Emmys 2021: Nominations, Snubs, and Surprises!

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This Article was updated on July 31, 2021 by Erica Vain

You saw our Emmy Predictions, but now’s the time to talk about the official 2021 nominations! Join us in checking out the nominations, and talking about the BIG snubs and surprises!

Drama Series

“The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video) 

“Bridgerton” (Netflix) 

“The Crown” (Netflix) 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) 

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO) 

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+) 

“Pose” (FX) 

“This Is Us” (NBC) 

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”

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” 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito- “The Mandalorian”

O-T Fagbenie- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

John Lithgow- “Perry Mason”

Tobias Menzies- “The Crown”

Max Minghella- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Chris Sullivan- “This Is Us”

Bradley Whitford- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Michael K. Williams- “Lovecraft Country”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson- “The Crown”

Helena Bonham Carter- “The Crown”

Madeline Brewer- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Ann Dowd- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Aunjanue Ellis- “Lovecraft Country”

Emerald Fennell- “The Crown”

Yvonne Strahovski- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Samira Wiley- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Don Cheadle- “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

Charles Dance- “The Crown”

Timothy Olyphant- “The Mandalorian”

Courtney B. Vance- “Lovecraft Country”

Carl Weathers- “The Mandalorian”

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Claire Foy- “The Crown”

McKenna Grace- “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Sophie Okonedo- “Ratched”

Phylicia Rashad- “This Is Us”

Comedy Series

“Black-ish” (ABC) 

“Cobra Kai” (Netflix) 

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

“Hacks” (HBO Max) 

“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max) 

“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) 

“Pen15” (Hulu) 

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus) 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson- “Black-ish”

Jason Sudeikis- “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson- “Kenan”

Michael Douglas- “The Kominsky Method”

William H. Macy- “Shameless”

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”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins- “Hacks”

Brett Goldstein- “Ted Lasso”

Brendan Hunt- “Ted Lasso”

Nick Mohammed- “Ted Lasso”

Paul Reiser- “The Kominsky Method”

Jeremy Swift- “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson- “Saturday Night Live”

Bowen Yang- “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant- “Saturday Night Live”

Hannah Einbinder- “Hacks”

Kate McKinnon- “Saturday Night Live”

Rosie Perez- “The Flight Attendant”

Cecily Strong- “Saturday Night Live”

Juno Temple- “Ted Lasso”

Hannah Waddingham- “Ted Lasso”

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin- “Saturday Night Live”

Dave Chappelle- “Saturday Night Live”

Morgan Freeman- “The Kominsky Method”

Daniel Kaluuya- “Saturday Night Live”

Daniel Levy- “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams- “Hacks”

Yvette Nicole Brown- “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Bernadette Peters- “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Issa Rae- “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Maya Rudolph- “Saturday Night Live”

Kristen Wiig- “Saturday Night Live”

Limited Series

“I May Destroy You” (HBO) 

“Mare of Easttown” (HBO) 

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) 

“The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Prime Video) 

“WandaVision” (Disney +) 

Lead Actor in a Limited 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 Series or Movie

Michaela Coel- “I May Destroy You”

Cynthia Erivo- “Genius: Aretha”

Elizabeth Olsen- “WandaVision”

Anya Taylor-Joy- “The Queen’s Gambit”

Kate Winslet- “Mare of Easttown”

Supporting Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

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”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Renée Elise Goldsberry- “Hamilton”

Phillipa Soo- “Hamilton”

Julianne Nicholson- “Mare of Easttown”

Jean Smart- “Mare of Easttown”

Moses Ingram- “The Queen’s Gambit”

Kathryn Hahn- “WandaVision”

Snubs and Surprises of the 2021 Emmy Nominations


“Mythic Quest”

While AppleTV’s “Ted Lasso” snatched 20 nominations in total, a number of its other shows were shut out.  And among the most shocking shutouts is the Video Game comedy, “Mythic Quest.” While the series was able to secure a nomination for its narration (Performed by Anthony Hopkins), it was locked out of all major categories.  Most shocking was its snub for lead actor Rob McElhenney, who gave a vulnerable and nuanced performance during the second season.  This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as the Emmys have historically ignored It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a series by the same creators, but it does beg the question, “What do these people need to do to score a nomination?”


“Emily in Paris”

Netflix’s Comedy, “Emily in Paris,” received top honors Tuesday morning with a nomination for Comedy Series.  To say that this nomination shocked me would be an understatement.  The show has been nothing short of… polarizing.  With series like “Search Party,” “Mythic Quest,” and “Made for Love” not scoring any major categories, “Emily’s” inclusion in this category definitely came as a shock. 


“Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

Except for Don Cheadle’s surprise nomination in the Drama Guest Actor category, Falcon and the Winter Soldier largely went ignored in the major categories.  While we were predicting Wyatt Russell to be nominated for his performance as the new Captain America, this did not occur.  With WandaVision scoring an impressive 23 nominations, it looks like Disney+ may have put all of their promotional eggs into one basket.


“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Coming into nomination day, I was questioning whether Emmy voters still had the love for Hulu’s dystopian drama.  The answer?  YES! The series received a whopping 21 nominations in total,  one being for Drama Series, and 10 being for individual performances. While we were predicting this to be the most snubbed series, it looks like the love for “Handmaid’s” is not something to question.


Small Axe

We were able to accurately predict every series nominated for limited series, but we still expected a little bit of Emmy love for Steve McQueen’s anthology series!  Boy were we wrong!  Despite John Boyega winning the Golden Globe for his performance, he and the rest of the cast were completely shut out!  The series was able to secure a cinematography nomination, but that is not enough!

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