Three Columbians Among 2020 Emmy Award Nominees

August 03, 2020

The nominees for the 72nd Emmy Awards have been released. Of the individual nominations, three of them are fellow Lions!

Congratulations to Kate McKinnon ’06CC, Cicely Tyson ’14HON, and Nicole Kassell ’94CC on their recognition. Learn more about them and their nominations below, and continue scrolling to check out some other nominees with unique Columbia connections. 

Find the full list of nominations here. Join us in cheering on Kate, Cicely, and Nicole when the award show airs in September!

There were also eight projects involving Columbian filmmakers that received nominations. We congratulate them, and invite you to learn more about them here.


Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon ’06CC, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actress, Comedy 

Photo credit: Television Academy




Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson ’14HON, How To Get Away With Murder

Guest Actress, Drama

Photo credit: Harpo, Inc.




Nicole Kassell

Nicole Kassell ’94CC, Watchmen (“It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice”)

Directing for a Limited Series

Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images




Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Photo creditNASA/Bill Ingalls

She did not attend Columbia, but Octavia earned this nomination for her performance in the hit Netflix series, Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam C.J. Walker, as Madam C.J. Walker, who is the great-great-grandmother of University Trustee A'Lelia Bundles ’76JRN.

A'Lelia Bundles at 136th St

Not only did A’Lelia (pictured to the right) author the biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, which is the book Self Made is based on, but she also led the efforts to unveil 136th Street in Harlem (between Lenox Avenue & Malcolm X Blvd) as Madam C.J. and A’Lelia Walker Way.


Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Photo credit: IMDB/Steve Granitz

He may not be an alum, but he will be eventually! Hugh is currently taking classes at Columbia’s School of the Arts.


Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Reality Host

Photo credit: @BarbaraCorcoran on Twitter

Barbara is among the “Sharks” of NBC’s Shark Tank, of which she is an executive producer. She is a Columbia parent (P: ’16CC).