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Your Official List of the 2021 Emmy Awards Winners

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BY April 29, 2022

While it’s been a tough year for cinema, the world of television and streaming has had some of its greatest moments yet. From the whirlwind ride of WandaVision to more intimate shows like I May Destroy You, we haven’t had a shortage of great shows to watch. In between binging the latest exciting releases like season 3 of Sex Education, we are more than happy to take the time to see the greats get the awards they deserve. Here is your official list of the 2021 Emmy Awards winners!

The Official List Of The 2021 Emmy Winners

2021 emmy awards winners list Image via HBO.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys


The Crown – WINNER

The Mandalorian

Lovecraft Country


The Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us

The Outstanding Drama Series award is one of the most competitive of the night, and it’s always full of some obvious nominees and surprising picks. The Crown taking the lead is never a surprise, especially after all of the wins that it’s collected in the past. For this season, the show tackled a topic that we’re always obsessed with seeing on screen: Princess Diana. It’s a tough one to tackle, and fan’s expectations were at an all-time high.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Cobra Kai


Emily in Paris


Ted Lasso – WINNER

The Flight Attendant

The Kominsky Method

The past few years of winners, including Fleabag and Schitt’s Creek,  have gone down as legendary comedic stories. We’re pleased to see Ted Lasso join them, but we can’t say that we’re surprised! After sweeping plenty of awards shows this year, and joining various categories of the 2021 Emmy Awards winners, this was as much of a lock as Jason’s earlier win of the night. This series about sports is beloved by sports fans and sports haters alike for its unique approach to the competitive world.

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 – WINNER

Josh O’Connor manages to play a hard-to-like character with enough layers to make him a joy to watch. This was a stacked category, but are we really surprised?

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Olivia Colman, The Crown – WINNER

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Mj Rodriguez, Pose

Everybody wins for playing Queen Elizabeth II eventually, right? The role seems destined to win big, and we’ve always loved Colman. Kudos to her, too, for managing to squeeze in an uncensored f-bomb during her speech.

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 – WINNER

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

It was lovely to see a tribute to nominee Michael K. Williams ahead of the reading of the actors.  His recent death shocked fans around the world, but his performances will live on. Menzies missed collecting his award, but his role as Prince Philip didn’t disappoint.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown – WINNER

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

If you’re like me and binge-watched the new season of Sex Education this weekend, then the smile on your face at seeing Gillian Anderson win is probably just as big as mine (and the casting directors at Netflix!)

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

Well, no surprise there. After all of the steam that Ted Lasso has picked up over the months, this is one that was as close to a lock as you can get!

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Shrill

Jean Smart, Hacks – WINNER

Allison Janney, Mom

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Jean Smart has had quite the year with Hacks and Mare of Easttown and has quite an impressive collection of wins and nominations. Her speech to her late husband was particularly touching, and this is a win we’re surprised (and happy) to see.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso – WINNER

Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso

Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso

Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

This category is proof that a great performer doesn’t need to worry about vote splitting. We had a hard time deciding which supporting actor for the series would take it home, but we’re pleased with this one.

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 – WINNER

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

This award was the first of the night and signaled an exciting evening. We all knew that Ted Lasso would win at least a few categories, but the best part of this win was how excited Waddingham was to be on stage. Good for you, Hannah!

Outstanding Limited Series

Mare of Easttown

I May Destroy You


The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER

The Underground Railroad

This category has taken over as the most hyped of the evening, and our predictions could have gone in nearly any direction. The winner is, ultimately, well-deserving of such an award. Chess is a game that’s hard to translate onto any screen, but viewers were falling in love with it more than anything else this year!

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ewan McGregor, Halston – WINNER

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

I’ll be honest, folks. I wasn’t expecting this one. Still, we love Ewan. Bravo!

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown – WINNER

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Kate Winslet is one of the finest actresses of our generation, and this is certainly a well-deserved win. We can’t help but be sad for the other actresses who deserved the win just as much, especially Coel and Olsen, but that speaks to just how amazing this year has been for television!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown

Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown – WINNER

Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

So, we guess it wasn’t Agatha all along… But that’s okay because Julianne Nicholson performed a hard role all while making it look easy.

