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Here are the nominees for the 2021 Emmy Awards

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Cedric The Entertainer and will air on Sunday, September 19 on CBS

{Clockwise top left-right): Mare Of Easttown, Ted Lasso, Hacks, I May Destroy You
{Clockwise top left-right): Mare Of Easttown, Ted Lasso, Hacks, I May Destroy You
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After a strange year, this year’s Emmys promises a return to traditional form with a live-in person ceremony hosted by Cedric The Entertainer on September 19. But while COVID-19 forced The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to get creative in 2020, the pandemic isn’t completely finished with the Emmys. Pandemic-related filming delays mean many fan favorites and past Emmy contenders—including Succession, Stranger Things, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—will be ineligible for awards this year. However, the list of shows that are eligible and have scored nominations include: Mare Of Easttown, I May Destroy You, Hacks, Shrill, The Underground Railroad, and The Flight Attendant.

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Other changes to the post-pandemic Emmy this year include: a new category for anthology series and stunt performers receiving their own category. The Television Academy has yet to do away with gendered labels for acting categories, but winners will now be able to request that their statues and nomination certificates have the gender neutral terms “actor” and “performer.” At the end of 2020, The Academy also decided to collapse “Variety Talk and Variety Sketch Series” into a single category; but after backlash and lobbying from late-night producers, they reversed the rule in February of this year.

This year, the Emmy nominees were announced at a live event led by father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting), who teamed up with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 19.


Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Conan
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish
Cobra Kai
Emily In Paris
Hacks
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Pen15
Ted Lasso

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Shrill
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Allison Janney, Mom
Jean Smart, Hacks

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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Michael Douglas, The Kominksy Method
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

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Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series

The Underground Railroad
Mare Of Easttown
The Queen’s Gambit
I May Destroy You
WandaVision

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Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Or Anthology series Or A Movie

Paul Bettany, Wandavision
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ewan McGregor, Halston
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

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Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology series Or A 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

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Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys
Bridgerton
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Pose
This Is Us

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Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

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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

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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

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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
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

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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

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Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Carly Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

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Supporting Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

Renée Elise Goldberry, Hamilton
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit
Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown
Jean Smart, Mare Of Easttown
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

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Supporting Actor In A Limited Or Anthology 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

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For a complete list of nominees, check out the official Emmys website.

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