Emmys 2021 Predictions: Who Will Win (and Who Should) the Biggest Categories on TV’s Big Night?

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be a doozy this year. Following last year’s virtual show mid-pandemic, this year will feature a more traditional lineup with a slew of presenters. There are many amazing contenders nominated in each category, but who will sweep the night with an armful of statues? We have a few Emmys 2021 predictions.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Drama Series

The 2021 Emmy Awards statue gleaming in the sun.
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The Boys (Amazon)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Pose (FX)
This Is Us (NBC)

Of all the nominees, Netflix has yet to snag an Emmy win in this particular category — as does The Crown, though it’s been nominated three previous times. This, along with their ambitious Princess Diana arc — is why we think it’s their year. In contrast, having a violent series like The Boys nominated at all is a risk — and it should win — but it proves there’s room for shows like this in the category. Still, it can’t match what The Crown amassed in the most recent season.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
PEN15 (Hulu)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

We’ll keep this one short and sweet: Ted Lasso has the most nominations and is likely going to sweep the show, much like Schitt’s Creek did last year. Some argue the Jean Smart-led HBO Max series Hacks should win, but we’ll stick with Ted Lasso.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Limited Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon)
WandaVision (Disney+)

This category is, arguably, the hardest to choose a winner. While The Queen’s Gambit managed to make fans of non-chess players, Mare of Easttown‘s gritty murder mystery still has people talking. The other three are equally as worthy. We think The Queen’s Gambit will take the award but Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown should.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Kenan Thompson, Kenan (NBC)

Once again, we think Ted Lasso will get — and deserves — this win. The others are great in their respective shows but this is Ted Lasso‘s year to shine. If Jason Sudeikis can’t obtain this one, what’s the point?

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Aidy Bryant, Shrill (Hulu)
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max)

We have a lot of love for every strong female on this list. But, Jean Smart is also having a moment. Though every woman nominated is deserving, we think she’ll win this for Hacks.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Josh O’Connor, The Crown (Netflix)
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton (Netflix)
Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason (HBO)

It’s true we have a fondness for all things This Is Us (and Sterling K. Brown), but this year we’re confident Billy Porter will take the win for his role in Pose, just as he did in 2019 for the same category. Porter’s raw, unflinching portrayal of Pray Tell is a memorable one, specifically in the final season. Josh O’Connor is equally deserving with his role as Prince Charles in The Crown. This is his first nomination.

Emmys prediction: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment (HBO)
Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
Emma Corrin, The Crown (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
MJ Rodriguez, Pose (FX)
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country (HBO)

We’ll be honest — this one is a toss-up. While we think The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss should walk away with an Emmy as she did in 2017, it’s Olivia Colman’s final opportunity to win for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown and with three previous nominations and no win, the Academy could lean that way for the sake of it.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision (Disney+)
Hugh Grant, The Undoing (HBO)
Ewan McGregor, Halston (Netflix)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (Disney+)
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton (Disney+)

No contest — this one goes to Hugh Grant for playing an “innocent” husband (until proven guilty) in HBO’s The Undoing. Paul Bettany is a force to be reckoned with in WandaVision, but we’re not sure the performance sticks when compared to that of Grant (despite them being two different types of acting). It’s almost unfair to put the head-to-head, or they’d both win.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You (HBO)
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha (National Geographic)
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision (Disney+)
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown (HBO)

This is another category with a tough sell. There’s not just one deserving. However, while Anya Taylor-Joy should win for The Queen’s Gambit, Kate Winslet will probably take the Emmy for her portal as “Mare,” a tough-as-nails detective, grieving the loss of her son while trying to uncover a smalltown murder. Her performance ranks with many of her others, which won awards.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks (HBO)
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Keenan Thompson should win this one, thanks to his hilarious skits on SNL, but with all the Ted Lasso, it’s a toss-up on who will win. We’re betting on Brenden Hunt.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live, (NBC)
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Once again, Ted Lasso will rule this category with a win by Hannah Waddingham, despite a category filled with great talents.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian (Disney+)
O.T. Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
John Lithgow, Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies, The Crown (Netflix)
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us (NBC)
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country (HBO)

The tragic passing of Lovecraft Country star Michael K. Williams hit Hollywood, and fans, hard. His work in projects like The Wire never got the attention it deserved award-wise. We think Williams not only deserves this one but those speaking on his behalf will take it home.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Gillian Anderson, The Crown (Netflix)
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Emerald Fennell, The Crown (Netflix)
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

The Handmaid’s Tale has a long list of great contenders but Gillian Anderson’s role as Margaret Thatcher on The Crown will probably win. Anderson hasn’t taken home an Emmy since 1997 for playing Dana Scully on The X-Files.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton (Disney+)
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You (HBO)
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton (Disney+)
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton (Disney+)

Trying to pick any one winner from Hamilton feels blasphemous, however talented. Considering there’s still talk of that shocking Mare of Easttown scene (you know which one), we’re putting our money on Evan Peters.

Emmy prediction: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie


Emmys 2021: ‘Ted Lasso’ is Poised to Make Award Show History, Just Like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Did Last Year

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton (Disney+)
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision (Disney+)
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton (Disney+)

As with some of the other categories, this could come down to Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson, and Kathryn Hahn. All three should win, but we think the win will go to Smart (if she didn’t already win for Hacks) or Hahn, who has been nominated before but has yet to win.

When to watch the Emmys 2021

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, airs Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can also stream the show on Roku, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Slung TV, Fubo TV, and CBS’ streaming service Paramount+.