Emmy Awards 2021: Nominees announced ahead of TV's big night

Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown and The Mandalorian receive 24 nominations each while Ted Lasso, Bridgerton and Cobra Kai also earn nods ahead of TV’s highest honors

  • Top nominees The Crown and Mandalorian will duke it out for the biggest honor of the night as they are each nominated for outstanding drama series against: The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, Pose, and This Is Us 
  • The Crown also has prominence when it comes to the top acting nominations of the night as Josh O’Connor earned a recognition in the lead actor in a drama category while Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin will duke it out for lead actress in a drama 
  • Though The Mandalorian did not have any nominations announced on the livestream Tuesday morning they did receive several in other acting categories including Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers in the guest actor drama nods, and Giancarlo Esposito in the best supporting actor in a drama series category 
  • Meanwhile it was Ted Lasso leading the way in the comedy categories as the AppleTV+ series racked up a very impressive 20 nominations including top honor best comedy series 
  • WandaVision led all limited series in nominations with 23 including top honor outstanding limited or anthology series
  • The list of nominees was announced by Ron Cephas Jones, 64, from the series This Is Us and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones, 31, of Hamilton fame
  • The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer
  • The 2020 ceremony was a virtual awards show due to the coronavirus pandemic but will once again be held in-person this year on September 10  

The Crown tied with The Mandalorian for the most Emmy nominations Tuesday with 24 apiece, but the Marvel universe also got bragging rights with runner-up WandaVision.

The nominations reinforced the rapid rise of streaming, with the top-nominated scripted shows on services that largely emerged in the past two years. In the top three categories – drama, comedy and limited series – only the NBC show This Is Us snagged a nomination.

Netflix´s The Crown received its fourth nomination for best series, and is likely the streaming service’s best chance to win its first-ever top series trophy. The British royal drama moved closer to contemporary events with its version of the courtship and rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin.  

Feeling the force: The Mandalorian tied for the most Primetime Emmy nominations which were announced on Tuesday with 24

Reigning supreme: The Crown also earned 24 Emmy nominations this year. Pictured L-R: Duchess of Gloucester (Penny Downie), Queen Mother (Marion Bailey), Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), Mountbatten (Charles Dance), Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham-Carter), Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), Duchess of  Gloucester (Penny Downie), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin)

Ted Lasso and The Flight Attendant were among the best comedy series nominees. Mare of Easttown and I May Destroy You will compete in the best limited series field against top nominee WandaVision. 

The list of nominees was announced by Ron Cephas Jones, 64, from the series This Is Us and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones, 31, of Hamilton fame, as well as Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. 

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on September 10.  

Timehopping: WandaVision led all limited series in nominations with 23 including top honor outstanding limited or anthology series. The series is up against: The Queen’s Gambit, I May Destroy You, Mare of Easttown, and The Underground Railroad

On top: Meanwhile it was Ted Lasso leading the way in the comedy categories as the AppleTV+ series racked up a very impressive 20 nominations including top honor best comedy series 

Top nominees The Crown and Mandalorian will duke it out for the biggest honor of the night as they are each nominated for outstanding drama series against: The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, Pose, and This Is Us. 

The Crown also has prominence when it comes to the top acting nominations of the night as Josh O’Connor earned a recognition in the lead actor in a drama category while Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin will duke it out for lead actress in a drama.

Facing Colman and Corrin in the top actress category will be: Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid´s Tale; Uzo Aduba for In Treatment, Mj Rodriguez for Pose, and Jurnee Smollett for Lovecraft Country.

Big announcement: Ron Cephas Jones and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones revealed the Emmy nominations on Tuesday morning 

O’Connor faces stiff competition in the best actor category as he is up against:  Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us, Jonathan Majors for Lovecraft Country,  Regé-Jean Page for Bridgerton, Billy Porter for Pose, and Matthew Rhys for Perry Mason.

Though The Mandalorian did not have any nominations announced on the livestream Tuesday morning they did receive several in other acting categories including Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers in the guest actor drama nods, and Giancarlo Esposito in the best supporting actor in a drama series category. Lead actor Pedro Pascal did not receive an individual nomination.  

Bridgerton was also one of the most recognized series as the Netflix series received 12 nominations including the aforementioned outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama (Page) nods.

Interesting: Olivia Colman will be matched up against The Crown co-star Emma Corrin in the lead actress in a drama category along with  Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid´s Tale; Uzo Aduba for In Treatment, Mj Rodriguez for Pose, and Jurnee Smollett for Lovecraft Country

Setting the bar high: Though The Mandalorian did not have any nominations announced on the livestream Tuesday morning they did receive several in other acting categories including Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers in the guest actor drama nods, and Giancarlo Esposito in the best supporting actor in a drama series category. Lead actor Pedro Pascal (pictured) did not receive an individual nomination

Exit: Bridgerton was also one of the most recognized series as the Netflix series received 12 nominations including the aforementioned outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama (Regé-Jean Page – pictured left) nods

Meanwhile it was Ted Lasso leading the way in the comedy categories as the AppleTV+ series racked up a very impressive 20 nominations including top honor best comedy series. 

