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The 2021 Emmy nominations are here, and this is a pretty special group, considering the past year of television was a wonky one, with just about every TV production out there being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seasons were shortened, crowd shots were limited, studio audiences were eliminated, and live-action guest stars were largely kept to a minimum. Still, that didn't stop a ton of shows from delivering captivating and scenes, episodes and entire seasons worthy of Emmy love, from the MCU's leap to streaming on Disney+ to Elisabeth Moss' harrowing journey on The Handmaid's Tale to a plethora of other examples. (Yes, Succession's Roy family, you're definitely part of that group.)

With the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards set to air in mid-September, the father-daughter duo of Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones were tapped to announce all of the nominations for this year's ceremony. They're quite the deserving pair, too, considering he took home the trophy in both 2018 and 2020 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama, and she took home the win in 2020 for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her work on the streaming series #freerayshawn. So without further ado, let's take a look at all the hopeful nominees below.

Outstanding Drama Series

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

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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us
Jonathan Majors - Lovecraft Country
Josh O'Connor - The Crown
Rege-Jean Page - Bridgerton
Billy Porter - Pose
Matthew Rhys - Perry Mason

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Aunjanue Ellis - Lovecraft Country
Emerald Fennell - The Crown
Gillian Anderson - The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter - The Crown
Yvonne Strahovski - The Handmaid's Tale
Samira Wiley - The Handmaid's Tale
Madeline Brewer - The Handmaid's Tale
Ann Dowd - The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Michael K. Williams - Lovecraft Country
John Lithgow - Perry Mason
Tobias Menzies - The Crown
Max Minghella - The Handmaid's Tale
Bradley Whitford - The Handmaid's Tale
O-T Fagbenle - The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Sophie Okonedo - Ratched
Claire Foy - The Crown
Alexis Bledel - The Handmaid's Tale
McKenna Grace - The Handmaid's Tale
Phylicia Rashad - This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Courtney B. Vance - Lovecraft Country
Charles Dance - The Crown
Don Cheadle - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Timothy Olyphant - The Mandalorian
Carl Weathers - The Mandalorian

kaley cuoco in the flight attendant

Outstanding Comedy Series

black-ish
Cobra Kai
Emily in Paris
Hacks
The Flight Attendant
The Kominsky Method
Pen15
Ted Lasso

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 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 Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Einbinder - Hacks
Aidy Bryant - Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Cecily Strong - Saturday Night Live
Juno Temple - Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham - Ted Lasso
Rosie Perez - The Flight Attendant

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Yvette Nicole Brown - A Black Lady Sketch Show
Issa Rae - A Black Lady Sketch Show
Jane Adams - Hacks
Maya Rudolph - Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig - Saturday Night Live
Bernadette Peters - Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Dan Levy - Saturday Night Live
Alec Baldwin - Saturday Night Live
Dave Chappelle - Saturday Night Live
Daniel Kaluuya - Saturday Night Live
Morgan Freeman - The Kominsky Method

Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series

I May Destroy You
Mare of Easttown
The Queen's Gambit
The Underground Railroad
WandaVision

Outstanding Television Movie

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square
Oslo
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Sylvie's Love
Uncle Frank

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited/Anthology Series or Movie

Michaela Cole - I May Destroy You
Cynthia Erivo - Genius: Aretha 
Elizabeth Olsen - WandaVision
Anya Taylor-Joy - The Queen's Gambit
Kate Winslet - Mare of Easttown

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 Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Phillipa Soo - Hamilton
Renée Elise Goldsberry - Hamilton
Julianne Nicholson - Mare of Easttown
Jean Smart - Mare of Easttown
Moses Ingram - The Queen's Gambit
Kathryn Hahn - WandaVision

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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

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 Competition Program

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

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

Nicole Byer - Nailed It!
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness - Queen Eye
RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary - Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons - Top Chef

Outstanding Variety Sketch Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

8:46 - Dave Chappelle
A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote
Bo Burnham - Inside
David Byrne's American Utopia
Friends: The Reunion
Hamilton

Outstanding Animated Program

Big Mouth
Bob's Burgers
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal
South Park: The Pandemic Special
The Simpsons

At this time, the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air on CBS on Sunday, September 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see what shows will probably be making the nomination list next year, check out the 2021 Summer TV schedule as well as all the 2021 Fall TV premieres that have been announced so far.

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