Emmy Awards: A look back at nominees we interviewed in 2021

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NS 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony tonight, and the nominated shows range from series like ted lasso and WandaVision from Easttown’s mare and i can destroy you. in a special episode of i am very passionate On the podcast, Nerdshala Editor-in-Chief Connie Guglielmo and Senior Editor Patrick Holland take a look at the conversations they had with actors and cast members who were either nominated for or worked on a show. Sit back, grab some popcorn and pregame for the Emmy Awards iso-style with our episode below.


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Actor Oti Fagbenle received his first Emmy Award nomination for his performance as Luke in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale.

OT Fagbenle – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – 2021

For four seasons, OT Fagbenle played Luke Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale. Luke is the husband of June Osborne, played by Elisabeth Moss. The Handmaid’s Tale has 21 nominations, one of which is for Fagbenle as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His nomination came days after the inauguration marvel movie black widow In which he played Rick Mason as Natasha Romanoff alongside Scarlett Johansson.

Hear my full interview with Fagbenle below.

Reading: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Oti Fagbenle Is Nominated for an Emmy Award

Lauren Ashley Smith – A Black Lady Sketch Show

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – 2021

HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show Hilarious, smart and original. It was co-starred and created by actor, writer and comic Robin Theed, who cast Lauren Ashley Smith as the lead writer. Smith is the first black woman to be the lead writer on a sketch TV show and, in her words, “kick the door so that a lot of people can be there.”

A Black Lady Sketch Show Lauren Ashley Smith

HBO’s A Black Lady sketch show, which has five Emmy nominations.

A Black Lady Sketch Show received five nominations including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Listen to my full interview with Smith below.

Reading: How Lauren Ashley Smith of a Black Lady sketch show made history

Chris Chalk – Perry Mason

Outstanding Cinematography – 2021

During the pandemic, many of us found that an exodus was new Perry Mason series on HBO. Matthew Rice, from Outstanding Show The Americans, stars alongside actor Chris Chalk as the Titanic defense attorney who defeats cop Paul Drake. The onscreen chemistry between Rhys and Chak is one of the things that makes this Perry Mason so charming.


Matthew Rice (left) stars as Perry Mason and Chris Chalk (right) plays Paul Drake in the HBO series Perry Mason.

Perry Mason received four nominations, including Outstanding Cinematography for Single-Camera Series (One Hour) and Acting nominations for Rhys and John Lithgow.

Listen to my full interview with Chalk below.

Reading: The moment HBO’s Perry Mason really notices actor Chris Chalk

Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly – The Navarro

Outstanding Special Visual Effects – 2021

Navarro Part X-Men, part League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and part sci-fi thriller on HBO Max. Driving the show are complex female characters, two of whom are portrayed by Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly. Donnelly plays Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-witted widow, and Skelly Pennance, a brilliant young inventor. The two were “touched” during a mysterious incident in Victorian England that left him and the others with abilities.

Nevers Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly

Laura Donnelly (left) and Ann Skelly star in the HBO Max series The Nevers.

The Nevers deals with both “Victorian things” and the problems we will experience in 2021. The show is nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode.

Hear my full interview with Donnelly and Skelly below.

Reading: Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly, who star in new HBO Max series The Never Clear the Air

The 2021 Emmys will take place on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Read on for everything you need to know to tune into TV nights at the Emmys 2021: dates, start times, nominations and how to watch online.

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