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All of the 2021 Emmy Nominations from WandaVision to Ted Lasso to Remind You of the Variety in Entertainment

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BY April 25, 2022

We love awards ceremonies. Sometimes they give recognition to well-deserved and phenomenal pieces of art. Other times they cause unnecessary drama. Whatever the case, it’s fun to tune in and appreciate the artists behind the thing we spend most of our time doing these days. The Emmys show up just in time to help us forget about the post-Oscars slump and gives us a reminder of what we still need to cross off of our “to watch” lists. Without further ado, here are the official 2021 Emmy nominations!

The Official List Of The 2021 Emmy Nominations

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Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys


The Crown

The Mandalorian

Lovecraft Country


The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

This category is often one of the most competitive of the night, and the 2021 Emmy nominations shows that it’s still true. There are often a few standouts that make us go into our predictions with somebody in the lead, but this year could go in almost any of these directions. We doubt that Bridgerton will get anywhere close to the winning spot, but The Mandalorian, The Crown, and Lovecraft Country all stand a chance, with others close behind.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Cobra Kai


Emily in Paris


Ted Lasso

The Flight Attendant

The Kominsky Method

And the winner is… Emily in Paris! Just kidding. As we discussed in our Golden Globes controversy post, critics and viewers around the world have been angry to watch as shows with such style over substance get nominated when others are snubbed. We expect Ted Lasso to win the fight here.

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

Regé-Jean Page will never appear in another season of Bridgerton, so some voters may feel inclined to vote for his one-off performance. But others, like Billy Porter, have stronger performances under his belt.

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

Mj Rodriguez has become the first trans woman to be nominated for a major acting category, which we’re thrilled to hear. So, how great would it be to see her take the trophy?

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

The Handmaid’s Tale seems to have a pretty good chance at winning something with this fantastic ratio, but John Lithgow and Giancarlo Esposito are always people that we’re down to see win.

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

While the odds are in the favor of The Crown and The Handmaid’s Tale, these nominations could work against each other. We won’t be surprised if Aunjanue Ellis ends up taking a deserving win!

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

William H. Macy is great, but Jason Sudeikis has been taking plenty of awards for Ted Lasso, so our prediction is in his favor.

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

Allison Janney took the award for this show in the supporting category back in 2015, so it would be very full-circle to see her take the lead.

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

It’s a tough call when it comes to predicting the next Ted Lasso winner, but we might put Brett Goldstein close to the top if Kenan Thompson doesn’t take it.

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

Kate McKinnon has always been a fan-favorite for Saturday Night Live, but she’s triple-tied with equally talented comedians. This is another category that we wouldn’t put money on!

Outstanding Limited Series

Mare of Easttown

I May Destroy You


The Queen’s Gambit

The Underground Railroad

Phew… If there had to be a hard race to call, it would be this one. Mare of Easttown is the only reason that I subscribed to Crave, and I didn’t regret it once. But I May Destroy You is one of the most moving portrayals of trauma responses out there, and WandaVision also looks at serious topics like grief in innovative ways. Oh, and then there’s The Queen’s Gambit, which made chess look more interesting than the Super Bowl.

Outstanding Television Movie

Uncle Frank

Sylvie’s Love


Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square

Sylvie’s Love leans to the top of our list on this one.

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

We’ll never stop supporting WandaVision over here at Comic Years, so we’re rooting for Paul Bettany. However, Hamilton might put up quite the fight.

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

Michaela Coel is the heart and soul of I May Destroy You, which she wrote and created. She is more than deserving, and our fingers are crossed for her. Though Anya Taylor-Joy has been sweeping other awards ceremonies, and Kate Winslet is also beloved by many voters. As much as we’re obsessed with Elizabeth Olsen’s role of Wanda Maxmioff, we think that Coel should be the frontrunner.

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

If Kathryn Hahn doesn’t walk on stage to sing Agatha All Along, then, well, I’ll be disappointed.

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

Paapa Essiedu definitely deserves this win, bringing a new weight to I May Destroy You. But Evan Peters played a role that took him far away from his usual typecast, and we’re happy to see him nominated.

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

These categories often get to a point where I don’t even want to bother making a prediction because there are so many options. This is one of those categories. Though, we are surprised to see Don Cheadle in this one.

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

Seeing young actresses nominated for awards shows is thrilling, and Mckenna Grace continues to prove that she’s the next up-and-coming star. Her winning would be a thrill!

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

Alec Baldwin always delights on Saturday Night Live, but we’ve seen it already. Dan Levy winning might be more exciting after last year’s Schitt’s Sweep.

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

There is a lot to root for here, including big names in comedy like Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig. But our votes are behind Issa Rae.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Saturday Night Live

Well, either way, there’s a 50% chance we’re right with whatever prediction we make. But Saturday Night Live has won enough. Seriously, it has 78 Primetime Emmys. We want to see A Black Lady Sketch Show take it home.

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

Conan has recently come to an end, and the loving outpour makes us think that this is the direction we’re going in with this category.

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Most of these shows pop up every year, and we’re never surprised. It could go to anybody, and they’d all deserve it. But we’re pretty big fans of Top Chef over here.

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons, Top Chef

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

RuPaul is one of the most memorable hosts around. Could he win again when up against this list of the 2021 Emmy nominations? Maybe.

The Nominations For The 2021 Emmy Awards Are Ready to Fight

I May Destroy you HFPA Amazon Netflix boycott Image via HBO.

There are a lot of shows that we’re rooting for this year and some that we’re pleasantly surprised to see. WandaVision pulled in more nominations than we had expected, and we’re desperate to see it win at least one competitive category. Other favorites like I May Destroy You deserve wins after being overlooked by other competitions, and our hearts are full after seeing them get the nominations they deserve.

Whatever happens on September 19th when we see the 2021 Emmy nominations on the big screen, just know that we’ll need to prepare ourselves for some big moments. So, let’s start preparing!

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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.


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