Kerry Washington. Jennifer Aniston. Michael Douglas. Sterling K. Brown. Lots of big names scored 2020 Emmy nominations during Tuesday morning’s live announcement of who’s in and who’s out.
But this year, some Emmy newcomers and surprise contenders could steal the show, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Here are the actors and series you need to catch up on through binge watching if you’re not yet familiar.
Zendaya (HBO’s “Euphoria”). The multi-talented singer-actress scored her first Emmy nomination — a nod for best actress in a drama
for the gritty series about high schoolers dealing with sex, drugs and trauma.
Paul Mescal (Hulu’s “Normal People”). The Irish newbie to acting gave a heartbreaking performance as an introverted, intense young man dealing with his first love. Now he’s competing for best actor in a limited series.
More: List of Emmy nominees in major categories
Jeremy Pope (Netflix’s “Hollywood”). The Tony nominee for Broadway’s Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud” can add some TV love to his resume with his nomination for best actor in a
limited series or TV movie. He plays an African American screenwriter trying to get his big
break in the 1940s film industry.
The first Muslim American sitcom to compete in the best sitcom category also earned acting and directing nods for its star, Ramy Youssef.
Shira Haas (Netflix’s “Unorthodox”). The Israeli actress will vie for best actress in a
limited series or TV movie for her riveting portrayal of a Hasidic Jewish woman who crosses an ocean to leave her arranged marriage.
“Mrs. America” (Hulu). So you didn’t watch the limited series about the 1970s feminist movement and Phyllis Schlafly’s effort to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment? Neither did most viewers. That didn’t stop the Emmys from singling it out.
“What We Do in the Shadows” (FX).
The hilarious series about vampires coping with mundane modern life is taking its first bite of the best comedy series category.
“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus). The debut season of the “Star Wars” franchise spin-off is competing for the top drama prize. Two words: Baby Yoda.
Yvonne Orji (HBO’s “Insecure”). The Nigerian-American actress is
a contender for best supporting actress in a comedy as Molly, the best friend in Issa Rae’s superbly nuanced series, which also nabbed its first nod as best comedy.
William Jackson Harper (“NBC’s “The Good Place”). For the final season of the sublime afterlife sitcom, Harper finally is rewarded with best supporting actor recognition for his brilliance as brainy character Chidi Anagonye.
Brad Pitt (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”). He’s
up for his guest-starring role on “SNL” as Dr. Anthony Fauci. OK, Pitt is no newcomer. But did you have any idea he could be that funny?