Emmy Awards, The: 72nd Primetime (2020)


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Congratulations to all the nominees for the 72nd Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and a special congratulations to our interviewees who are nominated this year:

Hank Azaria for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (The Simpsons)

Samantha Bee for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Outstanding Short Form Variety Series (Beeing at Home with Samantha Bee), Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Pandemic Video Diaries)

Tom Broecker for Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming (Saturday Night Live)

James L. Brooks for Outstanding Animated Program (The Simpsons)

Mark Burnett for Outstanding Structured Reality Program (Shark Tank) and Outstanding Competition Program (The Voice)

James Burrows for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Will & Grace) and for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) (Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times')

Nancy Cartwright for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (The Simpsons)

RuPaul Charles for Outstanding Host For a Reality or Competition Program (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program (RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked), and Outstanding Competition Program (RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Joe DeTullio for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety, Reality Or Competition Series (Saturday Night Live)

Robert A. Dickinson for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special (The 62nd Grammy AwardsThe Kennedy Center HonorsThe Oscars73rd Annual Tony Awards)

Pamela Fryman for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special (Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: 'All In The Family' And 'Good Times')

Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Television Movie (El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie), Outstanding Drama Series (Better Call Saul), and Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series (Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler)

Lesli Linka Glatter for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Homeland)

Louis Gossett, Jr. for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie (Watchmen)

Louis J. Horvitz for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special (62nd Grammy Awards)

Al Jean for Outstanding Animated Program (The Simpsons)

Don Roy King for Outstanding Directing For a Variety Series (Saturday Night Live)

Stan Lathan for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) (Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones)

Norman Lear for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) (Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: 'All In The Family' And 'Good Times')

Eugene Lee for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety, Reality Or Competition Series (Saturday Night Live)

Chuck Lorre for Outstanding Comedy Series (The Kominsky Method)

Mark Mothersbaugh for Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) (Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness)

Phylicia Rashad for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (This Is Us)

Keith Raywood for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety, Reality Or Competition Series (Saturday Night Live)

George Shapiro for for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee)

Tracey Ullman for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie (Mrs. America)

Fred Willard for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series (Modern Family)

Leo Yoshimura for Outstanding Production Design For a Variety, Reality Or Competition Series (Saturday Night Live)

The full list of nominees can be found here.

Highlights
Louis Gossett, Jr. on his then-future plans, and what he looks for in a role
Lesli Linka Glatter on working with Claire Danes as "Carrie Mathison" on Homeland
Pamela Fryman on her directing style
Samantha Bee on being one of the few female hosts in late night, on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Vince Gilligan on the struggle between keeping a mystery and giving the fans the answers that they seek
RuPaul Charles on his message as a performer
Who talked about this show

Dr. John Leverence

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Dr. John Leverence on his role as a consultant on matters of eligibility for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards and for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Dr. John Leverence on being a spectator of the Emmys -- the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards (2020) -- for the first time in forty years, and on how innovations for the ceremony might continue in subsequent years and what he enjoyed about the 2020 ceremony
Dr. John Leverence on how the Television Academy addressed matters of social justice at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Dr. John Leverence on the record number of Black performers to win at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Dr. John Leverence on Schitt's Creek sweeping the comedy category at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Dr. John Leverence on what did and did not work well at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards -- the trash can on fire
Dr. John Leverence on how well award ceremonies, particularly the Emmys, have handled the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

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