Emmys 2021: 5 Major Questions That Need Answers for This Year’s Show

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday, Sept. 19. This year, Bo Burnham, Netflix, and Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso stand to win big. TV fans won’t have to wait much longer to find out who will take home one or more Emmys this year. Soon, we’ll have the answers to these five burning questions we have about the 2021 Emmy Awards. 

The Emmy Award statue with a palm tree in the background at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences campus in Los Angeles
The Emmy Award Statue | Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Will comedian Bo Burnham beat Dave Chappelle and rival Dan Levy’s four Emmy wins in one year? 

In 2020, Dan Levy won four Emmy Awards for Schitt’s Creek. This year, Bo Burnham has several wins for his Netflix special Inside from the Creative Arts Emmys. 

Burnham has won for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special, Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special, and Outstanding Music Direction. If Burnham wins Sunday, he will join a small group of people who have won four Emmys in one year. He’ll have to beat out Dave Chappelle’s 8:46, but fans like his odds. 

Can ‘Saturday Night Live’ win Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for the fifth year in a row?

SNL cast members Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong are up for Outstanding Supporting Actor or Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2021 Emmys. But will they come together to accept the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, or will A Black Lady Sketch Show take first place? 

Will ‘Ted Lasso’ sweep the Emmy Awards and make history? 

In 2020, Schitt’s Creek made Emmy history with nine total wins — the most a comedy has earned in a single year. This year, the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso stands to break that record by sweeping the 2021 Emmy Awards

Ted Lasso has nominations across six categories with 20 total — more nominations than Schitt’s Creek had last year. If Ted Lasso wins every category it’s nominated for, it’ll tie for “most Emmys won by a comedy series in a single season” and “most Emmys won by a series in its first season.” 

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Will Netflix’s Emmy curse break? 

The original content producing giant is no stranger to Emmy nods. But Netflix has never won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. As one of the most coveted Emmy Awards, Netflix seems cursed to have never received the honor, despite hundreds of nominations in recent years. 

AMC’s Breaking Bad, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and HBO’s Game of Thrones have beaten out various Netflix series. But this year, The Crown or Bridgerton could break Netflix’s Emmys curse and bring home a win for the streaming platform.

Will Lin Manuel-Miranda lose to Leslie Odom Jr. again? 

Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony in 2016 for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton. He beat co-star Lin Manuel-Miranda, who plays the title role in the Broadway hit. 

Now, the two are going head-to-head for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Their performances in the filmed version of Hamilton on Disney+ are nominated for Emmys this year. Additionally, Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry are up for Emmys in supporting categories.

Tune in to CBS on Sunday, Sept. 19, for the answers to these questions and more at the Emmy Awards.