‘Watchmen’ leads Emmy nominations

HBO’s superhero series “Watchmen” received a leading 26 nominations on Tuesday for the prime-time Emmy Awards.

The series, which captured America’s deep unease as it faces racial and political clashes amid a pandemic, was nominated as best limited series and received nods for cast members including Regina King and Jeremy Irons.

King was part of a vanguard of actors of colour who showed that TV academy voters took heed of the social climate.

Regina King and Damon Lindelof
Regina King with show’s creator Damion Lindelof

The Amazon comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the second most-nominated series with 20, followed by Netflix’s “Ozark” with 18.

The strong showing by Netflix’s “Ozark” helped the streaming service achieve a record-setting 160 nominations that bested one-time perennial leader HBO, which earned 107 nods.

Streaming newcomer Apple TV+ earned attention in its first season with Jennifer Aniston’s best drama actress bid for “The Morning Show.” Another streaming newbie, Disney+, saw its Star Wars franchise spinoff, “The Mandalorian,” claim a best drama nomination among its hefty 15 total nods.