The nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are out, and HBO’s “Watchmen” led the way with 26 nominations.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was next with 20 . . . followed by “Ozark” (18), “Succession” (18), “The Mandalorian” (15), “Schitt’s Creek” (15), “Saturday Night Live” (15), and “The Crown” (13).
Netflix blew EVERYONE out of the water with 160 nominations, which is a new record high for one “network” in a single year. The previous record was 137, which was set by HBO last year.
HBO had the second-most this year with “only” 107. NBC was a distant third with 47, followed by ABC with 36 and FX with 33.
Speaking of Netflix, “Tiger King” is no longer just a guilty pleasure . . . it’s an EMMY-NOMINATED guilty pleasure.
The show scored six nominations, including: Outstanding documentary or non-fiction series, directing for a documentary, picture editing for a non-fiction program, music composition, sound editing, and sound mixing.
In the documentary category, “Tiger King” is up against: PBS’ “American Masters”, HBO’s “McMillions”, ESPN’s “The Last Dance”, and “Hillary”, the Hulu series about Hillary Clinton.
(Hillary supporters might think she’ll easily cruise to a victory over “Tiger King” . . . but Hillary hasn’t done ANY Emmy campaigning in the Midwest.)
On a serious note, comic actor Fred Willard (“Modern Family”) and director Lynn Shelton (“Little Fires Everywhere”) received posthumous nominations.
Brad Pitt was nominated for his portrayal of Dr. Anthony Fauci on “SNL”.
Reese Witherspoon was in three shows this year: “Big Little Lies”, “The Morning Show”, and “Little Fires Everywhere” . . . but she was SHUT OUT.
Her co-star in “Little Fires Everywhere”, Kerry Washington, has nominations to spare . . . she got FOUR nods, in FOUR different categories, which is a record for a single year.
In addition to “Little Fires”, she got nods for the variety show “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” and the TV movie “American Son”.
By the way, the Television Academy set new records by recognizing non-white performers in greater numbers than it has in the past.
In the major acting categories comedy, drama, and limited series, 39 of the 102 nominations, or 38.2%, went to non-white performers. That’s an improvement from last year, when 24% were nominees of color.
Comedian Leslie Jones hosted the nominations announcement, along with presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, Tatiana Maslany, and Television Academy chairman Frank Scherma. (Here’s video. And here’s an amusing clip of Leslie tripping up as she tells Laverne that she was nominated.)
ABC will air “The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards” live on September 20th. JIMMY KIMMEL is hosting.
(There’s a comprehensive rundown of the nominees you care about, here. Or you can sift through ALL the nominees at Emmys.com.)