The show about a small-time football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team will face tough competition including: black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, The Flight Attendant, Hacks, The Kominsky Method,  and PEN15.

Jason Sudeikis – who plays the titular character – also received a nomination in the best actor in a comedy series category as he will face: Anthony Anderson for black-ish, Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method, William H. Macy for Shameless, and Kenan Thompson for Kenan. 

Kaley Cuoco earned her first ever nomination for The Flight Attendant as she will be up against Aidy Bryant for Shrill, Jean Smart for Hacks,  Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish, and Allison Janney for Mom in the coveted best actress in a comedy series category. 

Goal! Jason Sudeikis – who plays the titular character – also received a nomination in the best actor in a comedy series category as he will face: Anthony Anderson for black-ish, Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method, William H. Macy for Shameless, and Kenan Thompson for Kenan

Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it? Cobra Kai will face off against Ted Lasso in the outstanding comedy series category

Blonde ambition: Kaley Cuoco earned her first ever nomination for The Flight Attendant as she will be up against Aidy Bryant, ‘Shrill’; Jean Smart, ‘Hacks’; Tracee Ellis Ross, ‘black-ish’; and Allison Janney, ‘Mom’ in the coveted best actress in a comedy series category

THE 73RD ANNUAL EMMY NOMINATIONS FOR 2021

 Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon)

Bridgerton (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Pose (FX)

This Is Us (NBC)

Bridgerton was nominated for Best Drama Series

 

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+)

The Kominsky Method was on the list for Best Comedy Series

  

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)

 

Competition Series

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)

 

Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks

Lead Actress, Comedy

Aidy Bryant (Shrill)

Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)

Jean Smart (Hacks)

 

Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)

Kenan Thompson (Kenan)  

 

Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Paul Bettany (WandaVision)

Hugh Grant (The Undoing)

Ewan McGregor (Halston)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)

Kate Winslet was recognized for  her work in Mare Of Easttown

 

Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

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)

 

Limited Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Mare of Easttown (HBO)

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

The Underground Railroad (Amazon)

WandaVision (Disney+)

WandaVision landed in Limited Series

Lead Actress, Drama

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)

 

Lead Actor, Drama

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)

Josh O’Connor (The Crown)

Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)

 

Sterling K. Brown was nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama

Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

Oslo

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie’s Love

Uncle Frank 

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)

O-T Fagbenie (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 K. Williams (Lovecraft Country)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gillian Anderson in The Crown for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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)

 

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)

Aidy Bryant was given nods for Shrill and Saturday Night Live

 

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)

 

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)

Paapa Essiedu (May Destroy You)

Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)

Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown)

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)

 

Kate McKinnon was on the list for her work on Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or 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)

 

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’)

 

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 Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Dave Chappelle (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Morgan Freeman (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Daniel Kaluuya (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Daniel Levy (‘Saturday Night Live’)

 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams (‘Hacks’)

Yvette Nicole Brown (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Bernadette Peters (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’)

Issa Rae (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Maya Rudolph (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Kristen Wiig (‘Saturday Night Live’)

 

Alec Baldwin was nominated for his role on Saturday Night Live

Variety Sketch Series

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

‘Saturday Night Live’

Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

The Oscars (ABC)

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime)

 

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)

Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)

Hamilton (Disney Plus)

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

 

Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (CBS)

Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy (CNN)

United Shades Of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

VICE (Showtime)

 

Host For a Reality or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (‘Queer Eye’)

Nicole Byer (‘Nailed It!’)

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

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons (‘Top Chef’)

RuPaul (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’)

 

The Oscars was singled out for their 2020 show

Animated Program

‘Big Mouth’ (Netflix)

‘Bob’s Burgers’ (Fox)

‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ (Adult Swim)

‘The Simpsons’ (Fox)

‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ (Comedy Central)

Short Form Animated Program

‘Love, Death + Robots’ (Netflix)

‘Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap’ (Disney)

‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (Disney Plus)

‘Robot Chicken’ (Adult Swim)

 

 

WandaVision led all limited series in nominations with 23 including top honor outstanding limited or anthology series. The Disney+ series is up against: The Queen’s Gambit, I May Destroy You, Mare of Easttown, and The Underground Railroad.

Elizabeth Olsen is nominated for lead actress in the category for her role as Wanda Maximoff while Paul Bettany earned a best actor nomination for playing her on-screen husband named Vision.

Olsen will face heavy competition including Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You, Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha, Anya Taylor-Joy for The Queen’s Gambit, and Kate Winslet for Mare of Easttown. 

Old school cool: Elizabeth Olsen is nominated for lead actress in the category for her role as Wanda Maximoff while Paul Bettany earned a best actor nomination for playing her on-screen husband named Vision

Bettany will take on Hugh Grant for The Undoing, Ewan McGregor for Halston, Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton,

and Leslie Odom, Jr. also for Hamilton.

The nominees for outstanding variety talk series are: Conan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

‘These nominations represent the work done in television through the most challenging year I can think of,’ TV academy chief executive Frank Scherma said before the first nominees were announced.  


