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2021 Emmy Award Nominee Reactions

The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday leaving behind some very happy nominees. As part of Awards Radar’s season long Emmy coverage, here are some of the reactions from the lucky few. Expect many more interviews, reviews, ‘Previously On…’ columns, updated predictions and original articles as we prepare you for what looks to be an exciting Emmy season.

Congratulations to all the nominees! We would also like to thank all of those who did not get nominated for an outstanding year of television that truly helped the world get through a very difficult period. You gave us laughs, made us cry and certainly entertained.


What a fantastic surprise and honor to be nominated by the Academy. It is a privilege to do such work, and we are all so proud of Bridgerton. In these tough days it is wonderful to know we have bought pleasure to people, and entertained them when the world is so upside down. Thank you to Shondaland and Netflix for their support in our work.”

– Will Hughes-Jones (Production Designer) Bridgerton

“I’m so appreciative to the Television Academy, and humbled by these two nominations. It has been such an honor to be part of Bridgerton and to see the global impact it has received. Thank you to Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes, Alex Patsavas, and everyone at Shondaland and Netflix for having me.”

– Kris Bowers (Composer) – Bridgerton

“In creating and running ‘Bridgerton,’ I always hoped audiences would be able to find the joy it was meant to provide,” said Chris Van Dusen, creator/executive producer/showrunner of ‘Bridgerton.’ “I’m beyond humbled by this recognition from the Television Academy.  Not even Lady Whistledown herself would have the words to describe how proud I am of this astonishingly brilliant cast and crew, as well as how fortunate I feel to have worked alongside Shondaland and Netflix in bringing the show to life.”

– Chris Van Dusen (Creator, Executive Producer, Showrunner) – Bridgerton

“I am so very appreciative and grateful to the Television Academy to be honored with my first Music Supervision nomination  for “Bridgerton”. This honor is extra EXTRA special as I have had the privilege to work with my incredibly talented Shondaland family on multiple series for nearly two decades. A zillion heartfelt thank yous to Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers for the opportunity to be part of such a special project.”

– Alexandra Patsavas (Music Supervisor), Bridgerton

“I’m so proud of my team at KVH casting and the whole gang at Bridgerton. Casting is such a complex and collaborative occupation. I am thrilled with the nomination. I share this award with my associate Cole Edwards and of course the cast and creative of Bridgerton.  We guide and inspire each other everyday and I am honoured to be part of team.”

– Kelly Valentine Hendry (Casting Director), Bridgerton

“I can’t believe I’m in the company of so many beautifully photographed series this year. I would just say how grateful I am to Shondaland, creator Chris Van Dusen and directors Julie Anne Robinson and Tom Verica, as well as my incredible British collaborators & crew. So much politeness, so much talent, they’ve all been very kind & supportive to me on my first UK production!”

– Jeffrey Jur, ASC (Cinematographer), Bridgerton

“Bridgerton’s uniqueness came with the challenge of creating a vibrant, luscious, romantic and heightened world that would immerse a modern audience in a Regency period. We are ecstatic our peers have included us in this group of extraordinary nominees.”

– Ellen Mirojnick (Costume Designer), Bridgerton

Thank you to the Television Academy.

We are all pinching ourselves that after four series, The Crown is still being embraced and enjoyed in this way. Behind the scenes, this show has an immense, dedicated, and incredibly hardworking crew of world-class talent. So, these nominations are gratefully received in recognition of all their outstanding work which continues to inspire me every day.”

– Peter Morgan, Creator and Writer, THE CROWN

“Thank you dear Emmys voters for this compliment!  I had the time of my life playing Princess Margaret and now you reward the fun with this!

The words “Pig in Shit” come to mind. I share it with the many skilled and brilliant people who helped me put her together -the crew , Jess Hobbs, Peter Morgan and the wig and Netflix.”

– Helena Bonham Carter, THE CROWN

“This is amazing! Thank you to the Academy for this tremendous send-off. It has been such an honor to be a part of this beautiful family for the past three years, and to share this recognition today with Emma, Olivia, Gillian, Helena, Emerald, Tobias, Peter Morgan, and the entire cast and crew of The Crown just means the world.”

