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Emmy Award nominations 2021: British stars looked set for glory

The Crown’s Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin are set to go head to head for the top prize of Outstanding Lead Actress In a Drama at this year’s Emmy Awards as they lead the British stars tipped for award show glory. 

On Tuesday, the nominations for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on September 10, were announced, with a blaze of Brits given nods in the top categories. 

Following much fanfare surrounding their critically-acclaimed performances, Mare Of Easttown’s Kate Winslet, The Crown’s Olivia Colman, I May Destroy You’s writer and star Michaela Coel and The Queen‘s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy have all been named in some of the awards’ top categories.  

Head to head: The Crown's Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin are set to go head to head for the top prize at this year's Emmy Awards as they lead the British stars tipped for award show glory

Head to head: The Crown’s Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin are set to go head to head for the top prize at this year’s Emmy Awards as they lead the British stars tipped for award show glory

Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie saw nods for Michaela Kate and Anya in what will largely be a battle of the Brits. 

Netflix’s Emily In Paris – starring British-American actress Lily Collins – was given a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series. Paul Bettany for Wandavision, Ewan McGregor High in Outstanding Lead Actor In a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie.  

I May Destroy You, Mare Of Easttown, The Queen’s Gambit and The Underground Railroad were all named for Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie. 

Having entered it’s fourth season, Netflix’s The Crown gained popularity for its depiction of more modern events – including the relationship between Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin.

Three-time Emmy Award winner Olivia’s depiction as Queen Elizabeth II has again scored a big nomination. She stars on the show opposite fellow Brits Gillian Anderson, who plays Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Helena Bonham Carter’s turn as Princess Margaret. 

Elsewhere, Kate plays the titular role in the critically-acclaimed drama Mare Of Easttown. 

Created by Brad Ingelsby, the show followed Mare as she investigated a young girl’s murder in the fictional Easttown Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

Taking The Crown? The Netflix hit has once again scored big. Pictured L-R: Duchess of Gloucester (Penny Downie), Queen Mother (Marion Bailey), Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor), Mountbatten (Charles Dance), Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham-Carter), Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), Duchess of  Gloucester (Penny Downie), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin)

Taking The Crown? The Netflix hit has once again scored big. Pictured L-R: Duchess of Gloucester (Penny Downie), Queen Mother (Marion Bailey), Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), Mountbatten (Charles Dance), Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham-Carter), Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), Duchess of  Gloucester (Penny Downie), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin)

Esteemed stars: Kate Winslet is up for Mare Of Easttown

Leading gent: Hugh Grant for his murderous role in The Undoing

Esteemed stars: Kate Winslet is up for Mare Of Easttown and Hugh Grant for his murderous role in The Undoing

The Titanic actress, 45, scored rave reviews for her appearance and sparked award season buzz swiftly after the show premiered. On the prospect of a series two, Kate recently said: ‘I would absolutely love to play Mare again.

‘I miss her. I really do. It’s the strangest thing. I feel like I’m in mourning. It was an absolutely wonderful role… There’s something very addictive about Mare, because she’s so outrageous and lovable and brilliant and real, you know? I loved playing her.’

In 2011, Kate won the The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing the titular role in Mildred Pierce.  

Anya’s role as a troubled, orphaned chess prodigy struggling with addiction on the backdrop of the Cold War in The Queen’s Gambit has landed her Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie in another Netflix triumph. 

The blonde beauty sits among the Brit nominees as she has dual American and British citezenship. She was born in Miami, as her parents were on holiday in the US when she was born but was based in the UK.  

Starring role: Michaela gained various nods for I May Destroy You, which she both starred in and directed

Starring role: Michaela gained various nods for I May Destroy You, which she both starred in and directed 

Hugh’s troubling role as a murderous doctor in The Undoing, opposite equally esteemed Nicole Kidman, has scored him the Outstanding Lead Actor In a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie following the huge praise for the HBO show.  

Aaron Pierre, who hales from south London, has won huge praise for his role in The Underground Railroad, a programme showing a heartbreaking depiction of slavery with elements of magic realism. 

This year’s awards have seen the academy work towards greater inclusivity from last year’s nominations, which included a record number of 35 Black nominees among the 102 up for lead, supporting and guest performances in drama, comedy and limited series or TV movie.

With a statistic of 34% of nominees being black, the numbers were an improvement on the 2018 record of just under 28% of black actors. 

The ceremony will take place on September 10 following last year’s event which was held virtually in line with coronavirus safety and guidelines. Cedric the Entertainer is to host the evening.

Esteemed star: Anya's role as a troubled, orphaned chess prodigy struggling with addiction on the backdrop of the Cold War in The Queen's Gambit has landed her a nod

Esteemed star: Anya’s role as a troubled, orphaned chess prodigy struggling with addiction on the backdrop of the Cold War in The Queen’s Gambit has landed her a nod


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