The early 2021 AWARDS SZN phase felt like a whirlwind. Guess that’s what happens as awards organizations try and get back to normal during a global pandemic. Either way, the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations rang off earlier today, and it was an interesting look at the year of 2020-2021 television season, which itself should be an interesting time frame in the grand scheme of television history.
For this year's batch of Emmy nominations, there are some intriguing stories to chase. The streaming wars are heating up, with providers still trying to figure out how they present their nominations. In other eras, there is real history being made, as well as some overall awesome appreciations of fine TV work. That said, There are a number of snubs and shutouts that, while unsurprising, need to be noted altogether. And of course, Marvel Studios continues to make their way into the awards scene.
For those of you who want to dive a bit deeper into the storylines, facts, and snubs of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, we’ve got you covered.
The MCU makes a superhero landing
The 'Snowfall' snubs continue
Nominations ripped from the headlines
Lovecraft's last laugh
'I May Destroy You' finally gets some recognition
'Small Axe' surprisingly snubbed
The 'Ted Lasso' cast nets four nominations
Rosie Perez receives first acting Emmy nomination
'Pose' star MJ Rodriguez makes history
Among the nine nominations FX’s Pose picked up for its final season (which wrapped up back in June) is MJ Rodriguez’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination, which marks the first time a transgender performer has been nominated in a lead acting role in a primetime series.
Rodriguez, who portrays Blanca Rodriguez on the critically-acclaimed series, took to Instagram to celebrate. “I’m still on cloud nine,” Rodriguez wrote in the caption of a video highlighting the naming of the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominees. “I truly can’t believe it!”
Later, Rodriguez runs across the screen, obviously elated. “Thank you @televisionacad,” Rodriguez continues. “I’m still gagging. I didn’t get on cam am that much cause I looked a mess!! Lord Jesus I’m #EmmyNominated” —khal
Streaming gets weird
'Black Is King' is shut out
Earlier this month, AWARDS SZN prognosticators had their eyes on Beyoncé’s Black Is King, which already nabbed a Best Music Film Grammy nomination earlier this year. Golden Derby speculated that there may be some AWARDS SZN buzz surrounding Black Is King, which could have net Beyoncé the insane distinction of being just one of eight Black women to be nominated for an Emmy in Directing. Unsurprisingly, the visual album that was born out of her Lion King soundtrack album, The Lion King: The Gift, was completely snubbed at this year’s Primetime Emmys. Mind you, that’s as other creatives behind Black Is King continue to make their way into the mainstream. This also isn’t the first time a Beyoncé project has been snubbed; Beyoncé has also never won any of the eight Emmys she has been nominated for, and for that fact alone, the Emmys may as well not exist. —khal