Jason Sudeikis Wins Best Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 2021 Emmy Awards

Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis has taken home the 2021 Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy, for his role in Ted Lasso.

The category consisted of five contenders, Anthony Anderson for Black-ishMichael Douglas for The Kominsky Method, William H. Macy for Shameless, Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso and Kenan Thompson for Kenan. 

Of the shows, these actors headline, Black-ish, The Kominsky Method and Ted Lasso were nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.

In Black-ish, Anthony Anderson plays Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson who, along with his family, is navigating life while trying to find their cultural identity in a predominantly white neighbourhood.

Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin star in this funny, yet subversive show, which explores themes of racism, identity, class, relationships and privilege through a comedic lens.

As the title character in Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis plays an American football coach who gets a job as the coach for a flailing UK soccer team which is being run by new owner Rebecca Welton (fellow winner Hannah Waddingham), who is determined to destroy the club to get revenge on her cheating ex-husband.

Although his cheery American persona goes down like a lead balloon at first, Ted slowly starts to win over all of his new English friends with charm, kindness and lots of homemade biscuits.

Ted Lasso earned 20 nominations at the 2021 ceremony,  becoming the most nominated comedy series this year, and the most nominated freshman comedy series in history.

In The Kominsky Method, Michael Douglas plays an actor who made it big a long time ago and who now is an acting coach at his studio named after himself, “The Kominsky Method.”

The legendary Alan Arkin co-stars as Norman Newlander, Sandy’s agent and friend who is struggling to make sense of his life after the death of his wife.

Together, they navigate the highs and lows of life, love, career and ageing with hilarious and heartwarming results.

William H. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher in Shameless —  a single, alcoholic, and trashy father of six children in Chicago, Illinois whose antics leave his eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum)with no choice but to step in and raise her five siblings.

And Kenan stars Saturday Night Live long-timer Kenan Thompson as Kenan Williams, the widowed father of Aubrey (Dani Lane) and Birdie (Dannah Lane) who hosts a morning show in Atlanta, Georgia. The show follows Williams’ attempts to move on from his previous life.

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