Your Official List of the 2021 Emmy Awards Winners
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
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Outstanding Drama Series
The Crown – WINNER
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
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
RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER
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 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
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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!
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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.