How to Watch the 2020 Emmy Awards

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Thanks to social distancing, we’ve been relying on Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max for entertainment. So, we’re understandably thrilled that the 2020 Emmy Awards will shake up our streaming queue in a few short weeks. While the 72nd annual ceremony is taking place in virtual form, it’s already causing controversy due to the plethora of snubs.

So, who’s nominated? And what are the details on how to watch the Emmys? Here’s everything you need to know.

1. When are the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards?

The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (The Creative Arts Emmys will be given out the week prior.) The three-hour event was supposed to take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will now be virtual.

2. How to watch the Emmys?

The 2020 Emmys ceremony will be exclusively streamed on ABC and ABC.com, so be sure to check your local listings. Although you need a cable subscription to enjoy the show, it will also be available on Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV. (Both streaming services offer free trials, if you’re feeling super desperate.)

3. Who's hosting the Emmy Awards?

The three-hour event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It’s unclear whether he’ll take the stage at the Microsoft Theater or host the ceremony from the comfort of his own home. Either way, this isn’t the first time Kimmel has hosted the Emmy Awards. He previously helmed the show in 2012 and 2016, though this virtual format is new territory. *Sniff, sniff* Do we smell multiple special guests?

4. Will celebrities walk the red carpet?

To our knowledge, there will be no red-carpet event due to social distancing. However, we expect Kimmel to virtually chat with presenters, winners and nominees, so there will still be a fashion element. Whether it’s comfy chic or Hollywood glam is totally up for interpretation.

5. Who's nominated for an Emmy Award?

The 2020 Emmy Award nominations were announced back in July by presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany. The list features several expected nominees, including Dead to Me, The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, The Crown, Killing Eve, Ozark and Little Fires Everywhere.

The most noteworthy category is Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which is stacked with Hollywood stars: 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) and Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish). Yep, we weren’t kidding.

The list also features a few surprises, like Fiona Shaw from Killing Eve. She’s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series alongside several strong contenders, including Laura Dern (Big Little Lies), Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies), Julia Garner (Ozark), Sarah Snook (Succession), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Thandie Newton (Westworld).

6. Who got snubbed?

Where do we even begin? First of all, Reese Witherspoon didn’t receive a nomination for Best Lead Actress for Little Fires Everywhere. To top it off, she also wasn’t honored for Big Little Lies or The Morning Show. Same goes for Nicole Kidman, who played Celeste Wright in BLL.

Viola Davis was also left off the list. The sixth (and final) season of How to Get Away with Murder premiered last year, so many assumed she would be honored for her role as Annalise Keating. Instead, the Lead Actress nominations went to Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Laura Linney (Ozark), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) and Zendaya (Euphoria).

Other snubs include Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul) and John Krasinski’s Some Good News. Many expected the feel-good series to join the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category, but that wasn’t the case.

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