The 73rd Annual Emmy Award Nominations Are Very Black

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Misha Green’s horror series Lovecraft Country received a total of 18 Emmy Award nominations. 

The 73rd annual Emmy Award nominations are officially in and they’re very Black.

I May Destroy You, Lovecraft Country and black-ish are a few Black-helmed show up for nominations this year. This might come as a shock, but for many who spent the pandemic binge-watching a plethora of TV shows or limited series on their favorite streamers, you’re probably not surprised. The projects we mentioned above were stunning depictions of the art Black creatives have been shelling out in recent years. 

Misha Green’s horror series Lovecraft Country received a total of 18 nominations. Among them, a few of the noms that stick out to us are Jonathan Majors (Drama Actor), Jurnee Smollet (Drama Actress), Aunjanue Ellis (Drama Supporting Actress), Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Special Visual Effects In A Season or a Movie.

For her work in Pose, Mj Rodriguez becomes the first trans actress to be nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series”category. Also, Billy Porter received a nod in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category and  Tracee Ellis Ross scored a nomination for black-ish.

Additional standouts we couldn’t help but notice: Sterling K. Brown’s role in This Is Us (Lead Actor, Drama) and Regé-Jean Page’s portrayal of a respected duke was recognized in the Lead Actor in a Drama category. Michaela Coel’s well-deserved nom for Best Actress in I May Destroy You is a breath of fresh air, she also snagged eight others. 

Cedric The Entertainer will host the 73rd Emmys which will be presented in person on Sunday, September 19. The ceremony will live on CBS and on the Paramount+ streaming service starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

Comedy Series


“Cobra Kai”

“Emily in Paris”

“The Flight Attendant”


“The Kominsky Method”


“Ted Lasso”

 Drama Series

The Boys


The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


This Is Us

Limited or Anthology Series

“I May Destroy You”

“Mare of Easttown”

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Underground Railroad”


Lead Actress, Comedy

Aidy Bryant, “Shrill”

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”

Lead Actress, Drama

Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Emma Corrin, “The Crown”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”

Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”

Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”

Lead Actor, Drama

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Regé-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”

Limited Series

“I May Destroy You”

“Mare of Easttown”

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Underground Railroad”


Lead Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”

Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”

Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”

Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”

Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant”

Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”

Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Hacks”

Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”

Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso”

Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso”

Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso”

Supporting Actress, Drama

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”

Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Aunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”

Supporting Actor, Drama

Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”

O-T Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”

Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

John Lithgo, “Perry Mason”

Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”

Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”

Jean Smart, “Mare of Easttown”

Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”

Paapa Essiedu, “I May Destroy You”

Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”

TV Movie

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square”


“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”

“Sylvie’s Love”

“Uncle Frank”

Guest Actor, Comedy

Morgan Freeman, “The Kominsky Method”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Saturday Night Live”

Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”

Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”

Dan Levy, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actor, Drama

Charles Dance, “The Crown”

Don Cheadle, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”

Carl Weathers, “The Mandalorian”

Timothy Olyphant, “The Mandalorian”

Guest Actress, Comedy

Yvette Nicole Brown, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Issa Rae, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Jane Adams, “Hacks”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

Bernadette Peters, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Guest Actress, Drama

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

McKenna Grace, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Sophie Okonedo, “Ratched”

Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”

Variety Talk Series


“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Variety Special (Live)

“Celebrating America — An Inauguration Night Special”

“The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards”

“The Oscars”

“The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd”

“Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020”

Variety Sketch Series

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

“Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Competition Series

“The Amazing Race”

“Nailed It!”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Host, Reality or Competition Program

Nicole Byer, “Nailed It!”

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”

RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank”

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, “Top Chef”

Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”

“Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special”

“Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”

“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”


Documentary or Nonfiction Special

“The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”

“Boys State”

“Framing Britney Spears, The New York Times Presents”

“The Social Dilemma”


Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

“Allen v. Farrow”

“American Masters”

“City So Real”

“Pretend It’s A City”

“Secrets Of The Whales”

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

“Dick Johnson Is Dead”

“76 Days”

“Welcome To Chechnya”

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow”

“Property Brothers: Forever Home”

Queer Eye”

“Running Wild With Bear Grylls”

“Shark Tank”

Unstructured Reality Program


“Below Deck”

“Indian Matchmaking”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked”

“Selling Sunset”


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