HBO’s superhero series “Watchmen” nabbed a leading 26 nominations Tuesday for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, while Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” collected 20 in hopes of reclaiming the best comedy series honor.

“Watchmen” was nominated for outstanding limited series, while also scoring nods for stars Jeremy Irons and Regina King.

Also nominated for best limited series were FX’s “Mrs. America,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Netflix’s “Unbelievable” and “Unorthodox.”

Netflix led all platforms with 160 overall nominations, followed by HBO at 107 and NBC at a distant third with 47.

With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” ending its run and no longer a factor, the drama series will have a new winner this year. Nominated for the prize were AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” Disney+’s “The Mandalorian,” HBO’s “Succession” and Netflix’s “The Crown,” “Ozark” and “Stranger Things.”

The comedy series category also won’t have a repeat winner, with last year’s champ “Fleabag” also ending its run. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the prize in 2018 and will look to return to the winner’s circle. Also vying for the prize are HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Insecure”; Netflix’s “Dead To Me” and “The Kominsky Method”; NBC’s “The Good Place”; Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek”; and FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Nominated for best actor in a drama series were Jason Bateman for “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown for “This is Us”; Steve Carell for “The Morning Show”; Brian Cox for “Succession”; Billy Porter for “Pose”; and Jeremy Strong for “Succession.” Nominations for best actress in a drama went to Jennifer Aniston for “The Morning Show”; Olivia Colman for “The Crown”; Jodie Comer for “Killing Eve”; Laura Linney for “Ozark”; Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve”; and Zendaya for “Euphoria.”

For best comedy actor, nominations went to Anthony Anderson for “Black-ish”; Don Cheadle for “Black Monday”; Ted Danson for “The Good Place”; Michael Douglas for “The Kominsky Method”; Eugene Levy for “Schitt’s Creek”; and Ramy Youssef for “Ramy.” Comedy actress nominations went to Christina Applegate for “Dead To Me”; Rachel Brosnahan for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Linda Cardellini for “Dead To Me”; Catherine O’Hara for “Schitt’s Creek”; Issa Rae for “Insecure”; and Traci Ellis Ross for “Black-ish.”

Competing with Irons of “Watchmen” for best actor in a limited series or TV movie will be Hugh Jackman for “Bad Education,” Paul Mescal for “Normal People,” Jeremy Pope for “Hollywood” and Mark Ruffalo for “I Know This Much Is True.”

Nominated with King for best actress in a limited series or movie were Cate Blanchett for “Mrs. America,” Shira Haas for “Unorthodox,” Octavia Spencer for “Self Made” and Kerry Washington for “Little Fires Everywhere.”

The nominations announcement was held on a virtual basis and streamed on, hosted by Leslie Jones, a three-time Emmy nominee for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” She was joined virtually by Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany, Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, and Josh Gad, who shared a best musical theater album Grammy for the original Broadway cast recording of “The Book of Mormon.”

The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, will be presented Sept. 20 with Jimmy Kimmel as host.

“I don’t know where or how or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!” Kimmel proclaimed on his Twitter page June 16, confirming his selection as host.

The bulk of the awards will be presented at what the Television Academy bills as an “innovative virtual event taking place over several nights in September” in place of the Creative Arts Emmys, which were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Those awards are mainly in obscure technical categories, such as picture editing, costuming, hairstyling, makeup and sound, but also include awards for guest acting.

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