Top Chef received the most nominations with four, but Nailed It! has an eye on two of those trophies.

By Mike Pomranz
July 29, 2020
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Yesterday, the nominees for the 72nd Emmy Awards, scheduled to take place on September 20, were announced, and once again, food is being recognized for more than its role on the craft services table. Top Chef racked up four nominations, Nailed It! grabbed two nominations, and Amy Schumer Learns to Cook and Ugly Delicious each got a nod, as well.

In the Outstanding Competition Program category, two food show will be having a competition of their own: Nailed It! and Top Chef are both nominated, going up against The Masked Singer, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The Voice.

However, if one food show beats out the other, the hosts, at least, will have an opportunity for redemption (or double the disappointment). Both Nailed It!’s Nicole Byer and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio also received nods as Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program. In that category, they’ll be facing the hosts of Making It, Queer Eye, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Shark Tank.

Top Chef was also nominated for awards for Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program.

Two other well-known food-related shows also received nominations, this time in separate categories. Comedian Amy Schumer’s Food Network series Amy Schumer Learns to Cook was nominated as an Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. She’ll be facing off against Cheer, Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up, We’re Here, and—of course—RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Meanwhile, David Chang’s Netflix series Ugly Delicious is up for an award as Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special. Jerry Seinfeld’s fellow Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is also nominated in the category—which is somewhat of a culinary program, at least in name. They’ll be competing against Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, VICE, and The World According To Jeff Goldblum.

Speaking of shows that are tangentially about food, McMillion$—HBO’s show about the guy who rigged McDonald’s Monopoly promotion—was nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Comedy Central’s Drunk History received three nominations, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. And, hey, even Toy Story’s Forky is up for an Emmy. Everyone’s favorite animated utensil was nominated in the Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Category for his Disney+ show Forky Asks a Question: What Is Love?

And finally, John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch earned three nominations, including for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), but I watched it, and—spoiler alert!—it was very good, but disappointingly had very little to do with lunch.

See the full list of Emmy nominations here.