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July 28, 2020

Apple TV+ makes Primetime Emmy debut with historic nominations across six original programs, the most for a streaming service in its first year

After launching less than nine months ago, Apple TV+ honored with a total of 18 nominations across six premium programs: “The Morning Show,” “Beastie Boys Story,” “Defending Jacob,” “Central Park,” “Home” and “The Elephant Queen”

In its first year, Apple TV+ landed a historic 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, making history with the most program and acting nominations for a streaming service in its first year, including five total acting nominations for “The Morning Show” and six programs nominated overall. The news was announced today by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences at the 72nd Annual Emmy Award live nominations, and marks the first Emmy Award nominations for Apple TV+ following its global launch less than nine months ago on November 1, 2019.

Apple’s critically acclaimed, hit series “The Morning Show” received five acting nominations and eight nominations overall. Jennifer Aniston received her first dramatic role nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, and Steve Carell was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. “The Morning Show” also earned two nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for both Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass, and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Martin Short. Director Mimi Leder was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz and Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze make their Emmy debut with five total nominations for the acclaimed “Beastie Boys Story,” including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

Additional Apple Original nominated programs include limited series “Defending Jacob,” animated comedy “Central Park,” documentary series “Home,” and the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award-winning documentary “The Elephant Queen.”

Apple TV+ received 18 total nominations for the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards, including:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Carell in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Mark Duplass in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Martin Short in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Mimi Leder for “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program - “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Main Title Design - “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie - “Defending Jacob”
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music - “Defending Jacob”
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Leslie Odom Jr. in “Central Park”
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special - “Home”
  • Outstanding Narrator - Chiwetel Ejiofor in “The Elephant Queen”

Today’s Emmy nominations follow Apple TV+’s first-ever Daytime Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Programming for “Ghostwriter” and Outstanding Single Camera Editing for “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.” The honors made Apple TV+ the first streaming service to win a Daytime Emmy in its first year.

Including today’s nominations, Apple TV+ has landed a total of 25 awards wins and accolades, and 95 awards nominations since its global launch.

In addition to the the Daytime Emmy Award wins, Apple’s critically acclaimed hit series “The Morning Show” has been honored with a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Jennifer Aniston, and a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Crudup. The series has also earned three Golden Globe Award nominations just shortly after its premiere, which has never been done before by a new streaming service, and was nominated for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association this year. Globally, the series has been nominated for a TV Choice Award for Best New Drama.

“The Morning Show” explores the cutthroat world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Told through the lens of two complicated women working to navigate the minefield of high-octane jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives, “The Morning Show” is an unapologetically candid drama that looks at the power dynamics between women and men, and women and women, in the workplace. The series is executive produced by Michael Ellenberg through Media Res, which also serves as the studio, along with Jennifer Aniston and Kristin Hahn through Echo Films; Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter through Hello Sunshine; and Mimi Leder, who also directs several episodes. The series is developed by Kerry Ehrin, who serves as showrunner and is an executive producer.

In “Beastie Boys Story,” Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former grandfather, filmmaker Spike Jonze. “Beastie Boys Story” premiered on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the release of Beastie Boys’ No. 1 charting 1994 album, “Ill Communication.” The film reunites Beastie Boys with director Spike Jonze over 25 years after directing the music video for the album’s immortal hit single, “Sabotage.” Since its debut, the documentary has been the recipient of the Best Documentary Award by the Hollywood Critics Association, and has been hailed by critics, including the New York Times, who call it a “moving and generous elegy.”

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit

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