‘Watchmen’ Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Shares Reaction To His Emmy Nomination

The Doctor Manhattan star couldn't contain his excitement.

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Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II shared his brilliant reaction to finding out he’d been nominated for an Emmy for playing Doctor Manhattan.

After Watchmen raked in an impressive 26 Emmy nominations this week, one of its stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II posted how he reacted when he discovered he’d also been nominated. HBO classified the comic book show as a limited series, so it wasn’t eligible for Best Drama Series, but the show dominated all of the limited series nominations. While many fans want more from Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, the showrunner says he has no ideas of where to take the story next so he doesn’t want to do it just because it was popular.

Receiving an Emmy nomination is no small feat, and after Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s brilliant performance as both Calvin Abar and Doctor Manhattan, it should be no surprise that the star is being recognized for his work. He took to Instagram with a video of himself checking through the entire list of nominations before spotting his own name. The Watchmen star excitedly  jumped backward shouting towards his friends or family off-camera that he got nominated. It’s a light-hearted little clip that will definitely make fans smile, take a look below.


What do you think about Yahya Abdul-Mateen II getting an Emmy nomination? Did you like his dual performance in Watchmen? Sound-off in the comments below!

Here is the official synopsis for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen:

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

Watchmen aired on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on HBO. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the HBO show and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more video content.

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