Ok, though I’ve been blogging for over a decade, I actually haven’t really blogged much at all about the Emmys. But y’know, given we’re cooped up all of last year, my hubby and I did watch quite a bit of TV, so I thought I’d post about it after its nominations were announced yesterday morning.
Streaming services continue to dominate in terms of ratings AND quality. So HBO and HBO Max is this year’s winner with a whopping 130 total nominations, with Netflix practically breathing right behind it with 129. Disney+ has only been eligible for two years and it’s already got 71 nominations. The Crown + The Mandalorian are tied with 24 noms, followed by WandaVision with 24 and The Handmaid’s Tale with 21.
Glad to see the racially diverse nominees across the board! Unlike the Golden Globes, the Emmys recognized the critically-acclaimed I May Destroy You and its star Michaela Coel.
It’s great to see that superhero-themed series are getting recognition! Does that mean we’ll see LOKI and Tom Hiddleston‘s names amongst the nominees next year? [fingers crossed]
Yay for Ted Lasso!!! I’m SO glad I watched this show, there are SO many things to love about it, some of them I’ve mentioned in this top 10 post. Can’t wait for season 2!!
I know the Ted Lasso team will have a giant party as practically EVERYONE from the show was nominated, not just its lead Jason Sudekis. But hey, I adore them all so I’m happy to see them all nominated, especially the two ladies Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple.
You’d think I’d be ho-hum to see The Crown getting so much love over and over, but you know what, hard to be blasé about such an outstanding series. Season 4 brought even more riveting drama with the arrival of Diana, so it’s great to see Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor (Charles) both getting noms. Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies are all phenomenal in the show.
Woot WandaVision!! Thrilled to see Elisabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn all nominated! Those trio are no doubt the standouts in the series.
Yay for Matthew Rhys who’s terrific in Perry Mason!! He’s such a criminally underrated actor, I’d love to see him win this year.
Everyone’s favorite Duke, aka Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page scores his first nomination! Can’t say I’m surprised, he’s definitely the talk of the
townworld with his brooding, sexy portrayal.
I kind of feel a bit sorry for Phoebe Dynevor though. Yes she’s not as memorable as the Duke, but they’re all talking about the scorching chemistry between Simon and Daphne, hey it takes two to make that happen!
Anya Taylor-Joy is a shoo-in for The Queen’s Gambit, and rightly so! She carried that phenomenal series and was mesmerizing to watch.
As happy as I am that The Queens Gambit is recognized, where is Marielle Heller?? I thought she was terrific and made the character so memorable.
They nominated the WRONG Black actor in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier! Where is Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley? His scenes with Falcon are definitely the most emotional moments of the series that highlight the issue of racial discrimination.
Dynevor isn’t the only female performer getting snubbed in Bridgerton. I feel like there is room to nominate at least one or two more actors in the supporting category. How about Claudia Jessie (Eloise) or Nicola Coughlan (Penelope)? Eloise especially always makes me laugh with her non-conformist attitude.
One of the recent shows I absolutely enjoyed, Shadow & Bone, got no love 😦 Given how few performers of Asian-descent getting nominated this year, it would’ve been nice to see the Chinese-British actress Jessica Mei Li on the list. This beautifully-shot fantasy series also boasts some of the most stunning production design and gorgeous costumes!
Glad to see OSLO getting a nod, it’s quite a riveting drama about the secret negotiation of the Oslo Accords, but sad that both Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott were snubbed.
Lastly, in the Variety Talk series, am I the only one who appreciates Late Night With Seth Meyers? It might not be as flashy as the others being nominated, but there’s a refreshing earnest-ness about Seth and he is a great interviewer! I’ve come to enjoy watching his show over the years, much more so than his fellow SNL-alum-turned-talk-host Jimmy Fallon.
Ok I’m not going to dwell on the negatives… so it’s just these three:
Don Cheadle got nominated for basically a 3-minute cameo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier!! Ahah, even the actor himself is confused!! I certainly hope the voters isn’t confusing him with the more deserving nominee Anthony Mackie, I mean, come on!!
thanks, well wishers. sorry, haters. agreed, 🤷🏿♂️ers. i don’t really get it either. buuuuuuuuuut on we go …
— Don” ‘t ask me google questions” Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 13, 2021
Emily in Paris??? Good gracious, THIS again??
Now, I’m thrilled The Mandalorian gets a nod in Best Drama Series, but sad that the fantastic Pedro Pascal kept getting overlooked!! Did Emmy voters think that since he wore a helmet for most of the series that he wasn’t acting?? It’s akin to mo-cap acting where the actor would still have to act with their body.
