The Crown and The Mandalorian lead Emmy nominations as first-timers shine
The nominations for this year’s television Emmy Awards have been swept by first-time nominees, representing the most significant changing of the guard in the last decade.
The two most nominated programs – The Crown and The Mandalorian, with 24 nominations each – are well known to television audiences.
The muse of art, upholding the electron of science, also known as the Emmy.Credit:Kevin Winter/Getty Images
But first-time nominees Bridgerton, Lovecraft Country and The Boys have pushed into the notoriously entrenched outstanding drama series category. And outstanding comedy has been swept by first-time nominees Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, Hacks, Pen15, Ted Lasso and The Flight Attendant.
Trailing The Crown and The Mandalorian in total nominations are WandaVision (with 23 nominations), The Handmaid’s Tale (21), Saturday Night Live (21), Ted Lasso (20), Lovecraft Country (18), The Queen’s Gambit (18) and Mare of Easttown (16).
Of those seven programs, five are making first-time appearances in key Emmy categories.
In part that is due to the shifting content landscape, throwing once-fringe titles to the centre of the stage. But it has also been impacted by some shows retiring – case in point: last year’s awards hoover Schitt’s Creek – and impacts on production from COVID-19, which delayed some shows, such as Succession, pushing them out of the eligibility window.
Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.Credit:Netflix
The nominations also reflect an impactful year of female-led drama: Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown, Anya Taylor Joy’s The Queen’s Gambit and Elizabeth Olsen’s WandaVision. All three have made impressive showings in the nominations.
On a network vs network basis, HBO and HBO Max lead the nominations with 130. Netflix, whose awards night ambition has long been to upset the applecart, was narrowly pushed into second place with 129. Which means HBO wins the day, but only by a whisker.
The next most competitive players on the stage are Disney+ with 71 nominations and the free-to-air network NBC with 46. The margin between the two top-scoring platforms and their nearest competition is dramatic, a revealing illustration of how far ahead HBO and Netflix have surged in recent years.
Australian actor Yvonne Strahovski has been nominated in the supporting actress in a drama series category for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale.
Australian actor Yvonne Strahovski was nominated for her turn in The Handmaid’s Tale.
New Zealand-born director Jessica Hobbs, who has worked extensively in Australian television on series including Love My Way, Tangle, The Slap and Rake, has been nominated for her work on The Crown.
Hobbs is one of three female directors in a field of six in the drama directing category; the others are Julie Anne Robinson, nominated for her work on Bridgerton, and Liz Garbus, for The Handmaid’s Tale. (The other three nominees are Benjamin Caron for The Crown, Jon Favreau for The Mandalorian and Steven Canals for Pose.)
Another Kiwi, cinematographer Baz Idoine, has been nominated in the outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series (one hour) category, for his work on The Mandalorian’s gripping season finale, The Jedi.
And three Australian designers – creative director Patrick Clair, art director and lead compositor Raoul Marks and illustrator Ken Taylor – have been nominated for outstanding main title design for their work on HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
Cinematographer Baz Idoine nominated for his work on the thrilling Mandalorian finale (pictured).Credit:Disney+
One noticeable oversight is Australian actor Nicole Kidman, who did not score a nod for her work on The Undoing. The series, which drew wide acclaim, was also shut out of the limited series category. Only Kidman’s co-star Hugh Grant made an appearance in a key category.
As they are each year, the full nominee list will be scrutinised in the comic Frank Scherma, the chief executive of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, whose industry members vote for the Emmy nominations and winners, said this year’s nominees reflected the connection between content and audiences in a difficult pandemic year.
“Television has provided a lifeline for so many around the globe, delivering a constant source of entertainment, information and inspiration during some of our most difficult days,” Scherma said.
“We are thrilled to honour the diversity of storytelling in television today by recognising talented artists, programs, producers, directors and craftspeople throughout our industry and celebrating their commitment to this extraordinary medium.”
The winners of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in a telecast from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 19.
The creative arts categories, including production design, wardrobe, editing, directing, writing, guest actor, main title design and sound, will be announced at the 73rd Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards; no date or venue has been announced yet.
List of nominees for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards
The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)
This Is Us (NBC)
Lead actor in a drama series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Lead actress in a drama series
Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country
Supporting actor in a drama series
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country
John Lithgow, Perry Mason
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Supporting actress in a drama series
Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Emerald Fennell, The Crown
Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)
Lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson, Kenan
Lead actress in a comedy series
Aidy Bryant, Shrill
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Allison Janney, Mom
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Jean Smart, Hacks
Supporting actor in a comedy series
Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks
Kenan Thompson, SNL
Bowen Yang, SNL
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso
Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method
Supporting actress in a comedy series
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Aidy Bryant, SNL
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Cecily Strong, SNL
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant
Limited or anthology series
I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
WandaVision (Disney Plus)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (Netflix)
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)
Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Prime)
Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime)
Lead actor in a limited series, movie or anthology
Paul Bettany, WandaVision
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ewan McGregor, Halston
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr, Hamilton
Lead actress in a limited series, movie or anthology
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Supporting actor in a limited series, movie or anthology
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit
Supporting actress in a limited series, movie or anthology
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Variety talk series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Last Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
Reality show host
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, Top Chef
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