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Here are the 2021 Emmy Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 13, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 13, 2021 |


Below are the 2021 Emmy Nominations, and since TV is the new Movie, I suppose that makes Emmys the new Oscars, or at least that’s more the case in 2021 than usual, when television shows like Ted Lasso and Queen’s Gambit helped get us through a difficult year. You know what didn’t help us get through the year? Emily in Paris, which has for some ungodly reason been nominated in the Best Comedy series category instead of, say, Girls5Eva or even Rutherford Falls.

Emily in Paris is one of the few unpleasant surprises among the nominees this year, while pleasant surprises include The Boys and Bridgerton under best the best Drama category, and Hacks and Pen15 under the Comedy category. Many of the nominees, however, were expected, but not in a good way: Ted Lasso in Comedy and Queen’s Gambit, I May Destroy You, and Mare of Easttown in Limited Series (had any of these series been omitted, there would have been riots). HBO’s Lovecraft Country is the unfortunate recipient of the series nominated for Best Drama in the same year it was canceled, while Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Michael K. Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis received well-deserved nominations for that same series. Also, while the nominations for Lasso and Sudeikis were expected, it’s good to see much of the rest of the cast also being appreciated (including Coach Beard and Hannah Waddingham).

The Emmys are also starting to better appreciate genre, as The Mandalorian received another Emmy nom along with The Boys. Wandavision also fared well, receiving a Limited Series nom, as well as noms for Paul Bettany, Elisabeth Olsen, and Kathryn Hahn. That should, at the very least, help goose the ratings. All Hail Disney+? Those genre shows may help offset the usual suspects, in multiple nominations for The Handmaid’s Tale (despite another mediocre season) and The Crown. Also, a lot of noms for Hamilton, which I loved, but I’m also not sure that those nominees should have replaced actors and actresses who were in, like, actual television shows.

HBO and Netflix, per usual at this point, dominated the nominees, while it looks like This is Us, Saturday Night Live, and Black-ish were the major representatives for the broadcast networks (as well as Allison Janney, a virtual write-in at this point for her role in Mom).

What’s missing? For All Mankind, for one. Small Axe and The Underground Railroad were completely ignored. Late Night with Seth Meyers was snubbed again, although Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel and the rest of the staff fetched nominations in the writing category for The Amber Ruffin show. Ethan Hawke was also sorely overlooked for his exhilarating performance in The Good Lord Bird.

Here are the nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series
“The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Bridgerton” (Netflix)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)
“Pose” (FX)
“This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Emma Corrin, “The Crown”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”
Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”
Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Regé-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Aunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”
Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”
O-T Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
John Lithgow, “Perry Mason”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chris Sullivan, “This is Us”
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Michael Kenneth Williams, “Lovecraft Country”

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
“I May Destroy You” (HBO)
“Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video)
“WandaVision” (Disney+)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”
Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”
Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”
Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”
Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”
Ewan McGregor, “Halston”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”
Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”
Jean Smart, “Mare of Easttown”
Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Paapa Essiedu, “I May Destroy You”
Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”
Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”
Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Cobra Kai” (Netflix)
“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
“Hacks” (HBO Max)
“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“Pen15” (Hulu)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Aidy Bryant, “Shrill”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “Black-Ish”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”
Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant”
Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”
Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”
Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Hacks”
Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso”
Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso”
Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”
Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso”
Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”
Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Mckenna Grace, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sophie Okonedo, “Ratched”
Phylicia Rashad, “This is Us”

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Don Cheadle, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Charles Dance, “The Crown”
Timothy Olyphant, “The Mandalorian”
Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”
Carl Weathers, “The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Competition Program
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Nailed It!” (Netflix)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“Conan” (TBS)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding TV Movie
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (Netflix)
“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (Lifetime)
“Oslo” (HBO)
“Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Uncle Frank” (Amazon Prime Video)