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

In a category where everybody deserved it, Peters is one that we’re not mad about. In fact, the only reason I decided to watch Mare of Easttown was because of a trending scene from the show where Peters proves why he deserved to win. He’s come a long way since Phil of the Future!

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Saturday Night Live – WINNER

In case you’re wondering, Saturday Night Live has won an impressive 85 Primetime Emmy Awards. They continue to make us laugh, and probably will for a long time.

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 – WINNER

This year has given us lots of things to think about regarding the week prior, and John Oliver has managed to help us make sense of it all. A deserving win!

Outstanding Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER

Top Chef

The Voice

We’ve all been binge-watching competition shows throughout the pandemic, right? And for many of us, I’m sure RuPaul has made it on the list. This series has won its fair share of Emmys, and we’re never surprised.

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

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Rebecca Sonnenshine, The Boys

Peter Morgan, The Crown – WINNER

Yahlin Chang, The Handmaid’s Tale

Misha Green, Lovecraft Country

Dave Filoni, The Mandalorian

Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian

Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Our Lady J, Janet Mock, and Ryan Murphy, Pose

It takes a lot to write something fantastic that is based on reality. On one hand, you want it to accurately reflect what happened. On the other, you need to make great television. We aren’t surprised to see The Crown take this one.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Julie Anne Robinson, Bridgerton

Benjamin Caron, The Crown

Jessica Hobbs, The Crown – WINNER

Liz Garbus, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian

Steven Canals, Pose

We love to see women winning for directing!

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER

Saturday Night Live

The Amber Ruffin Show

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 

This award was dedicated to Adam Driver, who “knows what he did.” All we’re left thinking after this award is… What did he do?

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Meredith Scardino, Girls5eva

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, Hacks – WINNER

Maya Erskine, Pen15

Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Ted Lasso

Steve Yockey, The Flight Attendant

While we’re surprised to see a loss for Ted Lasso, we hope that this win encourages more people to watch Hacks!

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

James Burrows, B Positive

Lucia Aniello, Hacks – WINNER

James Widdoes, Mom

Zach Braff, Ted Lasso

MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso

Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso

Susanna Fogel, The Flight Attendant

Yeah, we definitely know what’s next on our “to watch” list!

Outstanding Directing for in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

Sam Miller & Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Sam Miller, I May Destroy You

Craig Zobel, Mare of Easttown

Scott Frank, The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER

Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad

Matt Shakman, WandaVision

This was a tough category. We anticipated a win for Matt Shakman, but it was never a lock. The Queen’s Gambit was a phenomenal show about a topic that most people have trouble investing themselves in, and Frank made it work.

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You – WINNER

Brad Ingelsby, Mare of Easttown

Scott Frank, The Queen’s Gambit

Jac Schaeffer, WandaVision

Laura Donney, WandaVision

Chuck Hayward & Peter Cameron, WandaVision

Well… Thank goodness for that. We really love WandaVision over here at Comic Years, and Laura Donney’s single line of “What is love if not grief persevering,” touched us more than most this year. But Michaela Coel turned one of the toughest conversations into a revelation of a television series, and this is the most well-deserved wins of the 2021 Emmy Award winners.

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 – WINNER

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

The Oscars

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd

It’s hard to make an impact on election night, especially with all of the more newsworthy stuff going on, but Stephen Colbert definitely did it.

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

8:46: Dave Chappelle

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We Vote

Bo Burnham: Inside

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Friends: The Reunion


This category really came down to Hamilton and Bo Burnham: Inside, and while Bo Burnham’s songs are burned into my brain thanks to some Tik Tok trends, it’s hard to beat something that has been as much of a cultural force as Hamilton.

The 2021 Emmy Awards Winners Are A Group Of Talent

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

There were plenty of surprises tonight, but few wins felt like a snub. Everybody showed up ready to work and ready to wow us with their intense and phenomenal performances this year. We can’t wait to see what the next year of television holds!

Readers, let us know your thoughts on the 2021 Emmy Awards winners!

Featured image via Netflix.

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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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