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2021 Emmy Award Nominations Revealed

*Editor’s Note: I just wanted to quickly praise the Awards Radar TV team for their work during this first part of Emmy season. I’ve always been more of a film person than a television person, so having team members with a passion for a small screen has truly been a blessing. Plus, this crop of nominees this year is truly an interesting one, so read on below!*

The past year has been an incredibly strong year for television, surely making it hard for the Emmys committee to choose from the best of the best. But alas, this morning at 11:30 AM EST, the 2021 Emmy Award nominations were revealed.

Father-Daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting) presented the list of nominees this morning, alongside Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe show WandaVision are in for a treat, seeing as how the show nabbed a total of three nominations today, including one for Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or Movie, as well as the show itself, which was nominated in the Best Limited Anthology Series or Movie category.

Similarly speaking, Disney’s The Mandalorian earned itself one nomination for Best Drama Series.

Among the various different distributors and streamers, Netflix took home the most nominations with seven, which isn’t too surprising considering how they are constantly putting out new original content on their streaming platform.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

Conan (TBS)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (ViacomCBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding Competition Program:

The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Passion)
Top Chef (NBC)
The Voice (NBC)

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 Komisky Method
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson – Kenan

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Flight Attendant (Warner Bros.)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Pen15 (Hulu)
Ted Lasso (Warner Bros, NBC, Apple)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Anthology Series or Movie

Paul Bettany – WandaVision
Hugh Grant – The Undoing
Ewan McGregor – Halston
Lin Manuel-Miranda – Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr. – Hamilton

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or Movie

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 Limited or Anthology Series

I May Destroy You (BBC One, HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
WandaVision (Disney+)

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
Rege-Jean Page – Bridgerton
Billy Porter – Pose
Matthew Rhys – Perry Mason

Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (Warner Bros.)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Pose (20th Television)
This is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie

Uncle Frank
Sylvie’s Love
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso
Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method
Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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