HBO and its WarnerMedia's streaming service beat rival Netflix by a single nomination. Meanwhile, Disney+ ranked third with 71 nominations thanks to WandaVision and The Mandalorian. In fact, The Mandalorian and The Crown tied for the most nominations with 24 apiece, followed by WandaVision's 23, The Handmaid’s Tale's 21, Saturday Night Live's 21, Ted Lasso's 20, Lovecraft Country's 18, The Queen's Gambit's 18 and Mare of Easttown's 16. "It’s been a tumultuous year for TV, the entertainment industry and the country at large," says Variety's Michael Schneider. "But at least at the Emmys, one constant remains: Netflix and HBO continue to duke it out at the top of the nomination list, followed by everyone else. This year, however, the decision to count HBO and HBO Max under one tally will likely spark plenty of controversy, as Netflix would still hold bragging rights over HBO and HBO Max as singular entities. Separately, HBO received 94 awards, and HBO Max picked up 36 noms. And then there’s the Walt Disney Co., which also could claim supremacy when all of its platforms are combined, to 146 nominations: ABC (23), Disney Plus’ 71, Freeform 1, FX Networks’ 16, Hulu’s 25 and Nat Geo’s 10. With so many new streamers in the game in 2021, there’s signs of a shake up in the force. The rise of new streaming services peddling prestige fare is having an impact in the Emmy race, and this year, that includes big entries from relative newbies Apple TV Plus and HBO Max.
Kaley Cuoco celebrates her first-ever Emmy nomination: After years of being snubbed for her Big Bang Theory work, Cuoco finally broke through with The Flight Attendant, earning a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series. “I have no voice to say how happy I am,” she said in an Instagram video. “First timer over here,” Cuoco wrote in the caption alongside a crying face emoji. “Thank you @televisionacad for a moment I will never forget. 9 nods for team @flightattendantonmax. Thank you thank you to my entire flight crew!!!! Surreal.”