Before I get into our Emmy day thoughts, I want to make note of what a year it has been. At this time last year Awards Radar had just launched and we were prepping for an ambitious livestream Emmys reaction show. 52 weeks later Awards Radar TV (or ARTV as we call it) has grown by leaps and bounds. The team is larger, the coverage is more much more vast, our professional relationships are stronger and we cannot be prouder. We have conducted a multitude of interviews with the biggest, best and most talented people in the industry – plus reviews, prediction pieces, our new Previously On… column and much more.
Thank you to everyone whom has contributed to our success. The ARTV team Mitchell Beaupre, Paloma Bennett, Niki Cruz, Abe Friedtanzer, Chris James, Bradley Weir – who tackle more work than teams 5 times their size do. The best part, they do so with passion and tenacity. I also want to give a shout out to all the other AR team members who have helped us throughout the year (too many to mention by name): our social media and technical teams, and the multiple writers who provided assists when the incoming opportunities were just too numerous to handle. There’s also the publicists who have kindly helped arrange so many of the incredible interview and event opportunities – without them where would we be?
And, of course, there’s out our leader and number one supporter, Joey Magidson, who has had our backs and provided guidance as ARTV has expanded to provide some of the best television coverage in the industry. And finally, to our readers – thank you for your appreciation, comments, support and loyalty. Cheers!
Now for the 2021 Emmys!
I must admit, this year has been tiring. Not only are there all the amazing series that made the nominations list, there was just an impressive amount of series that unfortunately did not make it to today’s ceremony. We did our best to view them all. Rutherford Falls, Invincible, Girls5Eva, Small Axe, For All Mankind are just a very few of the names that come to mind when we think about the series out there that deserve to be watched. And there are so many more! There is honestly not enough hours in the day to watch it all, but somehow we make it happen.
When if comes to the tonight’s Emmy Awards it was no cake walk either. We put our time in to decide on our picks for some of the toughest categories that we can remember, especially in the Limited Series arena. So much so that the ARTV team has been debating who would win some right up until this weekend – and we still do not completely agree.
Our biggest points of contention are the Limited Series and Lead Actress. There’s the The Queen’s Gambit camp and the Mare of Easttown camp butting heads. Both make great cases for each while also finding paths to victory for several other nominees in their respective categories. But after the Creative Arts Emmys proved that The Academy has not tired of The Queen’s Gambit the call was made to put our pieces in play with the Netflix Series.
In the Drama and Comedy categories we tend to be more aligned with our selections. Still, we did a few last minute ranking swaps putting Billy Porter in for the win as Lead Actor in a Drama and moving Brett Goldstein back to the top spot for Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Otherwise, we expect a big night for Ted Lasso and The Crown.
In the Reality categories we have a last minute move that may be a case of heart over head on my part. We can now announce that we have predicted Conan O’Brien to win for Talk Series. Yep, you read that right. John Oliver is very well deserving, but even he would probably like to see Conan walk away with a statuette. If it does not happen, consider it a lapse of reason. If it does, we knew all along.
Be sure to check out our 18 Emmy Analysis pieces for category by category breakdowns of all the major Emmy races. Also, below you will find links to all of our ranked predictions for each category.
See where yours land and let us know what you think. And on behalf of the ARTV team, thank you again for an amazing Emmys year. Enjoy the show.