Bo Burnham’s special Inside was widely praised (Picture: Getty Images)
The 2021 Emmys proved to be an eventful night as live awards shows return after the pandemic but, along with some pleasant surprises, there were plenty of snubs.
However, fans of the late Michael K Williams were heartbroken that he wasn’t posthumously honoured for his role in Lovecraft Country.
The actor was up for supporting actor in a drama series, with presenter Kerry Washington giving him a special shoutout.
‘I would like to take a moment to mention one nominee in particular —Michael K. Williams,’ she said. ‘Michael was… it’s crazy to say “was”… was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon.
‘Michael, I know you’re here to witness this. Your excellence, your artistry will endure. We love you.’
However, Tobias Menzies picked up the gong for his role as Prince Philip in The Crown.
Bo Burnham fans were heartbroken for him (Picture: Getty Images)
Elsewhere, Bo Burnham fans were gutted the comedian didn’t win the outstanding variety special award, with it instead going to Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.
Bo was nominated for his special Inside, which received widespread critical acclaim, after he filmed it by himself in the guest house of his Los Angeles home.
‘I never expected to be unhappy about Hamilton winning awards, but BO BURNHAM: INSIDE DESERVED THAT WIN,’ one fan wrote, while another added: ‘I love Hamilton and am happy about the many many awards it’s gotten over the years but NO I’m sorry – Inside Bo Burnham was an existential, once in a lifetime masterpiece.’
Michael K Williams was nominated for his role in Lovecraft Country (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
The Handmaid’s Tale was also snubbed, actually making history by setting the record for the most Emmy losses within one season. The series lost all of its 21 nominations.
Meanwhile, WandaVision lost out on many categories, failing to pick up a major award despite receiving 23 nominations.
Kate Winslet triumphed over Elizabeth Olsen in the lead actress category, while Paul Bettany lost out to Ewan McGregor for lead actor. Kathryn Hahn also did not win for outstanding supporting actress, with the honour going to Julianne Nicholson won for her role as Lori Ross in HBO’s Mare of Easttown.
Meanwhile, the show as a whole lost out on outstanding limited series as that went to The Queen’s Gambit.
Elizabeth Olsen also lost out (Picture: Getty Images)
The Underground Railroad, which also received widespread acclaim also lost all seven categories over two weekends of Emmy presentations.
It certainly can’t be said that The Crown or The Queen’s Gambit were snubbed, with the two series picking up plenty of major awards, but strangely enough, stars Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who starred as chess prodigy Beth Harmon, were both passed over.
Hosted by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, this year’s Emmys saw streaming services such as Netflix and Apple TV enjoy huge success as they walked away with the majority of the top gongs.
Elsewhere, HBO enjoyed some success thanks to Kate Winslet’s smash-hit drama, Mare of Easttown.
Emmy Awards 2021 winners list
Outstanding Drama Series – The Crown (Netflix)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Olivia Colman, The Crown
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Tobias Menzies
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Ewan McGregor, Halston
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Evan Peters, Mare Of Easttown
Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series – Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Outstanding Comedy Series – Ted Lasso (Apple Plus TV)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jean Smart, Hacks
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Outstanding Competition Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program –
Outstanding Variety Special Pre-recorded – Hamilton
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020
Outstanding Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live
Governors Award – Debbie Allen