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An Overview of the 73rd Annual Emmys

Last year, due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 Emmys were forced to do something completely out of the ordinary. How do you host an awards show filled with hundreds of celebrities and filmmakers all in one place and still keep everyone safe? The answer lies in video chat. Award winners were forced to stay home and make their acceptance speeches over video call, rather than in-person, for everyone’s safety. It was a weird year for award shows, and now in the back half of 2021, things in Hollywood seem to be starting to get back to some semblance of normalcy. This year, the show was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and was held in-person, with reduced attendance, at the Event Deck at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. 

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The show was filled with fun gags and celebrity antics that made the show feel a lot more lively than the previous years’. There was a joke about the whole “Mike Pence with a fly on his head” moment that happened last year. Conan O’Brien made audiences laugh by shouting enthusiastically and giving a salute to Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma as the latter went on stage to talk about the television industry. Conan later appeared on-stage during Stephen Colbert’s win for last year’s live election night special, cheering and applauding. Seth Rogen also made headlines during his presentation for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”, where he jokingly complained about the Emmys’ safety measures. “We’re in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this!” he says. “It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided,”.

Most important of all, however, is the awards from Sunday night. ‘Ted Lasso’ made a big splash with its first season, earning 20 nominations (breaking the previous record from ‘Glee’). On awards night, it left its mark, winning Outstanding Comedy Series while Jason Sudeikis won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, winning his first-ever Emmy. Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham also secured the Supporting Actor and Actress Awards as well.

Meanwhile, in the drama department, ‘The Crown’ took home all the big awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series along with the four big drama awards: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress. This period drama took home the most awards Sunday night, winning 7 and sweeping the main drama categories. For Limited Series, ‘Mare of Easttown’ was very warmly received at the Emmys, with Kate Winslet, Evan Peters, and Julianne Nicholson winning Outstanding Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. While many people were expecting Anya Taylor-Joy to win over Kate Winslet, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ was able to take the award for Outstanding Limited Series.

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But even with numerous surprise wins, there were equally as many upsets. The critically acclaimed dystopian drama ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was nominated for a whopping 21 awards, but didn’t win a single one. That’s jaw-dropping. How does a series garner this many nominations but not win any of them? Many were expecting ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to win at least one award, but the show was completely shut out on Sunday night. Another shocker came with the fact that Conan O’Brien failed to win the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series with his late-night talk series ‘Conan’, which ended earlier this year. John Oliver took the award home, acknowledging O’Brien and his impact on entertainment during his acceptance speech.

‘WandaVision’ was a fan-favorite going into the Emmys this year. Marvel’s first original series of the year was praised for the performances of its leads, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and its unique concept. Even with 8 nominations, the show sadly did not garner a single win.

Overall, the 2021 Emmys ran pretty successfully. With a decent crowd and awards finally in person, the show was a fun bounceback from an awkward year of virtual COVID-centered award shows. While shows like ‘Ted Lasso’, ‘The Crown’ and ‘Mare of Easttown’ swept many of the awards this year, it was nice to see other shows still win big, like Ewan McGregor winning for the limited series ‘Halston’ and Jean Smart winning for the new comedy series ‘Hacks’. The show was a breath of fresh air compared to last year’s ceremony, and it’s a welcome step back into normalcy.

Emmys 2021 – Listed below are some of the major awards, along with their nominations and wins.

(Winners of each category are listed in bold lettering)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jason Sudeikis in ‘Ted Lasso’

Anthony Anderson in ‘Black-ish’

Michael Douglas in ‘The Kominsky Method’

William H. Macy in ‘Shameless’

Kenan Thompson in ‘Kenan’

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Jean Smart in ‘Hacks’

Aidy Bryant in ‘Shrill’

Kaley Cuoco in ‘The Flight Attendant’

Allison Janney in ‘Mom’

Tracee Ellis Ross in ‘Black-ish’

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brett Goldstein in ‘Ted Lasso’

Carl Clemons-Hopkins in ‘Hacks’

Brendan Hunt in ‘Ted Lasso’

Nick Mohammed in ‘Ted Lasso’

Paul Reiser in ‘The Kominsky Method’

Jeremy Swift in ‘Ted Lasso’

Kenan Thompson in ‘Saturday Night Live’

Bowen Yang in ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Waddingham in ‘Ted Lasso’

Aidy Bryant in ‘Saturday Night Live’

Hannah Einbinder in ‘Hacks’

Kate McKinnon in ‘Saturday Night Live’

Rosie Perez in ‘The Flight Attendant’

Cecily Strong in ‘Saturday Night Live’

Juno Temple in ‘Ted Lasso’

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Josh O’Connor in ‘The Crown’

Sterling K. Brown in ‘This is Us’

Jonathan Majors in ‘Lovecraft Country’

Regé-Jean Page in ‘Bridgerton’

Billy Porter in ‘Pose’

Matthew Rhys in ‘Perry Mason’

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Olivia Colman on ‘The Crown’

Uzo Aduba in ‘In Treatment’

Emma Corrin in ‘The Crown’

Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Mj Rodriguez in ‘Pose’

Jurnee Smollett in ‘Lovecraft Country’

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Tobias Menzies in ‘The Crown’

Giancarlo Esposito in ‘The Mandalorian’

O-T Fagbenie in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

John Lithgow in ‘Perry Mason’

Max Minghella in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Chris Sullivan in ‘This is Us’

Bradley Whitford in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Michael K. Williams in ‘Lovecraft Country’

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson in ‘The Crown’

Helena Bonham Carter in ‘The Crown’

Madeline Brewer in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Ann Dowd in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Aunjanue Ellis in ‘Lovecraft Country’

Emerald Fennell in ‘The Crown’

Yvonne Strahovski in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Samira Wiley in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Ewan McGregor in ‘Halston’

Paul Bettany in ‘WandaVision’

Hugh Grant in ‘The Undoing’

Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton’

Leslie Odom Jr. in ‘Hamilton’

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Kate Winslet in ‘Mare of Easttown’

Michaela Coel in ‘I May Destroy You’

Cynthia Erivo in ‘Genius: Aretha’

Elizabeth Olsen in ‘WandaVision’

Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Evan Peters in ‘Mare of Easttown’

Thomas Brodie-Sangster in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Daveed Diggs in ‘Hamilton’

Paapa Essiedu in ‘I May Destroy You’

Jonathan Groff in ‘Hamilton’

Anthony Ramos in ‘Hamilton’

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Julianne Nicholson in ‘Mare of Easttown’

Renée Elise Goldsberry in ‘Hamilton’

Kathryn Hahn in ‘WandaVision’

Moses Ingram in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Jean Smart in ‘Mare of Easttown’

Phillipa Soo in ‘Hamilton’

Outstanding Comedy Series

‘Ted Lasso’

‘Cobra Kai’

‘Emily in Paris’

‘The Flight Attendant’


‘The Kominsky Method’


Outstanding Drama Series

‘The Crown’

‘The Boys’


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

‘Lovecraft Country’

‘The Mandalorian’


‘This Is Us’

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

‘The Queen’s Gambit’

‘I May Destroy You’

‘Mare of Easttown’

‘The Underground Railroad’


Outstanding Competition Program

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

‘The Amazing Race’

‘Nailed It!’

‘Top Chef’

‘The Voice’

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’


‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

‘Saturday Night Live’

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

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

‘Celebrating America: An Inauguration Night Special’

‘The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards’

‘The Oscars’

‘The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd’

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)


‘Bo Burnham: Inside’

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’

‘8:46: Dave Chappelle’

‘Friends: The Reunion’

‘A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote’

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