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Emmy Awards Nominations 2021
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Comedy Series
"Ted Lasso" has held firm as the top contender in the Best Comedy Series category for weeks, but it isn't without competition. Last year's breakout HBO Max series "The Flight Attendant" continues to hold strong in second place, while Netflix's "The Kominsky Method" (the only potential carry-over nominee here from 2020) is solid as well. Still, users and experts have put a couple of new shows on the ascent, including HBO Max's "Hacks" and Peacock's "Girls5eva."
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Comedy Actress
Last year's winner, "Schitt's Creek" star Catherine O'Hara, is absent from this category, leaving it wide open for a new champion. "The Flight Attendant" star Kaley Cuoco has held the pole position for weeks, but she's far from certain to win. That's thanks to Jean Smart, the "Hacks" star who has made a late push for the HBO Max comedy and could win her third Emmy Award this year. Of note, because of the total number of comedy submissions, the 2021 Best Comedy Actress category will have only five slots.
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Comedy Actor
Last year's winner, "Schitt's Creek" star Eugene Levy, is absent from the category, which leaves "Ted Lasso" favorite Jason Sudeikis in prime position to add to his trophy case after wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards in the same comedy category. Because of overall submissions, only five men will be nominated in this category at the 2021 Emmy Awards.
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Comedy Supporting Actress
This highly competitive field will get whittled down to just seven nominees on account of overall submissions. At the moment, "Ted Lasso" co-star Hannah Waddingham is the overwhelming favorite to emerge victoriously. But Waddingham, a Critics Choice Award winner, will face stiff competition from "SNL" stars Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant, "The Flight Attendant" stars Rosie Perez and Zosia Mamet, and even potential longshots like Hannah Einbinder from "Hacks."
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Comedy Supporting Actor
Like Comedy Supporting Actress, this category will win up with seven nominees. The expectation is that "SNL" stars Kenan Thompson and Bowan Yang will make the cut, as will a trio of "Ted Lasso" actors (Brendan Hunt, Brent Goldstein, and Nick Mohammad). At the moment, Kenan Thompson is favored to win what would be his first acting Emmy. The longtime cast member previously won an Emmy for original music and lyrics at the 2018 event.
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Comedy Guest Actress
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Comedy Guest Actor
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Drama Series
Despite three seasons of acclaim, the Netflix series "The Crown" has never won in the Best Drama category. That is expected to change this year as the show is an overwhelming favorite to win the Best Drama award. Netflix has never won in the top categories at the Emmys, a distinction that should fall this year.
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Drama Actress
"The Crown" star Emma Corrin is not only expected to land her first Emmy nomination for playing Princess Diana on the Netflix series, but also receive her first Emmy win. But if Corrin were to stumble, it is likely the award would stay within "The Crown" family: Olivia Colman is also widely assumed to land a nomination and could easily win her first Emmy.
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Drama Actor
Much like Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana on "The Crown," Josh O'Connor, the show's Prince Charles, is favored to win here. But there is another Netflix star who could potentially stage an upset: Rege-Jean Page, a breakout performer on the series "Bridgerton."
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Drama Supporting Actress
Another drama category, another potential victory for "The Crown." While Gillian Anderson is favored to win here for playing Margaret Thatcher, Helena Bonham Carter is also a strong contender. Other possibilities include Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, and Yvonne Strahovski for "The Handmaid's Tale" and Wunmi Mosaku for "Lovecraft Country." Based on drama submissions, this category will have eight total slots.
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Drama Supporting Actor
Michael Kenneth Williams has never won at the Emmy Awards -- not for his iconic role on "The Wire" or for his performance on "The Night Of." But the actor is a favorite this year for his supporting turn in "Lovecraft Country." Other contenders include Tobias Menzies from "The Crown," Bradley Whitford from "The Handmaid's Tale," Giancarlo Esposito for "The Mandalorian," and Anthony Ramos for "In Treatment."
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Drama Guest Actress
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Limited Series
This is arguably the year's most competitive Emmy field. "The Queen's Gambit" is widely believed to be the favorite, but any number of series could land one of the five slots here. Late-breaking contenders like "The Underground Railroad," "Mare of Easttown" and "WandaVision" are certainly possibilities, as is the 2020 breakout "I May Destroy You."
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TV Movie
This year's TV Movie category is paced by the Amazon film Sylvie's Love.
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Movie/Limited Actress
Much like the Limited Series category, the best movie or limited series actress category is overloaded with worthy nominees, including favorite Anya-Taylor Joy. The "Queen's Gambit" star won frequently on the awards circuit earlier this year, including at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globe Awards. But while Joy is still the favorite, "Mare of Easttown" star Kate Winslet has come on strong as Emmy ballots have arrived and could stage an upset win. Other top contenders here include Michaela Coel for "I May Destroy You," Elizabeth Olsen for "WandaVision," Cynthia Erivo for "Genius: Aretha," and Thuso Mbedu for "The Underground Railroad."
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Movie/Limited Actor
Without last year's Emmy winner here, Mark Ruffalo, eligible again, both Ethan Hawke and Hugh Grant -- each of whom lost to Ruffalo at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards this year -- could emerge victoriously in the best movie/limited series actor category. But because of Emmy rules, this category could also include a number of surprising outliers, like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. for "Hamilton" and Martin Sheen for "A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote."
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Movie/Limited Supporting Actress
It was Agatha all along? Kathryn Hahn is a big favorite in this category for her scene-stealing, meme-worthy performance in "WandaVision." But like everything else with the Limited Series designation, there's a wealth of talent here, including Jean Smart and Julianne Nicholson for "Mare of Easttown," Marielle Heller for "The Queen's Gambit," Renee Elise Goldsberry for "Hamilton," and Letitia Wright for "Small Axe."
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Movie/Limited Supporting Actor
Star Wars actor John Boyega could follow his supporting actor win at the Golden Globes this year with a victory at the Emmy Awards for his "Small Axe" performance. If not Boyega, popular limited series like "The Undoing" (Donald Sutherland), "The Queen's Gambit" (Bill Camp), and "The Underground Railroad" (William Jackson Harper) could factor into the race.
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Animated Program
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Competition Program
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Reality Host
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Variety Talk Series
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Variety Sketch Series
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