From the record-high percentage of Black performers earning acting noms to the record-breaking noms earned by talent from Nicole Byer to Ted Danson to Buzz Aldrin, this year’s nominations feature a slew of milestones.
2020 has been a downer of a year, to say the least, but when it comes to the Emmys nominations, there is much to celebrate.
From the record-high percentage of Black performers earning acting noms to the record-breaking noms earned by talent from Nicole Byer to Ted Danson to Buzz Aldrin, this year’s nominations feature a slew of “firsts” and other historic milestones.
With the 2020 Emmys approaching (the Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out over five nights next week, leading up to main show, which airs Sept. 20 on ABC), take a look at the other notable statistics among this year’s nominees, and keep up with all the latest Emmys news here.
First the moon, now the Emmys. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is up for best cinematography for a nonfiction program for Amazon Prime’s Apollo 11 alongside Michael Collins. The documentary is nominated for five Emmys overall.
Apple TV+ landed 18 nominations this year, making history with the most program and acting nominations for a streaming service in its first year. Its nominations include including five total acting noms for The Morning Show and six programs nominated overall.
Black actors have a stronger presence in the Primetime Emmy Awards than ever before, earning a record-high percentage of acting nods. Of the 102 acting nominations in the series, limited series and TV movie fields, Black performers secured 35 (among 33 actors, as Maya Rudolph and Giancarlo Esposito were both nominated twice). The 34.3 percent of nominations represents an all-time high for Black actors, besting the previous record of 27.7 percent two years ago. It’s also a sizable year-to-year jump, as Black actors only garnered about 20 percent of acting nominations in 2019. Additionally, three of the six nominees for animation voice-over performance and half of the 10 the short-form acting nominees are Black. Eleven of the 34 lead acting nominees are Black, including repeat honorees Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Don Cheadle (Black Monday), three-time nominee Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere) and three-time winner Regina King (Watchmen). In supporting categories, Black actors earned 14 of 44 nominations. They make up 10 of the 24 guest-star nominations.