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Here are the nominees for the 2020 Emmy Awards
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Here are the nominees for the 2020 Emmy Awards

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Host Leslie Jones kicked off the announcement Tuesday morning by appearing on a virtual set and joking that she was told there would be many others on set to announce the nominees and that she was locked in a studio with only a cameraman.

“Watchmen” is the leading contender at the Emmy Awards with 26 nominations.

The HBO series stars Regina King and is a dystopian superhero drama dealing with race, police and white supremacy based on a 1980s graphic novel.

The Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix's “Ozark” with 18.

Emmy Nominations

This image released by HBO shows Regina King in a scene from "Watchmen." The series was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding limited series on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. King was also nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie. (Mark Hill/HBO via AP)

Here are the nominees in key categories:

Best comedy series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; Dead to Me”; “The Good Place”; “Insecure”; “The Kominsky Method”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Schitt’s Creek’; “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Best drama series: “Better Call Saul”; “The Crown”; “Killing Eve”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “The Mandalorian”; “Ozark”; “Stranger Things”; “Succession.”

Best limited series: "Little Fires Everywhere"; "Mrs. America"; "Unbelievable"; "Watchmen."

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 drama series: Jason Bateman, "Ozark"; Sterling K. Brown, "This is Us"; Billy Porter, "Pose"; Jeremy Strong, "Succession"; Brian Cox, "Succession"; Steve Carell, "The Morning Show."

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."

Emmy Nominations

This image released by HBO shows Issa Rae in a scene from "Insecure." Rae was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Merie Weismiller Wallace/HBO via AP)

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 limited series or movie: Cate Blanchett, "Mrs. America"; Shira Haas, "Unorthodox"; Regina King, "Watchmen"; Octavia Spencer, "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker"; Kerry Washington, "Little Fires Everywhere."

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."

Supporting actress in a drama series: Helena Bonham Carter, "The Crown"; Laura Dern, "Big Little Lies"; Julia Garner, "Ozark"; Thandie Newton, "Westworld"; Fiona Shaw, "Killing Eve"; Sarah Snook, "Succession"; Meryl Streep, "Big Little Lies"; Samira Wiley, "The Handmaid's Tale."

Supporting actor in a drama series: Nicholas Braun, "Succession"; Billy Crudup, "The Morning Show"; Kieran Culkin, "Succession"; Mark Duplass, "The Morning Show"; Giancarlo Esposito, "Better Call Saul"; Matthew Macfadyen, "Succession"; Bradley Whitford, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Jeffrey Wright, "Westworld."

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; D'Arcy Carden, "The Good Place"; Betty Gilpin, "GLOW"; Marin Hingle, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"; Annie Murphy, "Schitt's Creek"; Yvonne Orji, "Insecure"; Cecily Strong, "Saturday Night Live."

Supporting actor in a comedy series: Mahershala Ali, "Ramy"; Alan Arkin, "The Kominsky Method"; Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"; Sterling K. Brown, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; William Jackson Harper, "The Good Place"; Daniel Levy, "Schitt's Creek"; Tony Shalhoub, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Kenan Thompson, "Saturday Night Live"

Emmy Nominations

This image released by Pop TV shows, from left, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Levy from the series "Schitt's Creek." Nominations for the Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 28.(Pop TV via AP)

Supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Uzo Aduba, "Mrs. America"; Toni Collette, "Unbelievable"; Margo Martindale, "Mrs. America"; Jean Smart, "Watchmen"; Holland Taylor, "Hollywood"; Tracey Ullman, "Mrs. America."

Supporting actor in a limited series or movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, "Watchmen"; Jovan Adepo, "Watchmen"; Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend"; Louis Gossett Jr., "Watchmen"; Dylan McDermott, "Hollywood"; Jim Parsons, "Hollywood."

Guest actress in a drama series: Alexis Bledel, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Laverne Cox, "Orange Is the New Black"; Cherry Jones, "Succession"; Phylicia Rashad, "This Is Us"; Cicely Tyson, "How To Get Away With Murder"; Harriet Walter, "Succession."

Guest actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman, "The Outsider"; Ron Cephas Jones, "This Is Us"; James Cromwell, "Succession"; Giancarlo Esposito, "The Mandalorian"; Andrew Scott, "Black Mirror"; Martin Short, "The Morning Show."

Guest actress in a comedy series: Angela Bassett, "A Black Lady Sketch Show"; Bette Midler, "The Politician"; Maya Rudolph, "The Good Place"; Maya Rudolph, "Saturday Night Live"; Wanda Sykes, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "Saturday Night Live."

Guest actor in a comedy series: Adam Driver, "Saturday Night Live"; Luke Kirby, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; Eddie Murphy, "Saturday Night Live"; Dev Patel, "Modern Love"; Brad Pitt, "Saturday Night Live"; Fred Willard, "Modern Family."

TV movie: "American Son"; "Bad Education"; "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: These Old Bones"; "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie"; "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend."

Emmy Nominations - Comedy Series

This image released by ABC shows the cast of "Modern Family," from left, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Reid Ewing, Rico Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. The list of contenders for the 72nd prime-time Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday in a virtual ceremony. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

The nominations, typically unveiled with fanfare at the TV academy's Los Angeles headquarters, were announced online by Jones ("Saturday Night Live") and presenters Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black"), Josh Gad ("Frozen") and Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"). Cox, Gad and Maslany appeared on by video feeds.

The 72nd prime-time Emmys are the first major entertainment honors to unfold amid the coronavirus' disruption, and Tuesday's virtual announcement makes clear how much improvising is required.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be presented Sept. 20 on ABC.

The full list of Emmy nominees is available at

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