The 2020 Emmy Award Nominees for Best Production Design

The 2020 Emmy Award nominees for Best Production Design have been announced. Check to see if your favourite show is nominated.

Nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced today recognizing a host of groundbreaking new programs along with beloved hit shows that have been integral in helping television viewers navigate our changing world.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television.”

The live ceremony, reimagined as a virtual event due to production restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted by Supermarket Sweep star and Saturday Night Live alumnus Leslie Jones with presenters Laverne Cox (Inventing Anna), Josh Gad (Central Park), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason) and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

HBO’s Watchmen took the top spot for program nominations with 26 followed by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (20), Ozark (18), Succession (18), The Mandalorian (15), Schitt’s Creek (15), Saturday Night Live (15) and The Crown (13). Netflix lead the nominations in totals by platform with 160, setting a record previously held by HBO with 137 nominations in 2019. HBO had the second-most nominations with 107, and rounding out the top five were NBC with 47, ABC with 36 and FX with 33.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. “Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season. We are honored to be recognizing so many of the talented programs, producers, directors and craftspeople behind the remarkable storytelling that has brought us together while we remain apart.”

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also serves as executive producer for television’s biggest night. The show will be broadcast, Sunday, September 20th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. PDT, on ABC. The 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air on FXX on Saturday, September 19th at 8:00p.m. EDT/PDT.

For the full list of all the 2020 Emmy nominees, go to the official site for the Emmy Awards. Check out the 2020 Emmy nominations for Best Production Design below.

The 2020 Emmy Awards Nominees for Best Production Design Share on X

2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations

The 2020 Production Design Emmy Nominations

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary (One Hour Or More) Nominees

Big Little Lies | HBO

Big Little Lies

“What Have They Done?, The Bad Mother, I Want To Know”


  • John Paino, Production Designer
  • Austin Gorg, Art Director
  • Amy Wells, Set Decorator

Killing Eve

“Are You From Pinner?”

BBC America

  • Laurence Dorman, Production Designer
  • Beckie Harvey, Art Director
  • Casey Williams, Set Decorator




  • David Bomba, Production Designer
  • Sean Ryan Jennings, Art Director
  • Kim Leoleis, Set Decorator


“This Is Not For Tears”


  • Stephen H. Carter, Production Designer
  • Carmen Cardenas, Art Director
  • George DeTitta, Set Decorator
  • Ana Buljan, Set Decorator

The Handmaid’s Tale



  • Elisabeth Williams, Production Designer
  • Martha Sparrow, Art Director
  • Robert Hepburn, Set Decorator

The Morning Show

“In The Dark Night Of The Soul It’s Always 3:30 In The Morning”

Apple TV+

  • John Paino, Production Designer
  • James F. Truesdale, Art Director
  • Amy Wells, Set Decorator

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More) Nominees

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | Amazon Prime Video



  • Matthew Flood Ferguson, Production Designer
  • Mark Robert Taylor, Art Director
  • Melissa Licht, Set Decorator

The Crown



  • Martin Childs, Production Designer
  • Mark Raggett, Art Director
  • Alison Harvey, Set Decorator

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

“It’s Comedy Or Cabbage, A Jewish Girl Walks Into The Apollo…”

Amazon Prime Video

  • Bill Groom, Production Designer
  • Neil Prince, Art Director
  • Ellen Christiansen, Set Decorator


“An Almost Religious Awe”


  • Kristian Milsted, Production Designer
  • Jay Pelissier, Art Director
  • Edward McLoughlin, Set Decorator


“Parce Domine”


  • Howard Cummings, Production Designer
  • Jon Carlos, Art Director
  • Julie Ochipinti, Set Decorator

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) Nominees

What We Do In the Shadows | FX Network


“Up, Up, Up”


  • Todd Fjeldsted, Production Designer
  • Valerie Green, Art Director
  • Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Space Force



  • Susie Mancini, Production Designer
  • Gary Warshaw, Art Director
  • Rachael Ferrara, Set Decorator

The Mandalorian

“Chapter 1: The Mandalorian”


  • Andrew L. Jones, Production Designer
  • Jeff Wisniewski, Art Director
  • Amanda Serino, Set Decorator

What We Do In The Shadows

“Resurrection, Collaboration, Witches”

FX Network

  • Kate Bunch, Production Designer
  • Aleks Cameron, Art Director
  • Shayne Fox, Set Decorator

Will & Grace

“We Love Lucy”


  • Glenda Rovello, Production Designer
  • Conny Boettger-Marinos, Art Director
  • Peter Gurski, Set Decorator

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Competition Series Nominees

Saturday Night Live | NBC

At Home With Amy Sedaris

“Outdoor Entertaining, Travel”


  • Jason Singleton, Production Designer
  • Katy Porter, Set Decorator
  • Naomi Munro, Art Director

Drunk History

“Bad Blood”

Comedy Central

  • Monica Sotto, Production Designer
  • Rae Deslich, Set Decorator
  • Linette McCown, Set Decorator

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

“Episode 629”


  • Eric Morrell, Production Designer
  • Amanda Carzoli, Art Director

Queer Eye

“We’re In Japan!: The Ideal Woman”


  • Thomas Rouse, Production Designer

Saturday Night Live

“Host: Eddie Murphy, Host: John Mulaney”


  • Eugene Lee, Production Designer
  • Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer
  • Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer
  • N. Joseph DeTullio, Production Designer

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special Nominees

The Little Mermaid Live! | ABC

62nd Grammy Awards


  • Brian Stonestreet, Production Designer
  • Kristen Merlino, Art Director
  • Gloria Lamb, Art Director
  • Jason Howard, Set Decorator

77th Annual Golden Globe Awards


  • Brian Stonestreet, Production Designer
  • Angel Herrera, Art Director

Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” And “Good Times”


  • Bernard Vyzga, Production Designer
  • Richard Rohrer, Art Director
  • Ron Olsen, Set Decorator

The Little Mermaid Live!


  • Misty Buckley, Production Designer
  • Joe Celli, Art Director
  • Jason Howard, Set Decorator

The Oscars


  • Jason Sherwood, Production Designer
  • Alana Billingsley, Art Director

The Official 2020 Emmy Award Nominees Announcement

Which television shows are you hoping will win an Emmy for Best Production Design? I loved seeing What We Do In the Shadows, Big Little Lies, and my long time favourite, The Handmaid’s Tale made the cut. Do you feel any shows were snubbed? Let us know your thoughts on the 2020 Emmy Awards production design nominees in the comments below.

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Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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