You know how we feel about awards ceremonies and associated Hollywood pomp around here. Pretty much all of us, from contributors to all of our Outposters, are arrayed on a scale somewhere between snark and full-on disdain.

The back-slapping, the self-congratulation, the “Who are you wearing?” red carpet wastes of oxygen. Usually, we either point and laugh, even for the Oscars, or we completely ignore them.

That was the drill for the 2021 Emmy Nominations. Then we looked again at the list and we started to see something potentially emerging. The awards “Glass Ceiling” has been cracking lately, faced with a geek onslaught Things like an Oscar Nomination for Black Panther have happened.

That cracking appears to be close to a shattering. Look at the list! WandaVision, The Boys, The Mandalorian. All well presented, some with several nominations. The big news for us is Cobra-Kai. Saved from YouTube by Netflix, now one of their biggest shows and still some of the best fun you can have in front of the TV with your pants on. It is finally getting recognition, with an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination.

The geeks are marching on the world of television? As the movies continue to disappoint and patronize, is the world of television and streaming now where the action is?

Apologies as we leave our usual formatting at the door for this list. Yes, we copied and pasted them and yes, we are too lazy to reformat the whole list. I am off work tomorrow and today feels like Friday. Sue me!

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Boys”
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Mandalorian”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Cobra Kai”
“Emily In Paris”
“The Flight Attendant”
“The Kominsky Method”
“Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Limited/Anthology Series

“I May Destroy You”
“Mare of Easttown”
“The Queen’s Gambit”
“The Underground Railroad”

Lead Actor (Drama Series)

Sterling K Brown (“This Is Us”)
Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Rege-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”)

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”)

Lead Actor (Limited/Anthology Movie)

Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”)
Leslie Odom Jr (“Hamilton”)

Lead Actress (Limited/Anthology Movie)

Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
Cynthia Erivo (“In Treatment”)
Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)

Supporting Actor (Drama Series)

Giancarlo Esposito (“The Mandalorian”)
O-T Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Max Minghella (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Michael K. Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)

Supporting Actress (Drama Series)

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Madeline Brewer (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“Lovecraft Country”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Samara Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor (Comedy Series)

Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hacks”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)
Paul Reiser (“The Kominsky Method”)
Jeremy Swift (“Ted Lasso”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)

Supporting Actress (Comedy Series)

Aidy Bryant (“SNL”)
Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”)
Kate McKinnon (“SNL”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)
Cecily Strong (“SNL”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)

Supporting Actress (Limited/Anthology Movie)

Phillipa Soo (“Hamilton”)
Renee Elise Goldsbery (“Hamilton”)
Jean Smart (“Mare of Easttown”)
Julianne Nicholson (“Mare of Easttown”)
Moses Ingram (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
Kathryn Hahn (“WandaVision”)

Supporting Actor (Limited/Anthology Movie)

Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”)
Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton”)
Anthony Ramos (“Hamilton”)
Paapa Essiedu (“I May Destroy You”)
Evan Peters (“WandaVision”)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

Outstanding Competition Series

“The Amazing Race”
“Nailed It!”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

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”

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