Nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are on, and once again, streaming services dominated the nominees. Netflix led the pack with 160 nominations, with Amazon and Hulu making waves as well. But there are also some big new names on the list this year, with Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, and even Quibi picking up their first nominations for the coveted TV awards.
Apple TV Plus collected a total of 18 nominations in various categories, including two major nominations for prestigious series. The morning show: Steve Carell was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass were also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for their roles in the series.
Emmy nominations mark the second main opportunity at Apple’s flagship series awards after The morning show She also garnered three Golden Globe nominations earlier this year for Best Drama and a pair of Best Actress nominations for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (although the show was completely excluded at the event).
Apple made no secret of its goal of creating an award-winning television with its streaming service, which is still looking for great success months after its debut last fall. And a big Emmys win this year could help give the service that kind of success.
More unexpected is The Mandalorian – the huge success of Disney Plus – which also received an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series, the first for the budding streaming service. It is highly unlikely that The Mandalorian the prize will be taken home, it is against Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, and Succession in that category, but it’s still a huge win for Disney (which reportedly didn’t even mount a serious campaign for the show). The Mandalorian He also represented the majority of the other 18 Disney Plus nominations in various categories, including Taika Waititi (who seeks to follow up on his recent Oscar award) for his voice-over performance as IG-11, and Giancarlo Esposito for his appearance. as a guest as Moff Gideon.
Finally, there is Quibi. It seems almost certain that his focus on short-form content will pay off with an Emmy award. The fledgling streaming platform received 10 nominations this year, all in specific short-form categories: eight nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress categories in a short comedy or drama series and two for Best Short Form series (for Reno 911! and Most dangerous game)
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are slated for September 20, with Jimmy Kimmel returning as the host. It is unclear if this year’s event will feature an in-person ceremony due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.