Which of Your TV Favourites Has a 2021 Emmy Nomination?

Nominations have been announced for the 2021 Emmys, the American television awards, and as usual there’s a huge range of US and UK TV series nominated in the countless categories.

It’s not widely understood in the Uk that the so-called ‘Emmys’ are in fact a range of awards from number of different organisations. The Emmy is considered one of the four major entertainment awards in the United States, the others being the Grammy (for music), the Oscar (Academy Award) (for film), and the Tony (for theatre). The two Emmy events that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognise outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively.

Three related, but separate, organisations present the Emmy Award: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS). The Emmy is named after the “immy”, an informal term for the image orthicon tube that was common in early television cameras. Though the weight and dimensions of the statuette varies among the Emmy events, the basic design depicts a winged woman holding an atom.

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Other notable Emmy events include those honouring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, and technological and engineering achievements in television, but for obvious reasons they don’t get much coverage outside the US (or indeed inside it).

This year, Ron Cephas Jones, actor best known for his part in This Is Us and his daughter Jasmine, well-know for her part in stage musical Hamilton, announced the nominees for the 2021 Emmy Awards during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, July 13. The two made Emmy history in 2020 by becoming the first father-daughter duo to win performance Emmys in the same year – Ron in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category for his work on This Is Us, and Jasmine in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role on #FREERAYSHAWN.

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Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma said in a press release: “It has been an extraordinary year in which television brought multigenerational families together in a shared love of their favorite programs, so it seems fitting that these two accomplished performers announce this year’s Emmy nominees as we acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional programs and talent that are elevating and redefining television.”

Of course, with the rise of streaming services such as Netflix, viewers all around the world have access to a much wider range of US programming than ever before, so many of the series featured in the nominations will be familiar to UK audiences. There are also plenty of UK exports and actors featured in the nominations.

Three streaming series led the way, with Netflix’s The Crown and the Disney+ Star Wars action drama The Mandalorian each earning 24 nominations. The Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision has 23 nominations, making it the first time that the top three nominated shows were all from streaming platforms.

HBO and its new streaming service HBO Max led the networks, with 130 nominations, and Netflix followed with 129 nominations. Next was Disney+, which picked up 71 nominations in just its second year of existence, while network NBC came in a distant fourth place with 46 nominations.


Contenders in the Best Drama category are mostly from the streaming services. They include the fourth season of The Crown; the second season of the The Mandalorian; a former best drama winner, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale; the first season of Netflix’s Bridgerton (seen top of page); Amazon’s superhero epic The Boys; FX’s Pose; HBO’s recently canceled supernatural horror series Lovecraft Country, and NBC’s family drama This Is Us.

The Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis is nominated for best comedy, as are HBO Max original series The Flight Attendant and Hacks.

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 19th, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, star of CBS comedy series The Neighborhood. The live ceremony will be held in-person at the Microsoft Theater with a limited audience of nominees and their guests.

Here’s a sample of the Emmy categories and nominations.

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2021 Emmys Nominations

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Black-ish
  • Cobra Kai
  • Emily in Paris
  • Hacks
  • The Flight Attendant
  • The Kominsky Method
  • Pen15
  • 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 Drama Series

  • The Boys
  • Bridgerton
  • The Crown
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Pose
  • 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 Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Or Anthology Series or Movie

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

Outstanding 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


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