Emmy Nominations 2020: Fresh Faces—First-Time Nominees

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yvonne Orji, Nicholas Braun, Octavia Spencer, Anna Kendrick and Taika Waititi and more are among new faces of Emmys competition.

Zendaya in 'Euphoria,' Paul Mescal in 'Normal People' and Cate Blanchett in 'Mrs. America'
Zendaya in ‘Euphoria,’ Paul Mescal in ‘Normal People’ and Cate Blanchett in ‘Mrs. America’ Courtesy of HBO; HULU; FX

A new class of performers are joining the 2020 Emmys as first-time nominees.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. PT on ABC. The show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who will also serve as executive producer.

Read on to find out more about what the 2020 Emmys’ first-time nominees are best known for, as well as other projects you may have seen them in before their nominated performances.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who will also serve as executive producer. The show will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 20, (8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT) on ABC.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    ‘Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution’

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is nominated in the outstanding narrator category for the History Channel documentary Black Patriots Apart from narrating, Abdul-Jabbar also serves as producer of the series.

    The documentary is described as one that details a “comprehensive picture of the African-American experience during the Revolutionary War.”

    Abdul-Jabbar, known for being an NBA star, author, activist and The Hollywood Reporter contributor, has a resume of guest appearances on the TV and film side. On TV, he’s made guest appearances on Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (1983) and Scrubs (2001). He’s also made an appearance on ABC’s The Bachelorette in 2017,

    On the film side, he appeared opposite Bruce Lee as an adversary during a fight scene in Lee’s final film Game of Death (1978). He also starred as an airline pilot in Airplane! (1980).

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