Diversity, firsts and more facts from the Emmy 2021 nominations


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Elizabeth Olsen (left) and Paul Bettany in a scene from 'WandaVision'. The programme was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding limited series. Photo: Disney+

When the nominations were announced Tuesday (July 13) both Netflix's The Crown and the Disney+ series The Mandalorian grabbed 24 of them, the most for a single series.

Following closely behind was WandaVision – the Disney+ nostalgia-TV mashup/Marvel superhero saga – with 23.

Although 2020 wasn't the best year ever for TV, there's a good argument to be made that it was the most important one in the history of the medium.

Broadcast, cable and streaming platforms became gathering places for people dealing with fear and isolation during the pandemic.

There were no couch potatoes last year, only passengers on sofa lifeboats headed for a safe harbor.

'The Mandalorian' received 24 Emmy nominations. Photo: Disney +'The Mandalorian' received 24 Emmy nominations. Photo: Disney +

Check out an assorted facts and figures drawn from the nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards:

Emerald Fennell finds honours across fields

Fresh off an Oscar win for best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, which she also directed, Renaissance woman Emerald Fennell has earned an Emmy nomination for acting.

She’s up for best supporting actress in a drama for playing Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown.

Fennell previously earned two nominations for her writing and producing of Killing Eve in 2019.

Diversity firsts

Mj Rodriguez of Pose, nominated for best actress in a drama, breaks ground as the first trans woman to be nominated in a lead acting category.

She's the third trans person overall to be nominated, after Laverne Cox’s 2014 guest drama actress nod for Orange is the New Black and Rain Valdez’s 2020 nomination for short form comedy or drama actress for Razor Tongue.

And Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, of the cancelled HBO sci-fi drama Lovecraft Country are the first Black actors to be nominated in the lead acting category for the same drama series.

They're among 46 people of colour nominated across all acting categories.

Timing is kind to Rashad

Phylicia Rashad got a nomination for her role in 'This Is Us'. Photo: APPhylicia Rashad got a nomination for her role in 'This Is Us'. Photo: APPhylicia Rashad landed her third straight Emmy nomination for This Is Us after getting harsh criticism for her celebration of the freeing of her former co-star Bill Cosby.

The voting that led to Rashad's nod for best guest actress in a drama series ended on June 28, two days before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed Cosby's sexual assault conviction and allowed him to be released from prison.

Rashad celebrated the move by tweeting "FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”

Her critics included Howard University, where she had just been made dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Rashad later tweeted that "I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward.”

Rashad's first two Emmy nominations in 1985 and 1986 came for playing Cosby's wife Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

Apollo 73

At age 73, Carl Weathers has earned his first nomination for a major acting award with a nod for best guest actor in a drama series for The Mandalorian.

Best known for playing Apollo Creed in four Rocky films, the former NFL player has been acting since the mid-1970s in movies including Predator, Action Jackson and Happy Gilmore.

Noms by the numbers:

306: Emmy nominations through the years for Saturday Night Live.

With 21 new nods in 2021, the sketch institution extends a record that is unlikely ever to be broken.

It has nearly double the total of the closest contender, Game of Thrones which earned 161.

24: Nods for the queen and the bounty hunter.

The Crown and The Mandalorian are the year's top nominees with two dozen nods apiece.

23: Nominations for fake TV.

WandaVision with its synthesised faux-shows in the style of I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Malcolm In The Middle, has a shot at a whole bunch of very real Emmys.

20: Nominations for the coach.

The total for Ted Lasso tops the 19 earned by Glee in 2010 to make it the most nominated first-season comedy ever.

It fell just short of the record for a comedy series, 22, set by 30 Rock in 2009.

'Ted Lasso' was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series. Jason Sudeikis was also nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series and both Nick Mohammed and Brendan Hunt were nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series. Photo: Apple TV Plus'Ted Lasso' was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series. Jason Sudeikis was also nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series and both Nick Mohammed and Brendan Hunt were nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series. Photo: Apple TV Plus

6: First-time nominations for cast members of Ted Lasso.

Most of the half-dozen performers were virtually unknown in the United States before the upstart soccer comedy.

They include star Jason Sudeikis along with Brett Goldstein, Nick Mohammed, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift and Juno Temple.

5: First-time nominations for cast members of Hamilton.

There are few things Hamilton hasn’t done, few awards it hasn’t won, but the Broadway show’s television version on Disney+ brought the first career Emmy nods to Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo and Daveed Diggs.

4: Men from Ted Lasso nominated in the same category.

Goldstein, Mohammed, Swift and Brendan Hunt make up half the nominees for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

3: Actors nominated for two different shows.

Jean Smart in a scene from 'Hacks'. Smart was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding leading actress in a comedy series. Photo: HBO MaxJean Smart in a scene from 'Hacks'. Smart was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding leading actress in a comedy series. Photo: HBO MaxJean Smart is up for best actress in a comedy series for Hacks and best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie for Mare Of Easttown.

Aidy Bryant was nominated for best actress in a comedy for Shrill and best supporting actress in a comedy for Saturday Night Live.

Her SNL castmate Kenan Thompson was nominated for best supporting actor in a comedy for that show and best actor in a comedy for Kenan.

2: Nominees for best variety sketch series.

The category will be a game of one-on-one between Saturday Night Live and A Black Lady Sketch Show in a year of slim sketch pickings.

The relatively new category had just three nominees last year, but has included either five or six in every year since 2015.

1: Acting nomination for Rosie Perez.

The actress scored her first this year, for best supporting actress in a comedy series in The Flight Attendant

Her Emmy noms resume is deep and diversified, though.

She was nominated three times for her choreography on In Living Color and once as a host on The View.

0: The number of times Netflix has won the Emmys top prize, best drama series.

Gillian Anderson in a scene from 'The Crown'. Anderson was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. Photo: NetflixGillian Anderson in a scene from 'The Crown'. Anderson was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. Photo: NetflixDespite a dominant performance in the sheer number of nominations in recent years, it hasn't managed to crack this top prize.

It has a very strong chance this year to finally win best drama series with top nominee The Crown. – AP/ Tribune News Service

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