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The nominations are out for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Campaigning this year has been disrupted by the pandemic, but that doesn’t seem to have affected the academy’s tastes.

The voters have filled the outstanding animated program category with usual suspects, disregarding this year’s unusually rich offering of new shows. Of the five nominees, four were in the running last year. The fifth, Rick and Morty, won the previous year. Netflix’s two contenders here, Big Mouth and Bojack Horseman, have never won the award; the latter, whose final season came out this year to great critical acclaim, is in with a real chance.

The short form category also holds few surprises. Two nominees, Robot Chicken and Steven Universe Future, are here almost by right. At least one of the two has been nominated every year since 2010 (if we count Steven Universe, to which Future serves as an epilogue). The third, Forky Asks a Question, is one of the flagship short-form series of newcomer Disney+; it is a Pixar-produced spin-off from Toy Story 4.

Netflix dominates the animation and vfx categories with ten nominations, just as it tops the overall list with an incredible 160 nominations — more than any network has ever achieved. HBO comes second in animation and vfx, with six nominations (none of which are for animated shows). Fox has four nominations, three of those for The Simpsons, a show with 34 Primetime Emmys already under its belt. That it is this year’s most-nominated animated show speaks to voters’ conservatism.

Disney+ and Apple TV+ are competing for the first time. Expect next year’s list to be even busier with streaming contenders — whatever that list looks like after the production disruptions of this year.

It’s now down to the Television Academy’s 23,000-odd voters to watch the nominees and cast their votes online. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be announced on September 19, followed by all the other awards the following day. The ceremony will be hosted — in some form — by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC.

A list of all the nominees in the animation and vfx categories can be found below. For the full list of nominees in all categories, visit the Emmy website.

Animated Program
  • Big Mouth, “Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!” — Netflix
  • Bob’s Burgers, “Pig Trouble in Little Tina” — Fox
  • Bojack Horseman, “The View from Halfway Down” — Netflix
  • Rick and Morty, “The Vat of Acid Episode” — Adult Swim
  • The Simpsons, “Thanksgiving of Horror” — Fox
Short Form Animated Program
  • Forky Asks a Question, “What Is Love?” — Disney+
  • Robot Chicken, “Santa’s Dead (Spoiler Alert) Holiday Murder Thing Special” — Adult Swim
  • Steven Universe Future, “Fragments” — Cartoon Network
Children’s Program
  • Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance — Netflix
  • Star Wars Resistance — Disney Channel
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest — HBO
Character Voice-Over Performance
  • Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress — Big Mouth, “How to Have an Orgasm” — Netflix
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Owen — Central Park, “Episode One” — Apple TV+
  • Wanda Sykes as Gladys — Crank Yankers, “Bobby Brown, Wanda Sykes & Kathy Griffin” — Comedy Central
  • Taika Waititi as IG-11 — The Mandalorian, “Chapter 8: Redemption” — Disney+
  • Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson, Ralph, Todd — The Simpsons, “Better Off Ned” — Fox
  • Hank Azaria as Professor Frink, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Cletus, Kirk, Sea Captain — The Simpsons, “Frinkcoin” — Fox
Main Title Design
  • Abstract: The Art of Design — Netflix — A Radical Media Production in association with Tremolo Productions & Godfrey Dadich
  • Carnival Row — Prime Video — Legendary Pictures TV and Amazon Studios
  • Godfather Of Harlem — Epix — ABC Signature Studios
  • The Morning Show — Apple TV+ — Media Res
  • The Politician — Netflix — A Fox21 Television Studios Production
  • Watchmen — HBO — HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
  • Westworld — HBO — HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Special Visual Effects
  • Lost in Space, “Ninety-Seven” — Netflix — Legendary Television
  • The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child” — Disney+ — Lucasfilm Ltd.
  • Stranger Things, “Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt” — Netflix — Netflix
  • Watchmen, “See How They Fly” — HBO — HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
  • Westworld, “Crisis Theory” — HBO — HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros.
Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
  • Devs, “Episode 8” — FX Networks — FX Productions
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, “Household” — Hulu — MGM, Daniel Wilson Productions, The Littlefield Company, White Oak Pictures
  • Tales From The Loop, — “Loop” — Prime Video — Fox21 Television Studios and Amazon Studios
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, “Strongman” — Prime Video — Paramount Television and Amazon Studios
  • Vikings, “The Best Laid Plans” — History — An Octagon and Take 5 production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Original Interactive Program
  • The Messy Truth VR Experience — Oculus — Magic Labs Media, EAB, RYOT
  • Rebuilding Notre Dame — Oculus — Targo in association with Facebook Oculus
  • When We Stayed Home — Oculus — Targo in association with Facebook Oculus
Interactive Extension of a Linear Program
  • Mr. RobotSeason_4.0 ARG — USA Network — Ralph Interactive, 5th Column Games
  • Stranger ThingsScoops Ahoy: Operation Scoop Snoop — Netflix — 22Squared, m ss ng p eces, Baskin Robbins
  • WestworldFree Will Is Not Free Interactive Experience — HBO — HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television
Derivative Interactive Program
  • Big Mouth Guide To Life — Netflix — Social Life/Netflix
  • Doctor Who: The Runaway — BBC America — British Broadcasting Corporation/Passion Animation Studios

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