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Emmys 2021: The Nominations

by Andrew J. Salazar
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This list will be updated LIVE starting at 8:30AM PT/ 11:30AM ET on Tuesday July 13, 2021

The nominations for the 2021 Emmys are finally here! The build up to the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards has been extremely unique, given the plethora of shows that have thrived over the last year where many people across the globe where watching more TV than ever thanks to the pandemic. From breakout comedies like Ted Lasso to extraordinary stunners like The Queen’s Gambit, this past season was jam-packed with fan-favorites. And surprise competitors like WandaVision and Lovecraft Country have only raised the stakes, heating up the competition off the backs of their cultural impact and star power.

Coming off our first wave of predictions for the Emmys, the official nominations will be announced the morning of Tuesday, July 13. How accurate was our Awards Editor Diego Andaluz in his predictions? Also, did your favorite shows get the love they deserved, or worse… get completely snubbed? Find out below and stay tuned as we cover more of the 73rd Primetime Emmys leading up to the big night on Sunday, September 19! You can also find the final winners for the 2021 OscarsGolden GlobesCritics Choice AwardsSAG AwardsBAFTAs, and MTV Awards right here on DiscussingFilm.


Limited Series

I May Destroy You
Mare of Easton
The Queens Gambit
The Underground Railroad

Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Sylvie’s Love
Uncle Frank

Direction For a Limited Series

Barry Jenkins (The Underground Railroad)
Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown)
Thomas Kail (Hamilton)
Matt Shakman (WandaVision)
Michaela Coel & Sam Miller (I May Destroy You)
Sam Miller (I May Destroy You)
Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit)

Writing For a Limited Series or Movie

Brad Ingelsby (Mare Of Easttown)
Chuck Hayward & Peter Cameron (WandaVision)
Jac Schaeffer (WandaVision)
Laura Donney (WandaVision)
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ewan McGregor (Halston)
Hugh Grant (The Undoing)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton)
Paul Bettany (Wandavision)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Elizabeth Olsen (Wandavision)
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)
Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)
Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown)
Jonathon Groff (Hamilton)
Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)
Jean Smart (Mare of Easttown)
Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown)
Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)


Drama Series

Lovecraft Country
The Crown
The Boys
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Mandalorian
This is Us

Directing For a Drama Series

Benjamin Caron (The Crown)
Jessica Hobbs (The Crown)
Jon Favreau (The Mandalorian)
Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton)
Liz Garbus (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Steven Canals (Pose)

Writing For A Drama Series

Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian)
Jon Favreau (The Mandalorian)
Misha Green (Lovecraft Country)
Peter Morgan (The Crown)
Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Boys)
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Our Lady J, & Janet Mock (Pose)
Yahlin Chang (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Porter (Pose)
Jonathon Majors (Lovecraft Country)
Josh O’Connor (The Crown)
Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)
Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton)
Sterling K Brown (This is Us)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Emma Corrin (The Crown)
Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)
Mj Rodriguez (Pose)
Olivia Coleman (The Crown)
Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Carl Weathers (The Mandalorian)
Charles Dance (The Crown)
Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country)
Don Cheadle (The Falcon And The Winter Soldier)
Timothy Olyphant (The Mandalorian)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
McKenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)
Sophie Okonedo (Ratched)


Comedy Series

Cobra Kai
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Ted Lasso

Directing For a Comedy Series

Declan Lowney (Ted Lasso)
James Burrows (B Positive)
James Widdoes (Mom)
Lucia Aniello (Hacks)
MJ Delaney (Ted Lasso)
Susanna Fogel (The Flight Attendant)
Zach Braff (Ted Lasso)

Writing For a Comedy Series

Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, & Joe Kelly (Ted Lasso)
Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, & Joe Kelly (Ted Lasso)
Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, & Jen Statsky (Hacks)
Maya Erskine (PEN15)
Meredith Scardino (Girls5eva)
Steve Yockey (The Flight Attendant)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
Kenan Thompson (Kenan)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
William H. Lacy (Shameless)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Shrill)
Allison Janey (Mom)
Jean Smart (Hacks)
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)
Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)
Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)
Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)
Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)
Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Daniel Kaluuya (Saturday night Live)
Dan Levy (Saturday Night Live)
Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)
Morgan Freeman (The Kominsky Method)

Guest Actress in A Comedy Series

Bernadette Peters (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)
Issa Rae (A Black Lady Sketch Show)
Jane Adams (Hacks)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live)
Yvette Nicole Brown (A Black Lady Sketch Show)


Host for a Reality or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, & Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye)
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, & Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank)
Nicole Byer (Nailed It!)
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, & Gail Simmons (Top Chef)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)

Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Property Brothers: Forever Home
Queer Eye
Running Wild With Bear Grylls
Shark Tank

Unstructured Reality Program

Below Deck
Indian Matchmaking
RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked
Selling Sunset

Competition Program

Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
The Voice
Top Chef


Variety Talk Series

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Saturday Night Live

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle
A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote
Bo Burnham: Inside
David Byrne’s American Utopia
Friends: The Reunion


Animated Program

Big Mouth
Bob’s Burgers
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
South Park: The Pandemic Special
The Simpsons

Short Form Animated Program 

Love, Death + Robots
Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap
Once Upon A Snowman
Robot Chicken

The Final Award Winners of 2021:

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