Apple TV+ earned 19 Emmy Awards nominations, including several for The Morning Show, a star-studded drama that was a highlight of the streaming service’s launch last autumn.
That’s not bad for the first year of eligibility for Apple TV+. However, Netflix totally dominated the 72nd annual Emmy Awards nominations, which were revealed Tuesday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The world’s biggest streamer took home an astonishing 160 Emmy noms. HBO limited series Watchmen scored the most nominations of any single series with 26.
The Morning Show got Apple TV+ so many Emmy nominations
Jennifer Aniston earned a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her work on The Morning Show, a drama that addresses sexual misconduct within a broadcast news organization. This isn’t Aniston’s first Emmy nomination, but it’s the first she’s received for dramatic acting rather than comedy.
Aniston’s co-star Steve Carell picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series. And both Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass got nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for their work in the series. Plus, Martin Short got a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for a small role in the show.
In total, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognized The Morning Show eight times. That comes on top of Aniston earning a Screen Actors Guild award for her portrayal of embattled news anchor Alex Levy. (The show also picked up plenty of Golden Globe nominations.)
Other Apple shows recognized by the Academy
More than just this one drama pulled in Emmy nominations for Apple TV+. The documentary Beastie Boys Story also did particularly well. It earned a nomination for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special. And it was recognized for Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program for the work of Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Spike Jonze. Plus, Jeff Buchanan got the nod for Outstanding Picture Editing, while Martyn Zub got one for Outstanding Sound Editing for the Beasties documentary.
Other Apple TV+ productions earning notice included:
- Leslie Odom Jr. nominated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for the first episode of Central Park, an animated musical-comedy on Apple TV+.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nominated for Outstanding Narrator of nature documentary The Elephant Queen.
- A Defending Jacob episode scored an Outstanding Cinematography nomination. And the series was nominated for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
- Documentary series Home earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Composition.