Apple TV+ picks up 18 Primetime Emmy nominations in its first year

2020 Emmy Nominations
2020 Emmy Nominations (Image credit: Television Academy)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has landed 18 nominations for this year's Primetime Emmys.
  • The nominations are spread across six of its original series and films.
  • The 72nd Emmys will be hosted on September 20 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT.

After just picking up two Daytime Emmy awards for "Ghostwriter" & "Peanuts in Space", Apple TV+ is ready to take on its first PrimeTime Emmy awards.

Announced this morning, Apple has picked up eighteen Primetime Emmy nominations across six of its original series and films. The titles that have been graced with nominations include "The Morning Show," "The Beastie Boys Story," "Defending Jacob," "Central Park," "Home," and "The Elephant Queen."

Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma says that, despite the pandemic, that this year has yielded "an extraordinary year for television."

"Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television ... Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season. We are honored to be recognizing so many of the talented programs, producers, directors and craftspeople behind the remarkable storytelling that has brought us together while we remain apart."

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, September 20 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. PDT on ABC. You can check out the full list of nominations for Apple TV+ below, and see the entire list at

"The Morning Show"

  • Best Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Carell
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series - Jennifer Aniston
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Mark Duplass
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Martin Short
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Mimi Leder
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program
  • Outstanding Main Title Design

"The Beastie Boys Story"

  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program

"Defending Jacob"

  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music - Olafur Arnalds
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie - Jonathan Freeman

"Central Park"

  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Leslie Odom Jr.


  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special

"The Elephant Queen"

  • Outstanding Narrator - Chiwetel Ejiofor
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.