Leading up to the announcement of the 2020 Emmy Awards nominations on July 28, Variety‘s Danielle Turchiano and Michael Schneider review this year’s biggest contenders in an attempt to predict the nominees. The latest edition of Variety‘s “Awards Heat” video series presented by Apple TV Plus sees Turchiano and Schneider debating their favorites in the limited series category.
Turchiano deemed HBO’s “Watchmen” a frontrunner, both because of Regina King’s performance and the show’s recent resurgence after its first season became available for free in celebration of Juneteenth.
Another contender with timely subject matter is Netflix’s “Unbelievable,” which tells the story of a young girl’s experience with sexual assault and offers a scrutinizing look at law enforcement. Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever’s standout acting further solidifies that the show is deserving of a nomination.
Although it was not eligible for the winter awards season, the star-studded cast and expert delivery of “Mrs. America” on FX via Hulu make it a shoe-in for a nomination. Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Sarah Paulson all gave great performances and the show’s depiction of both perspectives regarding the Equal Rights Amendment humanizes all parties involved.
“Hollywood” on Netflix may be an outlier in terms of theme, but the inclusive alternate reality it offers of 1940s Hollywood is admirable. In addition, creator Ryan Murphy already has an impressive track record at the Emmys, making another nomination probable.
Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice” and Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” were also mentioned as contenders.
In terms of their personal picks, Turchiano would like to see Netflix’s “Unorthodox” get a nomination, as it’s an eye-opening look into the Orthodox Jewish community and features rising star Shira Haas. As for Schneider, “Years and Years” by BBC in joint production with HBO made quite an impression with its portrayal of an oppressive political future.
The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sept. 20.