HBO’s Watchmen Receives 26 Emmy Nominations!

HBO’s Watchmen breaks record at 72nd Emmy Awards after receiving 26 nominations!

Conor Slevin

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: July 29th, 2020 9:27 pm pst

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HBO’s Watchmen made headlines this Tuesday when they were nominated for 26 awards at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show gained a cult following during it’s nine-episode run last year, however, fans were still shocked to see their favorite show break records at the Emmys this year. The nominations included nods ranging from best actress to best sound mixing, and much more. A list of the nominations is included at the bottom of this article.

The show opens with a visceral, gut wrenching recreation of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, setting the tone for the rest of the show. For some, this opening scene might be a source of confusion. Why is a superhero show depicting one of the most violent and horrible examples of racial violence in the history of the United States? Well, this scene sets the stage for one of the main narratives at play, racial violence in an alternate universe setting of modern day America. The show is set in 2019, although the history of America has played out very differently to the reality we know today. 

Adrian Veidt, the focus of the second narrative in the show, is a former billionaire, industrialist and genius who is believed to be dead to most humans. Instead, as audiences come to understand, he is being held captive in a picturesque, off-planet prison for his misdeeds. Veidt, in Thanos-esque fashion, had used his superior intellect to drop a massive alien squid on Manhattan, killing millions in an attempt to defuse mankind’s infighting and unite them under the indiscriminate threat of interdimensional beings. Of course, the squid wasn’t an interdimensional being at all. It was a hoax created by Veidt to scare humanity into rethinking their conflicts, which appear trivial in the face of a massive, interdimensional squid. 

While it appears that there are two separate narratives going on as the story plays out, the writers build the story to an epic conclusion in the finale. The show weaves complex narratives that reward a second or third viewing in order to gain a full understanding of the story. As a fan of the series myself, the relevance of both narratives confused me on my first watch through, however, now that I’ve watched the show three times through, I can better appreciate the subtle nuances of the show.

The show only ran for nine episodes and, while there is no concrete plan for a second season yet, audiences are holding their breath in anticipation for the day another season is announced! What do you think about the show? Was it deserving of 26 nominations? Let us know what you think!

Below is a list of all of the nominations Watchmen received at the Emmys:

Outstanding Limited Series

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Jeremy Lyons)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Regina King)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Jovan Adepo, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr.)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Jean Smart)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Nicole Kassell, Steph Green, Stephen Williams)

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes (Sharen Davis, Valrie Zielonka)

Outstanding Main Title Design (Paul Mitchell, Olga Midlenko, Maciek Sokalski, Gabe Perez, Benjamin Woodlock)

Outstanding Special Visual Effects (Erik Henry, Matt Robken, Ashley J. Ward, David Fletcher, Mathieu Raynault, Bobo Skipper, Ahmed Gharraph, Emanuel Fuchs, Francois Lambert)

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (Kristian Milsted, Jay Pelissier, Edward Mcloughlin)

Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series (Victoria Thomas, Meagan Lewis)

Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie (Xavier Grobet)

Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie (Gregory Middleton)

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie (Hank Van Eeghen)

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie (David Eisenberg)

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie (Anna Hauger)

Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Brad North, Harry Cohen, Jordan Wilby, Tiffy S. Griffith, Antony Zeller, A.J. Shapiro, Sally Boldt, Zane Bruce, Lindsay Pepper)

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series Or Movie (Douglas Axtell, Joe DeAngelis, Chris Carpenter)

Outstanding Music Supervision (Liza Richardson)

Congratulations to the cast and crew! Make sure to keep up to date with AfterBuzz TV for the latest news in entertainment.


About The Author:

Conor Slevin grew up in Marin County, California with his parents and his older sister. He attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he is pursuing a degree in Visual Media Arts with a focus in video editing and post production. His passions include movies, video games and EDM.

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