More than 1,500 Gold Derby users, who are among the most knowledgeable television fans on the web, voted for the 17th Annual Gold Derby TV Award nominations, which were announced on Thursday, July 30. Watch our complete video announcement above, and scroll down to see the full list of nominees. You can start voting right now here. Signing up is quick and easy if you haven’t done it already.
Nobody knows awards better than the experts, editors and users at Gold Derby, so we launched our own prizes for film in 2002 and for TV in 2004. Vote for your favorites in 30 categories for the Gold Derby TV Awards 2020. You can only choose your overall top choice in each category. If you’re making picks on a desktop computer, grab the contender from the left column and add to the right column by clicking on the green + symbol. If voting on a mobile device, press down on each category line and a menu of options will pop up. You have until the end of September 13 to make or change your final selections. Feel free to edit your ballot as often as you like. None of your choices are final until voting closes. See instructions. Read contest rules.
“Succession” leads the way with 11 nominations, more than any other program. That’s literally a 1000% increase from last year, when the HBO corporate drama’s only nomination was for James Cromwell‘s guest performance. Cromwell is nominated again this year along with seven other actors from the cast. Not surprisingly, the show is also up for Ensemble of the Year, while the second season finale “This is Not for Tears” contends for Best Drama Episode. Oh, and Best Drama Series of course.
“Ozark” is next in line among dramas with eight nominations, followed by “The Crown” (seven) and “Big Little Lies” (six). They’re also nominated for Best Drama Series along with “Better Call Saul,” “Euphoria,” “Pose” and “Stranger Things.”
The season’s top comedy is “Schitt’s Creek” with nine bids, up from the three noms the show got last year. It’s nominated for Best Comedy Series for the second time, and Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy are back in lead-acting races. But this time they’re joined by supporting nominees Dan Levy, Emily Hampshire and Annie Murphy, plus guest actor Dustin Milligan. The finale episode, “Happy Ending,” is nominated for Best Comedy Episode, and the cast earned a bid for Best Ensemble (they’re the only comedy cast nominated in that race).
“The Good Place” is close behind with eight nominations, then “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with seven. Rounding out the race are “Better Things,” “Dead to Me,” “Insecure,” “Sex Education” and “What We Do in the Shadows.”
“Watchmen” is the top long form program with eight nominations including Best Limited Series, as well as acting noms for leads Regina King and Jeremy Irons, along with supporting bids for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tim Blake Nelson, Hong Chau and Jean Smart. It’s joined in the top category by “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Mrs. America,” “Normal People” and “Unbelievable,” while the five TV movies that earned bids are “American Son,” “Bad Education,” “El Camino,” “Togo” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend.”
The Gold Derby Awards also include categories not present at the Emmys, including Breakthrough Performer of the Year where Abdul-Mateen also competes with “Normal People” stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, “The Crown’s” Josh O’Connor, “Unorthodox” star Shira Haas and “SNL” newcomer Bowen Yang.
Women dominate the race for Performer of the Year, which is awarded to actors and entertainers for their overall contribution to TV during the past season, sometimes in multiple projects. Those nominees are Cate Blanchett, Regina King, Laura Linney, Catherine O’Hara, Merritt Wever and Reese Witherspoon.
You can view a full list of the nominees here: https://www.goldderby.com/article/2020/gold-derby-tv-awards-nominations-succession-schitts-creek/