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Emmy nominations 2021: See the contenders for TV's biggest prize

See this year's nominees for the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
/ Source: TODAY

After one of the most challenging years in television history during the pandemic, the nominees for the best of the small screen at this year's 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning.

Actor Ron Cephas Jones and his daughter, actor Jasmine Cephas Jones, announced the nominees at Tuesday's ceremony. The father and daughter each made history last year when they won Emmys themselves for their performances on "This Is Us" and "#Freerayshawn," respectively.

The nominees for the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced ahead of this year's awards show on Sept. 19. Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images

Shows must have aired between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, in order to be eligible for this year's Emmys. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is also allowing any person nominated as an actor or actress to request that their nomination certificate and Emmy statuette this year use the term "performer" instead of actor or actress if they want.

This year's Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and will air on Sept. 19 on CBS and stream live on Paramount+. The event will also return in person to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with an audience of nominees and their guests after being held virtually last year.

Lead Actor, Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"

Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"

William H. Macy, "Shameless"

Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"

Kenan Thompson, "Kenan"

Lead Actress, Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, "Shrill"

Kaley Cuoco, "The Flight Attendant"

Allison Janney, "Mom"

Tracee Ellis Ross, "Black-ish"

Jean Smart, "Hacks"

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”


"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Lead Actor, 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"

Lead Actress, 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 Competition Program

“The Amazing Race"

"Nailed It!"

"RuPaul's Drag Race"

"Top Chef"

"The Voice"

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, "WandaVision"

Hugh Grant, "The Undoing"

Ewan McGregor, "Halston"

Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"

Leslie Odom, Jr., "Hamilton"

Lead Actress, Limited Series

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 Limited Series

"I May Destroy You"

"Mare of Easttown"

"The Queen's Gambit"

"The Underground Railroad"


Outstanding Comedy Series


"Cobra Kai"

"Emily in Paris"


"The Flight Attendant"

"The Kominsky Method"


"Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Boys"


"The Crown"

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"Lovecraft Country"

"The Mandalorian"


"This Is Us"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Bowen Yang, "Saturday Night Live"

Kenan Thompson, "Saturday Night Live"

Brett Goldstein, "Ted Lasso"

Brendan Hunt, "Ted Lasso"

Jeremy Swift, "Ted Lasso"

Paul Reiser, "The Kominsky Method"

Nick Mohammed, "Ted Lasso"

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, "Hacks"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Hannah Einbinder, "Hacks"

Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"

Cecily Strong, "Saturday Night Live"

Juno Temple, "Ted Lasso"

Aidy Bryant, "Saturday Night Live"

Rosie Perez, "The Flight Attendant"

Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Michael K. Williams, "Lovecraft Country"

Bradley Whitford, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Tobias Menzies, "The Crown"

Max Minghella, "The Handmaid's Tale"

O-T Fagbenle, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Chris Sullivan, "This Is Us"

John Lithgow, "Perry Mason"

Giancarlo Esposito, "The Mandalorian"

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, "The Crown"

Helena Bonham Carter, "The Crown"

Yvonne Strahovski, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Emerald Fennell, "The Crown"

Aunjanue Ellis, "Lovecraft Country"

Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Samira Wiley, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Madeline Brewer, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Outstanding Television Movie


"Uncle Frank"

"Sylvie's Love"

"Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia"

"Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square"

Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series

Dave Chappelle, "Saturday Night Live"

Alec Baldwin, "Saturday Night Live"

Morgan Freeman, "The Kominsky Method"

Daniel Kaluuya, "Saturday Night Live"

Dan Levy, "Saturday Night Live"

Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series

Maya Rudolph, "Saturday Night Live"

Yvette Nicole Brown, "A Black Lady Sketch Show"

Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

Issa Rae, "A Black Lady Sketch Show"

Jane Adams, "Hacks"

Bernadette Peters, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"

Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series

Courtney B. Vance, "Lovecraft Country"

Timothy Olyphant, "The Mandalorian"

Charles Dance, "The Crown"

Don Cheadle, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"

Carl Weathers, "The Mandalorian"

Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Claire Foy, "The Crown"

McKenna Grace, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Phylicia Rashad, "This Is Us"

Sophie Okonedo, "Ratched"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Daveed Diggs, "Hamilton"

Evan Peters, "Mare of Easttown"

Jonathan Groff, "Hamilton"

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, "The Queen's Gambit"

Anthony Ramos, "Hamilton"

Paapa Essiedu, "I May Destroy You"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Jean Smart, "Mare of Easttown"

Julianne Nicholson, "Mare of Easttown"

Moses Ingram, "The Queen's Gambit"

Kathryn Hahn, "WandaVision"

Renee Elise Goldsberry, "Hamilton"

Phillipa Soo, "Hamilton"

Outstanding Variety/Sketch Series

"A Black Lady Sketch Show"

"Saturday Night Live"

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

RuPaul, "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, "Queer Eye"

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O'Leary, "Shark Tank"

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons, "Top Chef"

Nicole Byer, "Nailed It!"