– Josh O’Connor, THE CROWN

“It Is Absolutely Essential That I See The Queen!” Huge congratulations to my wonderful co-star and mentor Olivia Colman. It’s an unbelievable honour to be nominated in this category alongside you and such other wonderfully talented actors. This nomination only exists because of Josh and all my family on The Crown. Every part of my involvement in telling this story has felt like a dream I don’t want to wake up from – I’m so happy and so honoured by the recognition. Thank you!”

– Emma Corrin – THE CROWN

“Her Majesty the Queen of Netflix & I are really thrilled to receive a nomination for The Crown original score!! It is a great honour to be part of this amazing show, and work alongside such   creative people.”

– Martin Phipps (Composer) – THE CROWN

“I am over the moon to be nominated for my music supervision work on The Crown. It is such a incredible production to be a part of and an absolute pleasure to collaborate with a wonderful and hugely talented team. This season provided an opportunity for us to experiment with a lot more commercial music as we step into the ’80s and the younger generation of the Royal Family begin to take centre stage. It was a lot of fun soundtracking this season!

I feel very honoured by the recognition of my work on the show through this nomination.”

– Sarah Bridge (Music Supervisor) – THE CROWN

“Thanks to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the Emmy nomination, and congratulations to all my fellow nominees, nice one!”

– Tobias Menizes – The Crown

“I am extremely humbled and honoured to be nominated for an Emmy for The Crown: Fairytale.

It was an extraordinary experience given that Diana is such an important historical figure.  Having lived through that history myself, it felt particularly pertinent to be delicate yet truthful.

Creating the scene where a young and lonely Diana practises ballet before bursting into an impromptu dance to the sound of Elton John was a truly magical experience.  It was an alchemy of sorts and I knew we had something special in the cutting room.

Finally, I’d like to thank my peers that have voted for ‘Fairytale’ and share a huge appreciation to Drama Editors that have continued to tell fantastic and often difficult stories throughout this precarious time we’re living in.”

– Yan Miles, ACE (Editor) – The Crown

“I am in complete shock but feel incredibly humbled and am so grateful for this nomination! I’m tremendously thankful that the show and my amazing cast members were recognized for our work and Misha Green’s fearless storytelling. I feel like I’m living my ancestors’ wildest dreams. It’s such an honor.


“It was such a privilege to come to know Aunt Lydia this season as she continues to evolve. I’m deeply honored and grateful to be nominated in the company of my beautiful colleagues. Thank you.”


I’m honored to be nominated for a show of this caliber. My great thanks to the Academy for such a nomination and enormous thanks to all who worked on Perry Mason for getting me here.

– Matthew Rhys (Producer & lead actor) – PERRY MASON

“I am honored and humbled to have my work once again be recognized by the academy. I stand at the intersection of art and activism, and I am forever grateful for the healing journey that Pose has been for myself, my colleagues and the world!”
Billy Porter – POSE

Thank you to the Television Academy – what lovely company to be in. We can’t wait to take selfies with everyone. And congrats to the entire This Is Us family. You made one of my favorite seasons during an impossible time and I’m crazy about all of you.” 

Dan FogelmanCreator/Executive ProducerThis Is Us

“It is an incredible honor to be nominated for best special visual effects in a single episode by the Television Academy. Season 02 of The Umbrella Academy was incredibly challenging to finish during a pandemic. Keeping the entire team safe and healthy was our priority at the same time delivering an amazing looking season. A big shout out to our showrunner Steve Blackman, Universal Content Productions and Netflix for their continued support.”

– Everett Burrell – Senior Visual Effects Supervisor – The Umbrella Academy


“Like The Karate Kid before it, Cobra Kai has always been a true underdog story. From our humble YouTube beginnings to our badass Netflix arrival, we have enjoyed being the senseis for this special series. Being nominated for Best Comedy Series is a tremendous moment for the show that is a testament to the sweat equity put in daily by the absolute best cast and crew around. Thank you to Sony and Netflix for supporting our storytelling and giving us the freedom to grow the Miyagiverse. We are thrilled and thankful…. and we think we know karate, so everyone else in the category better watch out!” 

– Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Showrunners – COBRA KAI

“We are so thrilled to be recognized by The Television Academy for EMILY IN PARIS and to be included with such fantastic company. Making this show with Netflix, MTV Entertainment Studios, and our extraordinary French crew has been a true joy and on behalf of every person who has worked so hard on this show, we want to thank the Emmy voters for this amazing recognition.”

– Darren Star, Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer – EMILY IN PARIS

“We are so thrilled for all the love for The Flight Attendant. Kaley Cuoco is a dream partner, as kind as she is talented, and we couldn’t be more excited for her and all the other brilliant people whose hard work is being recognized, from Steve Yockey, Susanna Fogel and Rosie Perez to Sara K. White, John Papsidera, Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia, Blake Neely, and Heather Persons.”

Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, executive producers – The Flight Attendant

“I could never have dreamed of a moment like this… so surreal! I am so proud of the entire TFA cast and crew for each and every one of these Emmy nods. It is a massive team effort bringing a show like this to life and I’m so grateful to each person involved. Thank you to the Television Academy for this recognition. My heart is exploding!” 

Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant

“I am so overwhelmed with joy and deep appreciation for this recognition! This is my very first Emmy nomination for my work as an actress. I am still screaming with happy tears and disbelief! I am honored to be part of an incredible group of fantastic fellow female nominees! My heart is full of gratitude to the entire Flight Attendant team, especially Kaley Cuoco, Steve Yockey, Meredith Lavender, Marcie Ulin, Susanna Fogel and the HBO Max family for the opportunity to bring “Megan” to life. As a Latina actress in this industry for over 30-plus years, I have been very blessed but let’s be honest, a role like this doesn’t come that often, no matter how long or how well you’ve done in this industry. But I kept the faith. This was truly an actor’s dream job, to have so much fun on a daily basis and so much freedom and trust to soar. I’m so happy I said yes to Ms. Kaley Cuoco to play this wonderfully flawed and lovable character. My congratulations to her on her Best Actress nomination!! Go Kaley #Badasswoman, and to all the other nominations that our fabulous show received!! Nine in total! Woo hoo! Thank you. Thank you. And thank you. xoxo Rose Perez” 

Rosie Perez, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – The Flight Attendant

“Wow. It’s still surreal to me that our odd, dark, frenetic show has been so well received. We’re incredibly proud of it and this recognition is really the icing on the cake for everyone involved in bringing The Flight Attendant to life. It’s just— it’s an exciting morning.”

Steve Yockeyco-showrunner and executive producer  – THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

“We are so incredibly grateful to the members of the Television Academy for honoring Hacks with 15 nominations this morning. We could not be more proud that our amazing cast and crew are being recognized for their brilliance and hard work — they poured their hearts and souls into this show, during an incredibly difficult time, and we are forever indebted to them. We also share these nominations with our partners at HBO Max and Universal Television, who have given us endless support and encouragement. We’re so excited to celebrate with everyone in person and kiss so many of them on the mouth. Is the CDC allowing us to do that yet? Please don’t contact HR.”

Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, series creators, showrunners, and executive producers HACKS  

“I am absolutely thrilled and so over the moon proud of both shows. They were incredible collaborations. Both characters are survivors in their way, but one has given in to the realities of life and the other is still fighting for everything life still (she feels) owes her.”

Jean Smart, on both Hacks (Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) and Mare of Easttown (Supporting Actress in a Limited Series)

“I am so very grateful for this recognition! This was not expected, and was a great way to start a Tuesday! I am especially grateful to Jen, Lucia, and Paul for creating such a beautiful and brilliant story. And am so excited for Jean, Hannah, and every other nominee with ‘Hacks!'”

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – HACKS  

“We got some good news today for The Kominsky Method – 6 nominations. What a joy to finish off three seasons with these well-deserved nominations. A wonderful job by everyone. Thank you all for a great experience.”

– Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

“Thank you to the members of the TV Academy for the six nominations! The past three seasons of The Kominsky Method have been an experience of a lifetime and it’s a great honor to finish out on such a high note. I want to congratulate Michael Douglas, Paul Reiser and Morgan Freeman for their well-deserved acting nominations. Thank you to Netflix, Warner Bros. and everyone on the show that worked so hard to make The Kominsky Method. Congrats to Yuri Reese, Sean Madsen and Brian Wittle for their Sound Mixing nomination and Nikki Valko, Ken Miller and Tara Treacy for their Casting nomination.”

– Chuck Lorre, The Kominsky Method

“Oh my goodness I am absolutely speechless! Thank you so much for this overwhelming recognition of our show that has meant so much to me. Ted Lasso truly is a family and I could not be more grateful to be a part of it.”

Juno Temple – TED LASSO

“I can’t quite believe this is happening. I don’t know what feels greater, to be recognized for my own work or all the joy I feel for my magnificent Ted Lasso family to be nominated themselves. We are a real family and to share this with them is everything. Thank you to the Television Academy. Rebecca runs through my bloodstream. She is so precious to me, and this is just the icing on the cake.”

Hannah Waddingham – TED LASSO

“Holy f***ing s***. What an incredible honor. Proper dream come true s***. Every part of this show has felt like magic to me. To have the privilege to work on it, to get to make something with this incredible team and now for us to be nominated as a team is just too lovely. Extra special thanks to Jason and Bill for inviting me to be part of this. What a thing…

“As a cynical English guy I’m struggling to deal with all this wonderfulness. I’m not crying, you’re crying. F*** off! You’re crying. You ****.”

Brett GoldsteinTED LASSO

“We are both chuffed to bits to be recognised for our work on Ted Lasso. It is a wonderful show to be involved in. The main theme was the first thing we wrote and it was a statement of intent. It helped us work out the sound for the show and focus on organic sounds with a transatlantic quality. It is the DNA that holds the whole score together. We are truly grateful for this nomination and would like to thank Apple TV+, Warner Bros, Bill Lawrence and especially Jason Sudeikis for his unwavering vision and faith in us. Believe.”
Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe – Composers – TED LASSO

“It is a joy and honor to be recognized by our peers with an Emmy nomination. Like soccer, picture editing is a team sport and we are beyond thrilled that our entire team in Post Production, sound editing, mixing and music were also nominated. We have enjoyed an amazing ride in the cutting rooms and are grateful to be included on Team Lasso by Jason Sudekis and Bill Lawrence. It is a pleasure to collaborate with them so closely in crafting the stellar performance of this ensemble cast, and all of Team Richmond coming together like true Diamond Dogs.”
Melissa McCoy and AJ Catoline – Editors – TED LASSO

“Wow!  To be considered by our peers as being worthy of an Emmy nomination is humbling.  So much quality sound work is being created by so many talented people out there.  We are honored and appreciative that the heart and soul we pour into the Ted Lasso soundtrack is recognized.  Thank you to Bill, Jason, the Ted Lasso Family and our friends at Apple TV+!”

(Brent Findley, MPSE, Sound Supervisor, Bernard Weiser, MPSE, Dialogue Editor, Kip Smedley, Sound Effects Editor, Richard David Brown, Music Editor. Sharyn Gersh, Music Editor, Sanaa Kelley, MPSE, Foley Artist, Matt Salib, Foley Artist) – TED LASSO


“I’m so overwhelmed by this, especially given what it’s for. To be nominated amongst not only peers, but friends, is a dream come true. More than anything, it feels like a true celebration of the legacy of Aretha Franklin. I thank the Television Academy for honoring the Queen of Soul.”
– Cynthia Erivo – Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or MovieGeniusAretha

“I can’t stop saying WOW. I’m so excited to be nominated for an EMMY with all of these amazing actresses. And to be recognized in this category with my sister, Phillipa Soo, has me crying tears of joy! For me, Hamilton is truly a gift that keeps on giving! Thank you, Television Academy, for providing this opportunity to celebrate our work together again. I am so grateful for this tremendous honor!”
Renee Elise Goldsberry – HAMILTON

“I’m very thankful to the Television Academy for this acknowledgment! Reverberations from Lin-Manuel’s masterpiece continue to surprise and delight those of us that were lucky enough to be in the original company. So grateful for the support the film has received from audiences and the team at Disney+. What a morning!”
Leslie Odom, Jr.HAMILTON

“I am beyond honored to be recognized by the Academy for my work in Mare of Easttown. Working alongside Kate Winslet everyday was a dream job and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see the outpour of love for Zabel. I am grateful to Craig, Brad and HBO for the opportunity, and thrilled to share this recognition with them, Kate, Jean, Julianne and the entire cast and crew. I also want to congratulate my WandaVision team on their many nominations!”


