72nd Emmy Awards: guide

The 72nd Emmy Awards screens Live to Australia at 10am AEST on FOX Arena.

This year is a ceremony like no other with a virtual presentation from Los Angeles, but with live crosses to winners around the world (hopefully including Australia!). There are 130 cameras ready to capture all the reactions and winner speeches.

Host Jimmy Kimmel said this week, “I am nervous about the technical end of it, because it’s not something I know much about, not something I can control.

“Think about just trying to Zoom with your grandparents, and now imagine that we’ve got 150 celebrities who haven’t made themselves lunch in, like, 19 years, many of them, are now trying to connect technically to an awards show. Those are the challenges we’re facing.

“My nightmare is that I’m on prime-time television, completely alone, unable to speak to anybody, and I’ve got a bunch of Emmys that need to be handed out and I don’t have anyone to give them to,” he continued. “I guess I could just take them!”


Anthony Anderson, Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Count von Count, America Ferrera, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Randall Park, Issa Rae, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart, Jason Sudeikis, Gabrielle Union, J. J. Watt, Lena Waithe, Oprah Winfrey,  Ty Burrell, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Tatiana Maslany and Bob Newhart.


H.E.R. (In Memoriam)


Sunday September 20:
8.30pm: E! Emmys: E!’s Inside Guide spotlighting the biggest names giving a special look inside this year’s Emmys and nominees.

Monday September 21:
6:30am E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards. Nina Parker, Brad Goreski, Erin Lim, Laverne Cox.
8am E! Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards. Giuliana Rancic,  Vivica A. Fox, Brad Goreski, Naz Perez, Erin Lim.
9:30am FOX Arena. Countdown to the Emmys.  Sam Rubin, Jessica Holmes, Doug Kolk, Megan Henderson.
10am FOX Arena 72nd Emmy Awards.
1pm E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards. Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker, Hunter March, Erin Lim
7:30pm FOX Arena 72nd Emmy Awards. rpt.

Tuesday September 22:
11.30am: Daily Pop. Carissa Culiner, Justin Sylvester, Morgan Stewart.
11.30pm: Nightly Pop. Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March.


Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC)
The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)
Ozark (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Succession (HBO)


Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Dead to Me (Netflix)
The Good Place (NBC)
Insecure (HBO)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Mrs. America (Hulu)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
Unorthodox (Netflix)
Watchmen (HBO)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Cate Blanchett (Mrs. America)
Shira Haas (Unorthodox)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Octavia Spencer (Self Made)
Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Billy Crudup (The Morning Show)
Mark Duplass (The Morning Show)
Nicholas Braun (Succession)
Kieran Culkin (Succession)
Matthew Macfadyen (Succession)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Sarah Snook (Succession)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
William Jackson Harper (The Good Place)
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Sterling K. Brown (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Mahershala Ali (Ramy)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place)
Yvonne Orji (Insecure)
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Dylan McDermott (Hollywood)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend)
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen)
Jovan Adepo (Watchmen)
Louis Gossett Jr. (Watchmen)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Holland Taylor (Hollywood)
Uzo Aduba (Mrs. America)
Margo Martindale (Mrs. America)
Tracey Ullman (Mrs. America)
Toni Collette (Unbelievable)
Jean Smart (Watchmen)

Reality Competition
The Masked Singer (FOX)
Nailed It (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Variety Talk Series
Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Directing For A Drama Series
The Crown • Aberfan • Netflix Benjamin Caron
The Crown • Cri de Coeur • Netflix Jessica Hobbs
Homeland • Prisoners Of War • Showtime Lesli Linka Glatter
The Morning Show • The Interview Mimi Leder
Ozark • Fire Pink • Netflix Alik Sakharov
Ozark • Su Casa Es Mi Casa • Netflix Ben Semanoff
Succession • Hunting • HBO Andrij Parekh
Succession • This Is Not For Tears • HBO Mark Mylod

Writing For A Comedy Series
The Good Place • Whenever You’re Ready • NBC Michael Schur
The Great • The Great • Hulu Tony McNamara
Schitt’s Creek • Happy Ending • Pop TV Daniel Levy
Schitt’s Creek • The Presidential Suite • Pop TV David West Read
What We Do In The Shadows • Collaboration • FX Networks Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil
What We Do In The Shadows • Ghosts • FX Networks Paul Simms
What We Do In The Shadows • On The Run • FX Networks Stefani Robinson

