The series, which captured America’s unease as it faces racial clashes amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received bids for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons. King was part of a vanguard of actors of colour who showed that TV academy voters took heed of the calls for change.

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

The nominations, typically unveiled with fanfare at the TV academy’s Los Angeles headquarters, were announced online on Tuesday by Leslie Jones and presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany. Cox, Gad and Maslany appeared via video feeds.

The Emmy Awards will be handed out at a ceremony on September 20.

Almost all the Emmy-nominated shows finished filming before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production in Hollywood.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television,” Television Academy Chairman and Chief Executive Frank Scherma said in a statement. “Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season.”

The nominees

Drama Series:

Better Call Saul; The Crown; The Handmaid’s Tale; Killing Eve; The Mandalorian; Ozark; Stranger Things; Succession

Drama, lead actress:

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show; Olivia Colman, The Crown; Jodie Comer, Killing Eve; Laura Linney, Ozark; Sandra Oh, Killing Eve; Zendaya, Euphoria

Drama, lead actor:

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

Comedy, lead actress:

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

Comedy, lead actor:

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

Ltd series:

Little Fires Everywhere; Mrs. America; Unbelievable; Unorthodox; Watchmen

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

Ltd/TV lead actress:

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America; Shira Haas, Unorthodox; Regina King, Watchmen; Octavia Spencer, Self Made; Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Ltd/TV lead actor:

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen; Hugh Jackman, Bad Education; Paul Mescal, Normal People; Jeremy Pope, Hollywood; Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Variety Talk Series:

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Full Frontal with Samantha Bee; Jimmy Kimmel Live!; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Competition Program:

The Masked Singer; Nailed It; RuPaul’s Drag Race; Top Chef; The Voice

AP with staff reporters

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