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'The Mandalorian', 'The Crown' and 'WandaVision' Lead the 2021 Emmy Nominations

'The Handmaid’s Tale', 'Ted Lasso', 'Lovecraft Country', 'The Queen's Gambit' and 'Mare of Easttown' also picked up a swag of nods.
By Sarah Ward
July 14, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
July 14, 2021
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In cinemas, viewers repeatedly flock to Marvel and Star Wars movies. We've had more than a decade of the former and more than four decades of the latter to prove that fact. But now that both franchises have expanded to the small screen as well, they've been making an impact there, too — and they've now got a swag of 2021 Emmy nominations to prove it.

Both The Mandalorian and WandaVision have picked up plenty of nods for this year's awards, with nominations just announced in the early hours of Wednesday, July 14 Australian time. The adventures of Baby Yoda and his titular companion nabbed 24 noms, while Marvel's first Disney+ series landed 23. Among the heavy hitters, The Crown also picked up 24 nominations, while The Handmaid's Tale nabbed 21 nods, Ted Lasso earned 20, Lovecraft Country and The Queen's Gambit scored 18 a piece, and Mare of Easttown collected 16.

They're the big contenders that'll be vying for shiny trophies in just over two months time — on Monday, September 21 Down Under — and their nominations are filled with highlights. Pretty much every main actor involved with the heartwarming Jason Sudeikis-led Ted Lasso scored a nod, for example, with seven cast members nominated. Just a week after Lovecraft Country was cancelled by HBO, its noms stand out as well, especially its acting nominations for Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Michael K Williams and Aunjanue Ellis.

Plenty of the other shows that everyone has been watching over the past year nabbed some attention, too. The immensely dissimilar The Boys and Bridgerton have been nominated for Best Drama — with the latter's Regé-Jean Page also getting a Lead Actor in a Drama nomination. In the comedy field, The Flight Attendant, PEN15 and Emily in Paris are all represented, some more deservingly than others. And, over in the Limited Series categories — which is where WandaVision, The Queen's Gambit and Mare of Easttown all sit — Michaela Coel's phenomenal I May Destroy You rightly got some love after being completely overlooked by the Golden Globes earlier this year. It picked up nine noms, in fact.

Also doing big things: Hamilton. That shouldn't come as a surprise anywhere anymore; however, the exceptional filmed version of the smash-hit musical nabbed 12 nods, including for most of its cast members — Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr, Daveed Diggs and Jonathan Groff among them.

And if you're noticing a big trend towards streaming shows this year, the fact that plenty of the Emmys' usual favourites didn't air over the past 12 months due to the pandemic — shows like Succession and Westworld, for instance — obviously played a part. There were still some noticeable omissions, though, including the lack of love for Girls5eva and for the Ethan Hawke-starring The Good Lord Bird. Also, while Hugh Grant picked up a nod for his work on The Undoing, Nicole Kidman didn't for hers. Being an Australian publication, we have to mention that.

The 73rd Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 20, Australian time. Here's a rundown of the major nominations — and you can check out the full list of nominees on the Emmys' website:

EMMY NOMINEES 2021

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE

  • Uncle Frank
  • Sylvie's Love
  • Oslo
  • Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
  • Dolly Parton's Christmas on The Square

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country
  • Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
  • Josh O'Connor, The Crown

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Emma Corrin, The Crown
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country
  • Mj Rodriguez, Pose

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • William H Macy, Shameless
  • Kenan Thompson, Kenan

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Aidy Bryant, Shrill
  • Jean Smart, Hacks
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION 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 SERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE

  • Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
  • Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit
  • Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
  • Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country
  • Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Max Minghella, The Handmaid's Tale
  • O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid's Tale
  • John Lithgow, Perry Mason
  • Tobias Menzies, The Crown
  • Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
  • Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Gillian Anderson, The Crown
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Emerald Fennell, The Crown
  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country

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 ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION 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

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TELEVISION 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

Published on July 14, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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