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Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 Emmys

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What are the Emmy Awards?

The Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) established the Emmy Awards as part of an image-building and public relations opportunity in 1949. The awards are now presented by three bodies: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS). The Emmy Awards usually refer to the two most coveted awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. However, the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards and Regional Emmy Awards are also presented throughout the year. The name Emmy comes from the casual term for an image orthicon, “immy”, a camera tube used in TV production.

When are the Emmy Awards 2021?

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on 19 September 19, 2021 from 5pm local time in Los Angeles (6am GST).

Where will the Emmy Awards 2021 be held?

The 2020 Emmys, dubbed the “Pand-Emmys”, were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with winners accepting their statuettes remotely via video link. This year, despite plans to host a modified in-person ceremony inside the Microsoft Theater, rising Covid case numbers in California have prompted the Academy to move the show to the Event Deck at LA Live, which is directly behind the theatre. “This will provide an opportunity to utilize an indoor/outdoor setting and more socially-distanced audience seating,” the Academy said in a statement.

They also added that “Following discussions with health and safety experts for Los Angeles County, the Television Academy has concluded that we must further limit the number of nominees attending the [ceremony]. Although invitations have just been mailed out, nominated teams of three or more will now be limited to no more than four tickets per nomination. Unfortunately, this means not all nominees will be able to attend this year’s awards.” As a result, both the ceremony and the red carpet may seem more muted than in previous pre-pandemic years.

Who will host the Emmy Awards 2021?

Comedian Cedric the Entertainer will serve as the host while presenters on the night are set to include Jennifer Coolidge, Beanie Feldstein, Sarah Paulson, Amy Poehler, Billy Porter, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kerry Washington, as well as Schitt’s Creek’s Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy and Catherine O’Hara who all took home awards last year.

When were the Emmy Awards 2021 nominees announced?

The Emmy Awards 2021 nominees were announced by Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones via a virtual weblink on 13 July 2021.

Who is nominated in the main categories for the Emmy Awards 2021?

While the Golden Globes famously overlooked the likes of I May Destroy You and Bridgerton at this year’s ceremony, the Emmys made no such mistake. Below, all of the nominees in full.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Cobra Kai
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Ted Lasso
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)
Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)
Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)
Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)
Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)
Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)
Juno Temple  (Ted Lasso)
Hannah Waddingham  (Ted Lasso)
Outstanding Drama Series
The Boys
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
This Is Us
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)
O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale)
John Lithgow (Perry Mason)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Michael K Williams (Lovecraft Country)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Gillian Anderson (The Crown)
Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country)
Emerald Fennell (The Crown)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Outstanding Limited Series
I May Destroy You
Mare of Easttown
The Queen’s Gambit
The Underground Railroad
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)
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
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)
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)
Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)
Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You)
Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)
Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown)
Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)
Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)
Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)
Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown)
Jean Smart (Mare of Easttown)
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)

What are our predictions for the Emmy Awards 2021?

Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso received 20 nods, making it the most nominated freshman comedy series in Emmys history and presumably a shoo-in for Outstanding Comedy. For his irrepressibly buoyant lead performance in the latter, Jason Sudeikis is set to walk away with Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while Jean Smart should do the same for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Hacks.

In the drama category, The Crown is widely expected to dominate, with both Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson tipped to win Outstanding Lead Actress and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Meanwhile, the limited series category is perhaps the most competitive with I May Destroy You, Mare of Easttown, The Queen’s Gambit and WandaVision – and their stars Michaela Coel, Kate Winslet, Anya Taylor-Joy and Elizabeth Olsen – all in contention.

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