Los Angeles: The Crown has tied with The Mandalorian for the most Emmy nominations with 24 apiece, but the Marvel universe also got bragging rights with runner-up WandaVision.
The nominations, announced on Wednesday morning AEST, reinforced the rapid rise of streaming, with the top-nominated scripted shows on services that largely emerged in the past two years. In the top three categories – drama, comedy and limited series – only the NBC show This Is Us snagged a nomination.
Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in The Crown, is among the Emmy nominees.Credit:Netflix
Australia’s Yvonne Strahovsky was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for The Handmaid’s Tale, however Nicole Kidman failed to receive a nomination for limited series The Undoing, while co-star Hugh Grant was recognised.
During an oppressive pandemic in which housebound viewers relied more than ever on television for distraction, TV academy voters recognised a varied mix of storytelling and a diverse group of actors and creators.
One example: Mj Rodriguez of Pose is the first transgender woman to be nominated in a lead acting category. The show also earned a best drama series nod.
Netflix’s The Crown received its fourth nomination for best series, and is likely the streaming service’s best chance to win its first-ever top series trophy. The British royal drama moved closer to contemporary events with its version of the courtship and rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin.
O’Connor and Corrin received lead drama acting nods, as did the series’ Olivia Colman for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, with a supporting bid to Gillian Anderson for her performance as prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
The showings by The Mandalorian, an extension of the Star Wars franchise, and the inventive WandaVison featuring the Marvel characters Wanda and Vision, put the shows in the ranks of past sci-fi and fantasy Emmy favourites Game of Thrones and Lost.
(Left) Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision.Credit:Marvel Studios
“I would never have thought in a million years that playing a witch in a Marvel show would lead to this. It’s like a dream,” said WandaVision co-star Kathryn Hahn. The show’s total of 23 nominations was especially sweet.
“I’m so moved that the whole of it has been recognised,” Hahn said. “It was incredibly difficult. It was a hard, hard shoot. But … the experience of making this meant so much to me and it was so unexpectedly deep.”
The frontrunner on the comedy side is the good-hearted Ted Lasso, about a middling American football coach imported to England to handle a soccer team. The Apple TV+ series received 20 nominations, including for top comedy, star Jason Sudeikis and six cast members.
Hacks, starring Jean Smart as a stand-up comedian who resists getting aged out of Las Vegas and life, was next with 15 nods, including a lead actor award for Smart and a supporting bid for Hannah Einbinder.
Smart, who some have said is enjoying a career “Jeannaisance,” earned a second nomination for her supporting role in Mare of Easttown. The limited series received 16 nods, including for star Kate Winslet.
Kate Winslet was nominated for Mare of Easttown.Credit:HBO/Foxtel
Among the other who doubled down on nominations: Saturday Night Live stars Kenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant, who received supporting acting bids for the variety show as well as lead comedy series acting nods for, respectively, Kenan and Shrill.
There were surprises, as usual. The critically acclaimed miniseries I May Destroy You and its star and creator, Michaela Coel, grabbed nine Emmy nods after being snubbed by the Golden Globes.
One blast from the past getting new respect: Cobra Kai, set 30 years after the events of the Karate Kid film, earned a best comedy nod and four nominations in all.
The nominees for best drama series are: The Boys; Bridgerton; The Crown; The Handmaid’s Tale; Lovecraft Country; The Mandalorian; Pose; This Is Us.
The nominees for best comedy series are: black-ish; Cobra Kai; Emily in Paris; The Flight Attendant; Hacks; The Kominsky Method; PEN15; Ted Lasso.
The nominees for best miniseries are: The Queen’s Gambit; I May Destroy You; Mare of Easttown; The Underground Railroad; WandaVision.
The nominees for best actress in a comedy series are: Aidy Bryant, Shrill; Jean Smart, Hacks; Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant; Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish; Allison Janney, Mom.
The nominees for best actor in a comedy series are: Anthony Anderson, black-ish; Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method; William H. Macy, Shameless; Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso; Kenan Thompson, Kenan.
The nominees for best actress in a drama series are: Emma Corrin, The Crown; Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale; Uzo Aduba, In Treatment; Olivia Colman, The Crown; Mj Rodriguez, Pose; Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country.
The nominees for best actor in a drama series are: 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.
The nominees for outstanding variety talk series are: Conan; The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; Jimmy Kimmel Live; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The nominees for best actor in a limited series or TV movie are: Paul Bettany, WandaVision; Hugh Grant, The Undoing; Ewan McGregor, Halston; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton; Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton.
The nominees for best actress in a limited series or TV movie are: 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.
Father-and-daughter actors Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting) and TV Academy head Frank Scherma announced the nominees.
The September 19 ceremony, which last year was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will air live from a theatre and include a limited in-person audience of nominees and guests. Cedric the Entertainer is the host.
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