‘WATCHMEN’ TOPS EMMYs 2020 LIST + SNUBS! – (07/29/2020)
HBO’s Watchmen led the pack with 26 nominations for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned second place with 20 nominations. Ozark and Succession were next in line with 26 nods.
Also of note: Saturday Night Live snagged 15 (including one for Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci), RuPaul’s Drag Race nabbed 19 and Steve Carrell, Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong received their first nominations ever in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney, Sandrah Oh and Zendaya were nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Overall, Netflix scored 160 nominations, more than any other platform. Last year’s winner HBO snagged 107. NBC earned 47, more than any other broadcaster.
First time nominees include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, Mamoudou Athie, Bobby Berk, Cate Blanchett, Nicholas Braun, Kamaro Brown, Nicole Byer, D’Arcy Carden, Barbara Corcoran, Billy Crudup, Mark Cuban, Kieran Culkin, Tan France, Lori Greiner, Shira Haas, William Jackson Harper, Corey Hawkins, Robert Herjavec, Stephan James, Daymond John, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Anna Kendrick, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Matthew McFadyen, Paul Mescal, Annie Murphy, Lupita Nyong’o, Leslie Odom Jr., Kevin O’Leary, Kaitlin Olson, Yvonne Orji, Dev Patel, Jeremy Pope, Antoni Porowski, Andrew Scott, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Snook, Cecily Strong, Jeremy Strong, Rain Valdez, Taika Waititi, Harriet Walter, Christoph Waltz, Ramy Youssef, Zendaya.
High-profile series that were completely shut out include Better Things (including star Pamela Adlon), The Chi, Dickinson, The Good Fight, Hunters, The Loudest Voice, Mythic Quest, Never Have I Ever, Some Good News, Twenties.
Individual stars not nominated for Emmys, despite widespread expectations they would be: Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David (not nominated despite the series’ numerous nods); Allison Janney (up for Bad Education and Mom); Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss; Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn and Jonathan Banks (left out despite the series’ eight nominations); Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe; Morning Show breakout Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Mrs. America star Rose Byrne; Big Little Lies‘ Nicole Kidman; and Reese Witherspoon (up for three series: Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show, but left out of this year’s nominees).
Plus, The Morning Show got multiple nominations but not for best drama series. Similarly, Black-ish and Westworld received multiple acting nominations but not nominations in the best comedy and drama series categories, respectively.
This year’s ceremony will take place (in some form) on Sunday, September 20 on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host.
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KANYE WEST FILES PAPERWORK TO APPEAR ON NJ BALLOT – (07/29/2020)
Kanye West has filed paperwork to appear on the New Jersey ballot for president. According to TMZ, the music and fashion icon submitted petitions on Monday (July 27th) with 1,327 signatures. In New Jersey, the requirement for Independent candidates to file for president is 800 signatures. The deadline to get the paperwork is July 31st at 5pm and there’s an objection period where someone can challenge the validity of individual signatures submitted. If there are no objections, Kanye will get a place on the ballot.
Kanye has already submitted paperwork to get on the ballot in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.
REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN WEST AND KANYE WEST HEADED FOR DIVORCE MONTHS AGO – (07/29/2020)
Kim Kardashian West is not going to leave her husband Kanye West during his mental health crisis, but the pair have been discussing divorce for months, according to Us Weekly. The pair share four children, and the world became aware of their issues when West sent out a series of since-deleted Tweets railing against Kim and her mother Kris Jenner. At a presidential rally before his tirades last week, he also openly discussed wanted to abort their eldest child North, who is 7.
An insider tells Us: “Kim is not leaving the relationship because of this current situation, but before this situation, over the last three months or so, they had been talking about divorce. Kim has wanted to make this marriage work and so has Kanye. They both still love each other and there is still some interest in making this marriage work but in recent months it has looked way less likely.”
They married in 2014, and in addition to North, share Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 14 months.
The source continues: “There is no conversation about divorce until he’s able to be in a better mental space,” the insider continues. “Really, there’s little to no contact between Kim and Kanye right now.”
They were photographed together on Monday in Wyoming. Kim appeared in tears.
A source tells People that “Kim hasn’t seen Kanye for weeks. She is very emotional about everything and also exhausted. She feels very hurt by Kanye. She has tried to reach him multiple times and he just ignores her. It’s all a bad situation.”
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MACKENZIE BEZOS DONATES $1.7B: MacKenzie Bezos, the ex-wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has donated $1.7 billion off her personal fortune to charity after signing The Giving Pledge in May of 2019. She wrote in a Medium blog post that the funds were distributed across organizations committed to racial and gender equity, economic mobility, public health, climate change and more. They include Black Girls Code, Howard University and the Trevor Project. (Medium)
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