The Emmy Awards did it a little bit different this year when it came to announcing the nominations.
Thanks to COVID-19, comedian Leslie Jones hosted the nominations from an empty set. During what felt like a monologue, the actress shared that the Academy flew her in on a private plane to ensure her safety. Laverne Cox, who also nabbed an Emmy nod this year, helped announce the 2020 nominations along with Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany.
Thankfully, the Academy nominated many Black actors from the drama categories to the comedy categories. Our favorite show, Insecure, also scored a nod in the outstanding comedy series category and Kerry Washington’s American Son earned a nod for outstanding TV movie.
And we should mention that Dime Davis earned a directing nod for her work on A Black Lady Sketch Show, and our forever first lady’s documentary Becoming also scored a few nods for outstanding director and cinematography for Nadia Hallgren, outstanding documentary and outstanding music composition for a doc. We stan!
Check out who else is up for the little golden trophy:Here’s Who Was Nominated For An Emmy Award 2020So many of our favorite creatives were nominated for Emmys this year! Check it out!
Play Video01Don CheadleDon Cheadle earned an Emmy nomination in the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role in Black Monday.
04Tracee Ellis RossTracee Ellis Ross earned an Emmy nomination in the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role in ABC’s black-ish.
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE — “THE THERAPIST” EPISODE 608 — PICTURED: ANDRE BRAUGHER AS RAY HOLT — (PHOTO BY: VIVIAN ZINK/NBC/NBCU PHOTO BANK VIA GETTY IMAGES)06Mahershala AliMahershala Ali was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series for his role in Ramy, as well as for Outstanding Children’s Program for executive producing We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest for HBO.
MAHERSHALA ALI WAS NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES FOR HIS ROLE IN RAMY, AS WELL AS FOR OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM FOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCING WE ARE THE DREAM: THE KIDS OF THE OAKLAND MLK ORATORICAL FEST FOR HBO.07Kenan ThompsonKenan Thompson was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his roles on Saturday Night Live.
08Sterling K. BrownSterling K. Brown was nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He earned a second nod in the drama category for his role in This Is Us.
11Wanda SykesWanda Sykes was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy series for playing Moms Mabley in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her work in Crank Yankers.
15Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito earned an Emmy nod for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role in Better Call Saul. He also received a nomination for his guest actor role in The Mandalorian.
23Angela BassettAngela Bassett was nominated for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Black Lady Sketch Show. She earned a second nod for outstanding narrator for Disney+’s The Imagineering Story.
24Maya RudolphMaya Rudolph was nominated for three 2020 Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy series for portraying Kamala Harris on SNL; Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy series as The Judge on The Good Place, and Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance as Connie the Hormone Monstress in Netflix’s How To Have An Orgasm.
STEPHAN JAMES FOR OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES FOR THE QUIBI SERIES #FREERAYSHAWN.28Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne for Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series in the Quibi series #FreeRayshawn.
LAURENCE FISHBURNE FOR OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES IN THE QUIBI SERIES #FREERAYSHAWN.29Mamoudou AthieMamoudou Athie for Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series in the FX series Oh Jerome, No.
MAMOUDOU ATHIE FOR OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES IN THE FX SERIES OH JEROME, NO.30Corey HawkinsCorey Hawkins for Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series in the Quibi series Survive.
COREY HAWKINS FOR OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES IN THE QUIBI SERIES SURVIVE.31Jasmine Cephas JonesJasmine Cephas Jones for Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series in the Quibi series #FreeRayshawn.
JASMINE CEPHAS JONES FOR OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FORM COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES IN THE QUIBI SERIES #FREERAYSHAWN.32Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch ShowRobin Thede and the entire A Black Lady Sketch Show team for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. It’s the third Emmy nod for the sketch series, including Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series for Dime Davis and Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for Angela Bassett.
ROBIN THEDE AND THE ENTIRE A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW TEAM FOR OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES FOR DIME DAVIS AND OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES FOR ANGELA BASSETT.33Lupita Nyong’oLupita Nyong’o for Outstanding Narrator in Discovery Channel drama series in Serengeti.
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR IN OUTSTANDING NARRATOR IN APPLETV+’S THE ELEPHANT QUEEN.35William Jackson HarperWilliam Jackson Harper earned a nod for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in The Good Place.