Emmys 2021: ‘The Crown’, ‘The Mandalorian’ Main Nominations

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For over a year now, television has been a welcome distraction for those stuck at home during the pandemic. On Tuesday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences rewarded those shows — along with their creators and stars — that entertained the masses.

HBO and HBO Max together led the pack with 130 nominations, followed by Netflix’s 129 and newcomer Disney+, which had 71.

Netflix’s “The Crown” and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” combined for the most nominations with 24, one more than Marvel’s “WandaVision”, another Disney+ series.

Newcomers to the drama excellence category include Netflix’s “Bridgerton”, HBO Max’s “Lovecraft Country” and Amazon’s “The Boys”. These series have been nominated alongside FX’s “Pose”, Netflix’s “The Crown”, Disney+’s “The Mandalorian”, NBC’s “This Is Us” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

No less than 75% of the nominees for outstanding comedy series are new to the category, according to the academy. These shows include ‘Cobra Kai’, ‘Emily in Paris’, ‘Hacks’, ‘Pen15’, ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘The Flight Attendant’.

In addition, there were 44 nominations for the first time as an artist in the categories lead, support, guest and short form.

“Television this year has provided a lifeline for so many around the world and a constant source of entertainment, information and inspiration during some of our most difficult days,” said Frank Scherma, the academy’s president and CEO.

“We are excited to honor the diversity of storytelling in television today by recognizing talented artists, programs, producers, directors and artisans in our industry and celebrating their dedication to this extraordinary medium.”

Father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Blindspotting”) announced the nominees on Tuesday.

Last year’s ceremony was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, making it difficult for the nominees to get together. Jimmy Kimmel and the team at ABC were forced to be creative when announcing winners and handing out prizes.

This year, CBS will air the program, with Cedric the Entertainer emceeing the Microsoft Theater live show on September 19. The limited audience includes all nominees and their personal guests.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will feature 26 categories, including acting and writing and awards for comedies, dramas and talk shows. Shows are eligible for this year’s ceremony if released between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which recognize technical achievement, are not included in the program. These awards include cinematographers, casting directors and sound editors. That event will be broadcast on September 18.

Here’s the full list of the top Emmy nominees for the primetime ceremony:


Lead Actress, Comedy
Aidy Bryant, “Sharp”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Blackish”
Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Blackish”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”
Aidy Bryant, “SNL”
Kate McKinnon, “SNL”
Cecily Strong, “SNL”
Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”
Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant”

Supporting Role, Comedy
Carl Clemons Hopkins, “Hacks”
Kenan Thompson, “SNL”
Bowen Yang, “SNL”
Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso”
Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso”
Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso”
Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”

Guest Actress, Comedy
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, “SNL”
Kristen Wiig, “SNL”

Guest Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “SNL”
Dave Chappelle, “SNL”
Morgan Freeman, “The Kominsky Method”
Daniel Kaluuya, “SNL”
Daniel Levy, “SNL”

Comedy series
“Blackish” (ABC)
“Cobra Kai” (Netflix)
“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
“Hacking” (HBO Max)
“The Stewardess” (HBO Max)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“Pen15” (Top)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Limited Series, Movie, or Anthology

Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie, or Anthology
Michaela Coel, “I Can Destroy You”
Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”
Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”
Anya Taylor Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Kate Winslet, “Easttown Mare”

Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie, or Anthology
Paul Bettany, “Wanda Vision”
Hugh Grant, “Undo It”
Ewan McGregor, “Halston”
Lin Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Leslie Odom, Jr., “Hamilton”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”
Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Jean Smart, “mare of Easttown”
Julianne Nicholson, “Easttown Mare”
Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Kathryn Hahn, “Wanda Vision”

Supporting role, limited series, film or anthology
Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”
Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”
Paapa Essiedu, “I Can Destroy You”
Evan Peters, “Easttown Mare”
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Limited Series
“I Can Destroy You” (HBO)
“Easttown mare” (HBO)
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime)
“Wanda Vision” (Disney +)

Film made for television
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square” (Netflix)
“Oslo” (HBO)
“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (Lifetime)
“Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Prime)
“Uncle Frank” (Amazon Prime)


Lead Actress, Drama
Uzo Aduba, “pending”
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, “Posing”
Matthew RhysPerry Mason

Supporting Actress, Drama
Aunjanue Ellis, “Love Crafts”
Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”
Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Supporting Role, Drama
Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”
John Lithgow, “Perry Mason”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
OT Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”
Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us”

Guest Actress, Drama
Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Mckenna Grace, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sophie Okonedo, “Cackled”
Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”

Guest Actor, Drama
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”

Drama series
“The Boys” (Amazon)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)
“Posing” (FX)
“This Is Us” (NBC)

Variety and Competition

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 Great Race” (CBS)
“Success!” (Netflix)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Reality show host
Nicole Byer, “Nailed!”
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank”
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, “Top Chef”

Unstructured reality program
“Become” (Disney+)
“Below Deck” (Bravo)
“Indian Matchmaking” (Netflix)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked” (VH1)
“Selling Sunset” (Netflix)

Variety Sketch Series
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.


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