Hit shows: Mare of Easttown and The Undoing were both nominated for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series 

‘While many of us in our medium worked remotely throughout the last 18 months, I have to say it feels so good to be getting back on a set. Making great television is a collaborative group effort where the sum equals more than the parts, and I can´t tell you how much I´ve missed it.’

There were also several notable snubs including Nicole Kidman for The Undoing, Mandy Moore for This Is Us, and the aforementioned Pedro Pascal for The Mandalorian.

The Primetime Emmy Award is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in primetime television programming. 

The show will be returning to their usual home of the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. 

The star-studded gala show will feature a limited in-person audience of nominees and their guests after last year’s event was a hybrid virtual affair.

There will also be a red carpet for the attendees.   

Honoured: Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You will compete in the best limited series field 

The executive producers of last year’s show, Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart, and director Hamish Hamilton are all set to return with Done + Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment producing. 

On Monday Cedric – real name Cedric Antonio Kyles – recorded a video of himself receiving the news that he would be host.

He received an envelope like the one used at the show to announce the winners which read: ‘The Emmy’s host is Cedric The Entertainer.’ Cedric excitedly yelled the news before excitedly running off to tell his wife the happy news in the video posted by the CBS Twitter account.

He said in a statement: ‘Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards.

Stars react to Primetime Emmy nominations

Kaley Cuoco was overwhelmed with emotion when she learned about her first ever Emmy nomination on Tuesday morning.

The Big Bang Theory star, 35, revealed her reaction in a candid Instagram video shortly after the nominations were announced, throwing her hands up, clapping and laughing.

‘First timer over here,’ she shared in the caption, where she also thanked the Television Academy ‘for a moment I will never forget.’

Newbie: Kaley Cuoco earned her first ever Emmy nomination on Tuesday morning, sharing her candid reaction on Instagram

Though she starred on the hit Big Bang Theory for 12 season, the TV vet never earned an individual nom.

She’ll compete against Hacks’ Jean Smart, Shrill’s Aidy Bryant, Mom’s Allison Janney and Black-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross at the September ceremony.

Though Kaley’s own honor was a thrill, she was beside herself upon learning the HBO Max show was nominated for top honors like Outstanding Comedy Series.

Cuoco sank to the ground and covered her face with her hands before squealing ‘Oh my god!’

‘9 nods for team. Thank you thank you to my entire flight crew!!!! Surreal,’ she went on.

Overwhelmed: The Big Bang Theory actress sunk to the ground and squealed with joy upon learning about her Best Actress nom for The Flight Attendant

Wow: ‘First timer over here,’ she shared in the caption, where she also thanked the Television Academy ‘for a moment I will never forget’

Honored: ‘9 nods for team. Thank you thank you to my entire flight crew!!!! Surreal,’ she went on in her Instagram caption

Courteney Cox gushed about the Friends reunion special earning a nod, posting a group shot of the gang along with producer Ben Winston. 

The Weeknd celebrated his nomination for the 2020 Super Bowl performance in a simple tweet.

Learning he along with Bruce Springsteen, Prince & Bruno Mars are the only male singers to earn Emmy nominations for the halftime show.

‘Great company,’ he added, while retweeting the factoid.

Reunion magic! Courteney Cox gushed about the Friends reunion special earning a nod, posting a group shot of the gang along with producer Ben Winston

Giving the scene one of the show’s signature titles, she captioned the shot saying: ‘The one where we are incredibly grateful to the Academy for this honor and especially thankful for @mrbenwinston and his entire team for their outstanding achievement.’

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown also reacted to his nomination for Lead Actor In A Drama series on Instagram, sharing a heartfelt video message online Tuesday.

‘Thank you @televisionacad for this incredible honor! Congrats to @nbcthisis,’ he wrote under the video, where he was joined by his sons. 

Grateful: This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown also reacted to his nomination for Lead Actor In A Drama series on Instagram, sharing a heartfelt video message online Tuesday

‘Got nominated for 2 Emmys y’all!!!! #ToGodBeTheGlory.’

Sterling also gave shout out to the West Wing reunion, where he played Chief-Of-Staff Leo McGarry (originally played by the late actor John Spencer) and CNN’s Lincoln: Divided We Stand, which landed him an outstanding narration nod.

‘Big up to #WestWing reunion special, & Lincoln: Divided We Stand!’ he went on. ‘Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your families!’

‘Throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before.’

Cedric goes on to talk about how television has helped us grow as a society. He continued: ‘It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people. I can’t wait to take the stage to celebrate all of the great shows and performances that made us laugh, cry, dance and sing over the past year.’ 

Last year’s nominations included a record number of 35 Black nominees among the 102 up for lead, supporting and guest performances in drama, comedy and limited series or TV movie.

With a statistic of 34% of nominees being Black, the numbers were an improvement on the 2018 record of just under 28% of Black actors. 

The ceremony will take place on September 10 following last year’s event which was held virtually in line with coronavirus safety and guidelines.

‘Special delivery’: Cedric – real name Cedric Antonio Kyles – recorded a fun video of himself receiving the news. He received an envelope like the one used at the show to announce the winners which read: ‘The Emmy’s host is Cedric The Entertainer’

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