Thank you to the Television Academy for this incredible recognition. Oslo is an important call to dialogue amid profound discord and violence, and it’s been an absolute privilege and labor of love working with this talented cast and crew. Everyone on this film, from Prague to London to the Middle East, devoted so much of themselves on the journey of this extraordinary experience. Our sincere gratitude to our collaborators at HBO as well as our tireless producers, led by Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Jared LeBoff, and Cambra Overend.The recognition of this nomination for a message of peace is a remarkable gesture from the Academy and its members and we are deeply moved and humbled by it.

– Bartlett Sher (Director & Executive Producer) & JT Rogers (Writer & Executive Producer) – OSLO

“So grateful for the insane amount of nominations The Queen’s Gambit has garnered, and thrilled to be included among them. My thanks to the Television Academy, my peers in the music branch for their recognition, and my deepest thanks to the great Scott Frank, for inviting me along to help tell Beth Harmon’s story through music.

I am celebrating today in Miami with my wife and kids, and am so so grateful for their unwavering support over the two years it took to score The Queen’s Gambit.”

– Carlos Rafael Rivera, The Queen’s Gambit

“On behalf of the Casting Team, we could not be more thrilled and honored to be recognized by the Television Academy for The Queen’s Gambit. We are so proud of our actors nominated as well, Anya, Moses and Thomas!”

– Ellen Lewis (Casting Director), The Queen’s Gambit

“Wow….this incredible journey continues! I can’t thank Scott Frank enough for inviting me on this trip….. and it’s amazing that we can share this happiness with all departments from THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT family. Big hug to every single one from my adorable costume department.”

– Gabriele Binder (Costume Designer), The Queen’s Gambit

“I’m absolutely blown away to receive an Emmy nomination. I enjoyed every minute of filming Ratched and I got to work with some of the most generous and exciting actors around. Enormous thanks and gratitude to everyone who made this nomination possible.”

– Sophie Okonedo, Ratched

“What a prolific year in television, such incredible visual content!  We are honored to be nominated in this category with such astounding talent and creativity. We thank Ryan Murphy for continuing to provide the visually driven stories.  And grateful to our team of talent for their creative contribution & endless drive.”

– Rebecca Guzzi & Lou Eyrich (Costume Designers), Ratched

“I’m extremely grateful and honoured, but I should point out that I was basically carried all the way by my fellow actors – especially Nicole.“
Hugh Grant – The Undoing


“Our journey with Boys State has been one of continuous surprise. This latest turn of events is as thrilling as Steven Garza’s underdog campaign for governor, and we’re gratified to see the work of our incredible production team and the courage of our film subjects recognized by the Television Academy. These nominations are also, in large part, a reflection of the tremendous faith and hard work of our friends and partners at Concordia Studio and Apple TV+.”

Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine – Boys State

Writing the score for David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, Sir David Attenborough’s witness statement sharing his experiences of the changing natural world and his hopes for the future, was a huge honour for me. I’m incredibly grateful to be nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a documentary, and hope this recognition, shared with the brilliant filmmakers, can help the film’s crucial message continue to spread. Thank you to the Television Academy!”

– Steven Price (Composer), David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

“We are so thrilled to receive these nominations for CITY SO REAL from the Television Academy.  This docuseries was an incredibly rewarding adventure for us, and we had the best possible subjects in the citizens of Chicago, a city we dearly love.  My producing partner Zak Piper and I give heartfelt thanks to our stellar team, including Kartemquin, Participant, and National Geographic.  And I want to give a special shout out to my son, Jackson, with whom I proudly share nomination for cinematography.  I know talent when I see it!” 

-Steve James – Outstanding Doc or Nonfic Series & Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfic Program – CITY SO REAL


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Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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