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Everything to Know About the 2020 Emmys

Yes, they are still happening.

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Even a pandemic can't stop the Emmys, one of Hollywood's most confusing awards shows honoring the best in television annually. Unlike the Oscars, which have been pushed later than usual in light of there being a comparative trickle of movies coming out, the Emmys are forging ahead.

Of course, the coronavirus have some impact the Emmys, given that certain heavy-hitter shows that might otherwise have been eligible for this year's awards, such as FX's Fargo, had their premiere dates delayed or postponed. So what do you need to know about this year's event? Read on to learn about when the awards are being presented, who's hosting, and which shows and actors are likely to get nominated.

When are the Emmys?

September 20!

So they are still happening during COVID?

Yes, though at this point it's unclear what form the ceremony will take. It will air on ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, but even he seems confused. "I don't know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it," Kimmel said in a statement.

When are nominations happening?

The nomination ballots opened for voting on July 2 and close on July 13. On July 28, the nominations in each category will be announced.

What's eligible?

That's the tricky thing with the Emmys. The 2020 Emmys don't just honor TV shows that aired in 2020, or even in the year since the previous Emmys. That would be too simple. Instead, shows are eligible if they premiered between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020 and aired the majority the season's episodes prior to May 31.

What's not eligible?

Anything not in that time frame. And it can be confusing. Last year, for example, HBO's Succession, which was currently in the middle of its second season when the ceremony was held, was nominated for Season 1, which had aired more than a year prior. Basically, this can happen to anything that premieres between June 1 and the ceremony date. Also not eligible this year: All the shows that were nearly wrapped but didn't air because of coronavirus, like Fargo Season 4.

What won last year?

Much of what was victorious last year is not in the running again, for various reasons. In 2019, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag nearly swept the comedy categories, and Game of Thrones cleaned up in the drama categories. Comedy supporting actor winners Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub will be back in the race for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as will drama-winning actors, including Pose's Billy Porter, Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, and Ozark's Julia Garner.

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Who was nominated?

Emmy nominations morning came with great news for Watchmen, which received the most nominations of any series, collecting 26 in total. But what else entered the race: Surprisingly, The Mandalorian was popular among Emmy voters. See the major categories below. 

Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid's Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Stranger Things
Succession

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

Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
Unbelievable
Unorthodox
Watchmen

Television 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

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

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 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 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

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

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

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 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 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

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
D'Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Life

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

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

The rest of the nominations are viewable here.

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.