In any case, here are the full nominees:
Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Outstanding Comedy Series
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Billy Porter, Pose
Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country
Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale
O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Lithgow, Perry Mason
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Emerald Fennell, 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
Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
William H. Macy, Shameless
Kenan Thompson, Kenan
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Aidy Bryant, Shrill
Jean Smart, Hacks
Allison Janney, Mom
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
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
Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Outstanding Limited Series
Mare of Easttown
I May Destroy You
The Queen’s Gambit
The Underground Railroad
Outstanding Television Movie
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square
Outstanding 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
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You
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
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mckenna Grace, The Handmaid’s Tale
Claire Foy, The Crown
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Sophie Okonedo, Ratched
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
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Issa Rae, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Jane Adams, Hacks
Bernadette Peters, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Yvette Nicole Brown, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
13 thoughts on “Musings on EMMY 2021 Nominations – The Good, the Bad + the WTF”
I’m happy for WandaVision and Cobra Kai getting some nods but I’m not happy that Small Axe got snubbed while I’m baffled as well over Don Cheadle’s nomination. He was only in an episode for 3 minutes just to have a conversation and then left. That nod should’ve gone to Carl Lumbly.
I haven’t seen Small Axe but yeah, surprising that one got snubbed as I heard so many positive reviews! I am still miffed over Cheadle’s nom over Carl Lumbly’s who’s so much more deserving!
I was shocked Marielle Heller didn’t get nominated for The Queen’s Gambit. Huge miss there. Same with Carl Lumbly in FATWS.
I really need to see Oslo. It’s been on my watch list.
Oslo is really well-acted, a great slo-burn drama!
I don’t pay attention to the Emmy’s didn’t know there announced the nominations until I saw your post here. Lol! I totally forgot that Don Cheadle was in Falcon & The Winter Soldier, so his nomination was definitely a WTF?! Glad to see that streaming service shows gets more love this year since most people are watching them within the last couple of years. I haven’t watched any show on the major networks in like 10 years.
I think most people forgot Cheadle was ever in TFAWS as it was a blink and you missed it moment, hardly an ‘acting’ role!
I’m glad to see shows I actually watched get nominated. Btw, you like spy thrillers right? Have you seen TEHRAN? It’s SO good!!
I think I put TEHRAN on my to watch list a long time ago but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. There are so many shows I still need to catch up on, lol! The downside of so many contents to consume these days, I have to sort out which shows or movies I want to spend my time on. I’ll eventually get to it soon.
Yeah I know, way too many content options, LOL! It’s actually Ivan who kept urging me to watch TEHRAN and I’m glad I did! It’s such a great spy series and I’m glad there’ll be a 2nd season!
There’s certainly more right here than wrong. In recent years, the Emmys have generally been better at honoring both the widely known and underseen than something like the Oscars. So, I always have far less to complain about when their nominations come out. Still, plenty of work to be done in fine-tuning their categories and preventing category fraud. Hamilton, for example, shouldn’t have been nominated for all of those awards because it shouldn’t have qualified for any of them, not when there is another category (Best Variety Special-Previously Recorded) it clearly made way more sense for. Plus, they need to expand the number of shows that can be nominated for Best Limited Series. Comedy and Drama get 8 nominees each; so should Limited Series, which is currently limited to 5.
As for snubs and wtfs, excellent call on Carl Lumbly for Falcon. Cheadle’s nomination clearly should have gone to him.
My biggest beef is with not only snubbing Ethan Hawke for Good Lord Bird but ignoring the show entirely. I know Showtime shows not named “Homeland” struggle to get noticed at the Emmys, but Hawke delivered the performance of his career as well as produced and wrote for a period piece drama that at the very least should have earned some tech award nominations.
I highly suspect Emmy voters fell victim to the same thing we’re all fighting in peak TV – not enough time to watch everything. Many of them simply didn’t watch Good Lord Bird. The same is likely also true for Shadow & Bone.
Hey there Kelly, good to hear from you! I haven’t paid that much attention in recent years to EMMYs but that’s good if they’re better at honoring underseen stuff, seems like they’re also more diverse. I suppose that could be a testament to tv industry in general in terms of racial diversity.
I actually have not seen Hamilton movie version but yeah, I was surprised to see it getting noms.
I agree too that the voters simply can’t get to ALL of the materials, which could be what happened to The Good Lord Bird which was getting such critical acclaims. But they did watch Falcon & Winter Soldier and I’m still miffed Cheadle is nominated over Lumbly!
SO confused how Don Cheadle got a nom but Lumbly, Mackie and Stan were snubbed. I thought Sebastian might be, I just loved his performance.
I have Ted Lasso on my list to watch soon! I swear I have not yet spoken to ONE person who hasn’t loved the show, so I’m excited.
I get that THT and The Crown are very popular but that supporting actress category makes me cringe. They couldn’t find any deserving performances from shows BEYOND those two? Meh.
Sebastian was really good in TFATWS, there were some really genuinely emotional performances from him.
Oh you have GOT to watch Ted Lasso soon, I was won over instantly and I got on board quite late. You don’t even have to be a football fan at all!.
I hear ya about SO many supporting performers from two hugely popular shows, they could’ve spread the love more but I think most voters just didn’t bother to see the other shows
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