Last year was a strange one all around, but especially for entertainment. Movie theaters were closed and countless movies were delayed, with many being released on streaming, and the TV, or its modern equivalent, was where we were forced to get the bulk of our entertainment. And now it’s time to start awarding that entertainment, with the announcement of the Emmy nominations, which are full of some of the past year’s most talked about, and geeked out about, shows.
Leading the pack of nominations were Netflix’s The Crown series about the royal family, and Disney+’s The Mandalorian series, which is not about Star Wars’ royal family (despite the end of season 2!), with each receiving 24 nominations, and WandaVision coming up right behind them with 23. Aside from WandaVision’s Best Limited Series and The Mandalorian’s Best Drama Series nominations, many of those noms were for technical categories. But WandaVision’s leads, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, as well as guest star Kathryn Hahn, were recognized, as were Mando’s Carl Weathers, Timothy Olyphant, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Disney+ also scored with some nominations for Hamilton, which came out a year ago and still qualified because the window runs from June 1, 2020, to May 1, 2021, which disqualified some big shows like Succession (season three coming this fall), Curb, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, and the currently-airing Loki. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was eligible, but somehow only Don Cheadle’s cameo received a nomination! Netflix sensation The Queen’s Gambit got a number of nods, as did HBO’s recent Mare of Easttown, both as limited series. Another hot property that got recognized? The Boys, which is up for Best Drama Series (and has a third season on the way), as is Lovecraft Country (which won’t be getting a second season).
In the comedy category, The Dad favorite Ted Lasso (the second season hits July 23rd!) is definitely a frontrunner in the Best Comedy category, with star Jason Sudeikis and a whole collection of his castmates (Brett Goldstein FTW!), but it will have some stiff competition from other shows, including another The Dad favorite, Cobra Kai, which will debut it’s fourth season later this year.
Thepandemic may have reshuffled some properties and significantly – irrevocably? – altered the way we consume entertainment, but one thing is for sure: it’s a great time to be a geek, and a dad, who loves TV.
Check out the full list of nominees on the Emmys website, and root for your favorites when the ceremony airs in September.