The TV stars are preparing to join this year’s Emmy Awards, which will be held as a virtual celebration later.
The usual star-studded event has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, so winners will accept their prizes at home, or wherever they are.
HBO’s superhero series Watchmen tops the nominations, although there are no plans for a second series.
Jimmy Kimmel will be returning to hosting duties after the Emmys chose not to commit in 2019.
The talk show host will oversee the proceedings from Los Angeles on Sunday evening, with UK nominees and fans knowing the winners in the early hours of Monday.
Here’s what to expect from Primetime Emmys this year:
A different-looking party
This year will mark the third time Kimmel has hosted the Emmys, having kicked off the ceremony in 2012 and 2016.
In a letter to the candidates In July, concert organizers confirmed that this year’s event would go digital.
And they said, “As you probably guessed, we’re not going to ask you to come to the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on September 20.”
“This year, it will still be the biggest night in the TV industry … but we’ll come to you! Another you choose to be with him) in your home or in another place of your choice.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast earlier this week, succession representative Brian Cox said the nominees have been told that Amy producers will send employees to personally hand out prizes to winners in their homes.
“There will be a guy standing outside the door holding an Emmy, which I might not win!” Said the star who was nominated for Best Dramatic Actor. “Every Emmy nominee – there will be a man standing outside their house.”
Watch out for the guards
Watchmen, which earned 26 nominations, is an innovative re-imagination of a superhero graphic novel that tackled racism in America.
She won loyal followers and critical acclaim last year during its nine episodes.
But its author, Damon Lindelof, did not want to produce a second series. He gave his blessing to HBO for creating another one without him, but the network decided not to do so.
The show’s nominations include English actor Jeremy Irons for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series.
In acting categories this year overall, black actors achieved a record 34% of nominations – and many of them were rangers.
The program’s diverse cast includes nominees Regina King, Jovan Adebo, Louis Gossett Jr., and Yahya Abdel-Matin II.
Aside from Irons, this year’s British nominees include Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and The Crown’s Olivia Colman – both of whom are nominees for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Two Britons have also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Drama – Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) and Thandy Newton (Westworld), along with Irish actress Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve).
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller Bridge has been named Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series after hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live. Former co-star Andrew Scott has co-run for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, on an episode of Black Mirror.
Cox, who was born in Dundee, is known for his role in the succession – he plays Logan Roy, the baron of cruel and vengeful media. British colleagues Matthew McFadden and Harriet Walter were also honored for their performances in the satirical drama, created by British writer Jesse Armstrong.
Irish actor Paul Mescal, star of BBC Three’s Normal People, has been nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series.
The offers with the most number of nominations
- Guards – 26
- Wonderful Mrs. Maisel – 20
- Succession – 18
- Ozark – 18
- Chet Creek – 15th
- The Mandalorian – 15th
Emmy Awards 2020: Key Nominations
The categories are the same as usual – but many of them have been expanded to include more nominations.
The TV Academy announced earlier this year that the awards will have a varying number of candidates, based on the number of applications received in each category.
Some categories were not affected by the change, but others had an increasing number of slots available.
For example, there are now eight award nominees such as Outstanding Comedy Series and Supporting Drama Actress – which received seven and six nominations in a row last year.
The expansion was aimed at increasing “inclusiveness in recognition of excellence,” according to the academy.
Other things to know
Hollywood veterans in running this year include Eddie Murphy (his first nomination in 21 years) and Jennifer Aniston (her first nomination in 11 years).
Netflix has the most nominations, with a total of 160. It is the second time that the streaming service has beaten HBO, which has 107 this year.
HBO suffered the absence of Emmys’ favorite Game of Thrones, which wrapped up in 2019 after its eighth season. The traditional broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS received only 127 nominations this year.
More than 25,000 members of the TV Academy vote for the awards, which were first presented in 1949. The name Emmy is derived from an old piece of television equipment called an orthicon camera tube – or Immy.