Disney Sweeps the 2021 Emmy Award Nominations, With 146 Chances to Win

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The Emmy nominations are officially in for 2021 with Disney charging the lead with a staggering 146 nods.

Streaming giant Netflix, which is known for splashing out huge sums of money to acquire and create content, earned a total of 129 nominations, while WarnerMedia — which owns HBO and HBO Max — garnered 138 total nominations thanks to the two platforms.

The pandemic affected the ability of several series to be considered eligible for Emmy nominations, as production was slowed or stopped entirely on show’s such as Successionwhich will finally debut its third season later in 2021. The gritty family drama tied third with Netflix’s Ozark for wins at the 2020 ceremony, winning 7 Emmys out of 17 nominations.

Leading the pack is Netflix’s The Crown and Disney+’s The Mandalorian with 24 nominations each, followed by Marvel and Disney+ hit WandaVision with 23.

Dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale scored 21 noms, while the long-running sketch series Saturday Night Live took home 21.

Meanwhile, the sweetest show to come out of 2020 Apple TV’s Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis, earned 20. The heartwarming series broke records by becoming the most nominated comedy series this year, and the most nominated freshman comedy series in history.

Happily, in the acting categories, artists of colour made up almost half of the total nominations across the categories. Mj Rodriguez, Rosie Perez, Bowen Yang and Kristen Anderson Lopez were some of the non-white performers who were recognised for their stellar performances.

In a history-making moment, Rodriguez’s nomination for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in Pose represents the first time a trans woman has ever been nominated in the leading actress category. Rodriguez’s co-star Billy Porter, also received a nomination in the lead drama actor category, having previously won the Emmy in 2019.

Courtney Cox was finally recognised for her work on beloved sitcom Friends, scoring a nomination for the Friends: The Reunion special, after never receiving a nom during the show’s original decade-long run. The Friends reunion also was nominated for production design and lighting design/direction for a variety special and outstanding variety special.

Actress Jessica Walter, who passed away in March, was also nominated for a posthumous Emmy Award for her voice-over work in the adult animated comedy series Archer.

The winners of the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on September 19, 2021. Read on for the full list of nominations.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Cobra Kai

Emily in Paris


The Flight Attendant

The Kominsky Method


Ted Lasso

Outstanding 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 Kominsky Method

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Kenan Thompson, Kenan

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live

Daniel Kaluuya, Saturday Night Live

Dan Levy, Saturday Night Live

Morgan Freeman, The Kominsky Method

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Yvette Nicole Brown, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Jane Adams, Hacks

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Bernadette Peters, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys


The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


This Is Us

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 Smollet, Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country

Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

John Lithgow, Perry Mason

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale

Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country

Emerald Fennell, The Crown

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, 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

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft Country

Charles Dance, The Crown

Don Cheadle, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

Timothy Olyphant, The Mandalorian

Carl Weathers, The Mandalorian

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Sophie Okonedo, Ratched

Claire Foy, The Crown

Alexis Bedel, The Handmaid’s Tale

McKenna Grace, The Handmaid’s Tale

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

I May Destroy You

Mare of Easttown

The Queen’s Gambit

The Underground Railroad


Outstanding Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square


Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie’s Love

Uncle Frank

Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Cynthia Erivo, Genius

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Kate Winslet, Mare of East Town

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Or A Movie

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Anthony Ramos, Hamilton

Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

Evan Peters, Mare Of Easttown

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or A Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Philipa Soo, Hamilton

Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown

Jean Smart, Mare Of Easttown

Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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