Writing For A Drama Series
Better Call Saul • Bad Choice Road • AMC Thomas Schnauz
Better Call Saul • Bagman • AMC Gordon Smith
The Crown • Aberfan • Netflix Peter Morgan
Ozark • All In • Netflix Chris Mundy
Ozark • Boss Fight • Netflix John Shiban
Ozark • Fire Pink • Netflix Miki Johnson
Succession • This Is Not For Tears • HBO Jesse Armstrong

Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
Mrs. America • Shirley • FX Networks Tanya Barfield
Normal People • Episode 3 • Hulu Sally Rooney, Alice Birch
Unbelievable • Episode 1 • Netflix Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman
Unorthodox • Part 1 • Netflix Anna Winger
Watchmen • This Extraordinary Being • HBO Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson

Some winners have been announced in Creative Emmy Awards, noted in bold.

Animated Program
Big Mouth • Disclosure The Movie: The Musical! • Netflix Bob’s Burgers • Pig Trouble In Little Tina • Fox
BoJack Horseman • The View From Halfway Down • Netflix •
Rick And Morty • The Vat Of Acid Episode • Adult Swim
The Simpsons • Thanksgiving Of Horror • Fox

Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • It’s Comedy Or Cabbage • Prime Video Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce
Modern Family • Legacy • ABC Fred Willard as Frank Dunphy
Modern Love • When Cupid Is A Prying Journalist • Prime Video Dev Patel as Joshua
Saturday Night Live • Host: Adam Driver • NBC Adam Driver as Host
Saturday Night Live • Host: Eddie Murphy • NBC Eddie Murphy as Host
Saturday Night Live • SNL At Home #2 • NBC Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci

Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Black Mirror • Smithereens • Netflix Andrew Scott as Chris Gillhaney
The Mandalorian • Chapter 8: Redemption • Disney+ Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon
The Morning Show • Chaos Is The New Cocaine • Apple TV+ Martin Short as Dick Lundy
The Outsider • Fish In A Barrel • HBO Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland
Succession • Dundee • HBO James Cromwell as Ewan Roy
This Is Us • After The Fire • NBC Ron Cephas Jones as William Hill

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show • Angela Bassett Is The Baddest B***h • HBO Angela Bassett as Mo
The Good Place • You’ve Changed, Man • NBC Maya Rudolph as The Judge
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • A Jewish Girl Walks Into The Apollo… • Prime Video Wanda Sykes as Moms Mabley
The Politician • Vienna • Netflix Bette Midler as Hadassah Gold
Saturday Night Live • Host: Eddie Murphy • NBC Maya Rudolph as Senator Kamala Harris
Saturday Night Live • Host: Phoebe Waller-Bridge • NBC Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Host

Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale • God Bless The Child • Hulu Alexis Bledel as Emily
How To Get Away With Murder • Stay • ABC Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Harkness
Orange Is The New Black • God Bless America • Netflix Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset
Succession • Return • HBO Harriet Walter as Lady Caroline Collingwood
Succession • Tern Haven • HBO Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce
This Is Us • Flip A Coin • NBC Phylicia Rashad as Carol Clarke

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

Variety Special (Live)
77th Annual Golden Globe Awards • NBC
Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” And “Good Times” • ABC
The Oscars • ABC
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira
73rd Annual Tony Awards • CBS

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones • Netflix
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor • PBS
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas • Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill • Netflix
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch • Netflix
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah • Netflix

Children’s Program
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance • Netflix
Star Wars Resistance • Disney Channel
We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest • HBO

Documentary Or Nonfiction Special
The Apollo • HBO
Beastie Boys Story • Apple TV+
Becoming • Netflix
The Great Hack • Netflix
Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time • EPIX

Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
American Masters • PBS
Hillary • Hulu
The Last Dance • ESPN
McMillion$ • HBO
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness • Netflix

Writing For A Variety Special
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones • Netflix Dave Chappelle
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas • Netflix Hannah Gadsby
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch • Netflix John Mulaney, Marika Sawyer
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything • Netflix Patton Oswalt
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby • Netflix Seth Meyers

Writing For A Variety Series 
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah • Comedy Central
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee • TBS
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO
Late Night With Seth Meyers • NBC
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert • CBS


  1. Hard to say who will pickup best Drama. I’d like it to be The Mandalorian but I doubt it. I hope Meryl Streep gets best supporting actress, although BLL series 2 overall was not that great Meryl was brilliant.

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