The Emmy nominations for 2020 have been announced, and Watchmen earned far and away essentially the most nods–26 in total. It’s an enormous determine, and consists of six nominations throughout performing classes and three throughout directing. Showrunner Damon Lindelof may be very pleased with this–but it doesn’t suggest he is coming again for season 2.
Lindelof has spoken to Entertainment Weekly concerning the present’s Emmy success, and mentioned that he is more than happy with it. “I expect nothing in this day and age, and I think that it’s hard to put too much stock and invest in award shows,” he says. “But at the same time, we all have to acknowledge that they mean something because it’s our peers. I didn’t really realize how much I cared until my heart started racing.”
Lindelof mentioned that he and his spouse “shrieked out loud” when Jeremy Irons was nominated for his efficiency as Adrian Veidt, and that he is very glad for all of the technical nominations too. “The best part of it is not how many nominations, but it’s all these people that I worked with over the course of two years, my creative partners, whether they worked in the camera department or the sound mixing or they were composing the score or doing the costumes,” he says.
Asked which nominations he was most joyful about, Lindelof talked about two. Lou Gossett Jr.’s nomination meant so much to him, he mentioned, as a result of ha has “worshiped him from afar as just a lover of cinema and storytelling” since childhood. He was additionally joyful to see music supervisor Liza Richardson, who he beforehand labored with on The Leftovers, nominated. “Music supervision is an art form, and it was just great to see her sort of singled out and recognized for that,” he says.
Asked if this modifications his place on not returning for more Watchmen, Lindelof doubled down, saying that whereas he hopes another person makes one thing, it will not be him. “I’m so proud of the work that we all did. But this show only worked because other [writers] told the story and I got out of the way, and that was not easy for me. I’m not saying this because I’m being modest; I’m a narcissist, for sure, but in the case of Watchmen, the magic occurred and that could never be replicated.”
“I hope there’s more Watchmen,” Lindelof says. “I actually really feel like that area is now open for others to come back and play in, and I actually sit up for what they do with it.
Watchmen was reclassified as a Limited Series after airing, which additionally partially explains the way it was capable of get so many nominations–it dominated in these classes.
Watchmen was GameSpot’s favorite show of 2019, and is more likely to win Emmys in a number of classes.