The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday, and despite the pandemic, the show will go on.
HBO has the most nominations this year with 130 — though, that alone has been a source of controversy, given the combined tally of HBO and HBO Max — and Netflix is right behind with 129. Streaming has a strong showing at this year’s awards with Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus getting a boost from “WandaVision,” “The Mandalorian” and “Ted Lasso,” respectively.
To discuss what to expect at this year’s ceremony, Variety‘s senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister sits down with deputy TV editor, Mike Schneider; senior entertainment writer, Angelique Jackson; and awards editor, Clayton Davis.
The panel predicts that “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” will be big winners of the night, along with MJ Rodriguez, who is poised to make history (again!) as the first trans actor to win a major acting award for her role in “Pose.”
With two major losses in the Hollywood community this month, Norm Macdonald and Michael K. Williams will surely be honored by the Television Academy during the telecast’s “In Memoriam” segment, and many expect the late Williams to win a posthumous Emmy for his role in “Lovecraft Country,” which would be a highly emotional moment during the night.
With ratings widely down across the board for all award shows (and this year’s Emmys will likely be no exception) producers are hoping for a lively telecast that brings together the best in the television business — although, with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, not all of the nominees are even able to attend.