Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Ramy Youssef Have Both Been Nominated For Emmys

29 July 2020
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Quil Lemons
Watchmen lead the Emmy nominations while Ramy picked up three

Last night’s Emmy nominations proved incredibly successful for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and the whole Watchmen cast.

The hit show, based on the comics of the same name, picked up 26 nominations, more than any other show, with Abdul-Mateen II nominated for supporting actor in a limited series or movie. He is joined in that category by two fellow cast mates, Jovan Adepo and Louis Gossett Jr.

On Twitter, a jubilant Abdul-Mateen II said of the nomination

Speaking to us in this month’s issue, our cover star had this to say about his role in the show:

‘“To watch people watch Watchmen and then have new, more sophisticated conversations about the importance of telling the history of the Tulsa massacre – calling it a massacre not a race riot – fills me with pride. And with what’s happened to George Floyd, there’s a domino effect: now, we don’t have the excuse to ignore that part of history or say we weren’t educated,” says a visibly moved Abdul-Mateen II, whose unveiling as Dr Manhattan (comic-book speak for God) is the show’s main twist – a surprise bestowed on him well after he was cast.’

Watchmen is nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and also picked up nominations in the lead actor and actress categories, as well as supporting actress, too.

Elsewhere Ramy Youssef followed on his success from the Golden Globes earlier this year with more nominations for his show, Ramy.

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He was nominated for Lead Actor in a comedy series, while his co-star Mahershala Ali, was nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series. Youssef was also nominated for Director for a comedy series.

Watchmen was followed closely by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20 nominations, Succession with 18 and Ozark, also with 18.

Despite the show’s recognition, the second series of Watchmen was scrapped. Perhaps these nominations will prompt studio heads to reconsider.

Overall, Netflix received the most nominations, with 160 but HBO suffered this year. Without Game of Thrones, which wrapped last year, they were down to 107 nominations.

The winners of this year’s Emmys will be announced on September 20, in a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.