The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards have their nominations! There were snubs, surprises, shows that deserved their chance at glory, and those that left you shaking your head. So basically, the same as always. Still, there was plenty to chew on as we look to the future of what, and where, new shows will arise in a quest for glory. With that in mind, NerdCraft Nation is on the case with four things that stood out in the nerd-o-sphere:
“Watchmen” leads the pack with 26 Emmy Nominations
Who watches the Watchmen? Apparently the Emmy voters do! Damon Lindelof’s sequel series to the iconic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons leads the Emmys with 26 nominations. By giving us a modern take on a classic story that explored relevant themes present in our current social climate, Watchmen gave us a fresh take on how superheroes would react to real-world issues in a way that still feels uniquely grounded to its critically-acclaimed source material. Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II , Louis Gossett Jr., and Jovan Adepo all earned well-deserved nominations for their roles in the show, playing established and newer characters. Audiences were kept guessing from week to week as to how all these storylines tied together and in the end, it paid off beautifully.
“The Mandalorian” Earns 15 Emmy Nominations
Jon Favreau’s back to basics approach to the galaxy far, far away was rewarded with 15 nominations at the 2020 Primetime Emmys, solidifying the success of the first live-action Star Wars series. By working with auteur film directors Rick Famuyiwa, Taika Waititi, Deborah Chow, and Bryce Dallas Howard, alongside established actors like Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian delivered a true breath of fresh air to a franchise that seemed to continue solely as a cash grab. Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte added much-needed flair to the supporting cast, while guest appearances from Ming-Na Wen and Bill Burr added fun, new characters to the lore, and audiences were captivated by The Child (AKA “Baby Yoda”). All eyes are on season two, where casting rumors have buzzed about Rosario Dawson, Temuera Morrison, Michael Biehn, Timothy Olyphant, and even Jamie Lee Curtis, among many others. Knowing that Mando is now Emmy-nominated should help increase its viewership and overall fan base. This is the way. — Brandon (@bckesso)
Netflix is Legit Now
All the old-timers had no choice but to consider streaming services as a legitimate medium. All and all, they have an astonishing 160 nominations in all, up from 118 in 2019. That’s a strong two-year trend that could get bigger and bigger as Netflix has shown a proclivity for creating more shows of their own instead of relying on the arms race to acquire rights to famous shows like Seinfield or Friends, though they aren’t entirely out of that game yet. Ozark leads the pack with 18 noms, which, unless I’m missing something, is a bit of a surprise since it didn’t seem to generate much buzz (though I could be unwittingly living under a rock IDK). Looking down the list, they have noms in comedy specials, comedy series, drama series, reality TV, the list goes on and on. Netflix has something for everyone, and the legitimacy the streaming service has created may ultimately be their downfall. Other streaming services will see this and try to unseat the king pretty soon. With Hulu, Disney+ and…Apple TV getting in on the action this year, it’s only a matter of time before streaming services dominate award season for years to come. — Austin (@ADWAustin)
Snubs are the one constant during awards season because nominations are a numbers game — there are only X amount of slots in any category, but numerous great performances worth recognition. I’m still surprised by the low amount of nominations for Pose, Reese Witherspoon not getting an acting nod for any of her shows, as well as Merritt Weaver and Kaitlyn Dever being left off for Unbelievable is surprising, given their performances piloted the emotionally driven miniseries (also, it’s Netflix, see above).
I’m particularly taken aback by Desus and Mero missing out this year because, in a landscape of late-night shows that feature a lot of white men doing similar things, the Bronx natives stand out with their thoughtful, yet loud takes on everyday life. Showtime’s entry into late-night television has excelled at consistently providing the barbershop feel on subjects, varied from Donald Trump’s presidency to whether or not spaghetti is beach day appropriate food. The sons of Caribbean immigrants have that natural New Yorker confidence in every statement, refined by their many TV stops, a quality needed to compete with the likes of Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel. Even during a pandemic, their comedic touch has remained lively, while recording remotely.https://www.youtube.com/embed/qw5D_qck_24?start=447&feature=oembed&start=447
All I know is that the self-proclaimed “best show on late-night” will break through soon, and their acceptance speech will get them banned, but it’ll be worth it. — Chris (@cwlkr20)