassett, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Bette Midler, “The Politician”

Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”

Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

Wanda Sykes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO WILL WIN: Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place” or Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Saturday Night Live”

WHO SHOULD WIN:  Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place” or Wanda Sykes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: These were all fine nominations.

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” (“This Is Not for Tears”)

Miki Johnson, “Ozark” (“Fire Pink”)

Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“Aberfan”)

Chris Mundy, “Ozark” (“All In”)

Thomas Schnauz, “Better Call Saul” (“Bad Choice Road”)

John Shiban, “Ozark” (“Boss Fight”)

Gordon Smith, “Better Call Saul” (“Bagman”)

WHO WILL WIN: Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” (“This Is Not for Tears”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Gordon Smith, “Better Call Saul” (“Bagman”) or Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” (“This Is Not for Tears”) or Thomas Schnauz, “Better Call Saul” (“Bad Choice Road”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

Best Actress Drama nominee Jennifer Aniston for “The Morning Show”

Directing for a Drama Series

Benjamin Caron, “The Crown” (“Aberfan”)

Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown” (“Cri de Coeur”)

Mimi Leder, “The Morning Show” (“The Interview”)

Lesli Linka Glatter, “Homeland” (“Prisoners Of War”)

Mark Mylod, “Succession” (“This Is Not For Tears”)

Andrij Parekh, “Succession” (“Hunting”)

Alik Sakharov, “Ozark” (“Fire Pink”)

Ben Semanoff, “Ozark” (“Su Casa Es Mi Casa”)

WHO WILL WIN: Benjamin Caron, “The Crown” (“Aberfan”) or Mark Mylod, “Succession” (“This Is Not For Tears”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Mark Mylod, “Succession” (“This Is Not For Tears”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

Writing for a Comedy Series

Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, “What We Do In The Shadows” (“Collaboration”)

Tony McNamara, ”The Great” (“The Great”)

Stefani Robinson, “What We Do In The Shadows” (“On The Run”)

Michael Schur, “The Good Place” (“Whenever You’re Ready”)

Paul Simms, “What We Do In The Shadows” (“Ghosts”)

David West Read, “Schitt’s Creek” (“The Presidential Suite”)

WHO WILL WIN: Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”) or Michael Schur, “The Good Place” (“Whenever You’re Ready”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Michael Schur, “The Good Place” (“Whenever You’re Ready”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

Directing for a Comedy Series

James Burrows, “Will & Grace” (“We Love Lucy”)

Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)

Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family” (“Finale Part 2”)

Daniel Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Marvelous Radio”)

Matt Shakman, “The Great” (“The Great”)

Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“It’s Comedy Or Cabbage”)

Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” (“Miakhalifa.mov”)

WHO WILL WIN: Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”) or Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“It’s Comedy Or Cabbage”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“It’s Comedy Or Cabbage”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

Netflix leads all networks with a record 160 nominations

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, “Mrs. America” (“Shirley”)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, “Unbelievable” (“Episode 1”)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”)

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, “Normal People” (“Episode 3”)

Anna Winger, “Unorthodox” (“Part 1”)

WHO WILL WIN: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

Directing for a Limited Series

Lenny Abrahamson, “Normal People” (“Episode 5”)

Steph Green, “Watchmen” “Little Fear Of Lightning”)

Nicole Kassell, “Watchmen” (“It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice”)

Maria Schrader, “Unorthodox”

Lynn Shelton, “Little Fires Everywhere” (“Find A Way”)

Stephen Williams, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”)

WHO WILL WIN: Stephen Williams, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”) or Nicole Kassell, “Watchmen” (“It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: Stephen Williams, “Watchmen” (“This Extraordinary Being”) or Nicole Kassell, “Watchmen” (“It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A             

Directing for a Variety Series

Dime Davis, “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” (“Born At Night, But Not Last Night”)

Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (“Live Show; Chris Christie; Nathaniel Rateliff”)

Linda Mendoza, “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” (“Flame Monroe”)

David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (“Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus”)

Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (“Episode 629”)

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Eddie Murphy”)

WHO WILL WIN: Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (“Episode 629”) or David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (“Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus”)

WHO SHOULD WIN: David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (“Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus”)

WHO GOT SNUBBED: N/A

WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: N/A

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Award’s will air on Sunday, September 20th at 8PM EST (5PM PST) on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Cord-cutters can watch it live on Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.   

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