2020 Emmy Awards: Paul Mescal Credits Normal People Nomination To Co-Star

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Mescal and Edgar-Jones played lovers Connell and Marianne in the BBC drama

Normal People actor Paul Mescal has credited his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones for her Emmy nomination.

Mescal was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Limited Series for his role as aspiring writer Connell Waldron, but Edgar-Jones was ignored.

The Irish actor told his co-star that his date “only exists for you and your extraordinary talent.”

He accompanied his post with a photo of him crying, taken from the BBC Three adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel.

Normal People also received nominations for their casting, directing, and writing.

Edgar-Jones responded by posting a photo of Mescal and director Lenny Abrahamson, writing: “I couldn’t be more proud of these two absolutely amazing people, working with you has been one of the greatest joys of my life.”

The drama followed the romantic entanglements of two young men from a small town in Ireland when they drop out of school and attend college in Dublin.

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Media captionPaul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones star in Normal People

Other nominees to answer her nominations include former child star Zendaya, who is the best actress in a drama for Euphoria.

The 23-year-old said her first Emmy gesture had left her “truly speechless” and her heart “overflowing with love and gratitude.”

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Glow star Betty Gilpin, meanwhile, used her best supporting actress nomination in a comedy series to comment on current events.

“I really can’t emphasize enough the threat this nomination poses to my current brand of pasta quarantine and sad,” he wrote.

“Before this nomination took me out of mediocrity and I exploded on tape … the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor have not yet been arrested.”

Breonna Taylor was a health worker who was shot eight times by police who entered her department in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13.

The three officers involved in his murder were placed on administrative leave during an investigation. None of them has been charged.

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Zendaya played a teenage junkie fresh out of rehab in the HBO drama Euphoria

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this year’s acting categories have the highest percentage of black actors in the history of the Emmy Awards.

“34.3% of the nominations represent a record high for black actors, beating the previous record of 27.7% two years ago,” he writes.

The 35 nominations that black actors have secured include the two received by double nominees Maya Rudolph and Giancarlo Esposito.

Shortlisted for Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian, Esposito called his double recognition “the most charming and overwhelming surprise.”


Mescal’s competition at the Emmys comes from X-Men star Hugh Jackman, who is shortlisted for his work on the HBO movie Bad Education.

Jackman joked that Ryan Reynolds, with whom he has had a long-simulated “dispute” on social media, had been “devastated” upon learning of his success.

Reynolds responded by calling Jackman’s nomination “crazy” in a Twitter message.

“Watch out @VancityReynolds … you look a little green,” Jackman replied. “Thanks @TelevisionAcad for making this moment possible!”

Bad Education, which is also among the best television movies, tells the true story of an American school administrator accused of embezzlement.

HBO Watchmen’s superhero series will lead the way at this year’s ceremony, having received 26 overall nominations.

The winners will be announced on September 20 at a ceremony to be broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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