Emmy Awards: ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ lead the pack of nominees

The Crown, Netflix’s lavish portrait of the British royal family, and The Mandalorian, Disney’s sci-fi drama set in the Star Wars universe, led the pack of nominees for the 73rd Emmy Awards announced Tuesday morning, scooping up 24 nods apiece.

The other leading contenders are the Marvel miniseries WandaVision (23 nominations), the dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale (21), the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live (21) and the feel-good comedy Ted Lasso (20).

The crop of nominees were mostly drawn from streaming services, providing yet more evidence that on-demand viewing has dramatically reshaped the television landscape. HBO, driven in large part by its new streaming platform HBO Max, led all networks with 130 nods.

Netflix came in with the second-most nods of any network with 129, and Disney Plus — home of The Mandalorian and WandaVision — took third place with 71.

Here’s the full list of nominees

The Crown could deliver Netflix its first-ever trophy for best series. The fourth season of the show largely revolved around the marital troubles of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Emmy nominees Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin.

The eight contenders for best comedy series are Black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, The Flight Attendant, Hacks, The Kominsky Method, PEN15 and Ted Lasso. The favorite in the category is Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis as the happy-go-lucky coach of an English Premier League team.

The eight shows competing for best drama series are The Boys, Bridgerton, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose and This Is Us.

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Lovecraft picked up a respectable 18 nominations — a notable haul given that HBO recently canceled the horror series, which blended real-life racist terrors with fantastical thrills.

In the miniseries category, WandaVision was joined by the critical darlings The Queen’s Gambit, I May Destroy You, Mare of Easttown, and Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of The Underground Railroad.

The nominations were announced via livestream Tuesday by the father-and-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (NBC’s This Is Us”) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Starz’s Blindspotting”), as well as Television Academy chief executive Frank Scherma.

These nominations represent the work done in television through the most challenging year I can think of,” Scherma said in introductory remarks, describing this year’s nominees as a lifeline during the hardships of the pandemic.

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While many of us in our medium worked remotely throughout the last 18 months, I have to say it feels so good to be getting back on a set, he added.

The ceremony will air live on CBS on Sept. 19, and it will also be available to stream on Paramount Plus. Cedric the Entertainer will host the show.

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