The "Star Wars" live-action spin-off "The Mandalorian" on the streaming service Disney Plus (opens in new tab) received a whopping 24 nominations (opens in new tab) in 19 categories for the 2021 Emmy Awards, tying with Netflix royal family drama "The Crown," that also received 24 nominations. The nominations for the second season top the 15 that it received last year.
Sadly, the sci-fi genre wasn't well represented in this year's nominations, which were announced Tuesday (July 13). Again. It seems only the big franchise names received any kind of attention. There was nothing for "The Expanse" on Amazon Prime Video or "For All Mankind" on Apple TV+ or HBO's "Raised By Wolves" — and while that show gradually descended into insanity as Season 1 concluded, the actual performances were outstanding. And what about SyFy's "Resident Alien" in the Comedy category? The eligibility period for 2021 submissions was from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, so all of those shows could've been recognized.
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The full list for "The Mandalorian" is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito, as Moff Gideon.
While these are great choices, it might have been nice to see Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano nominated.
Arguably one of the most important categories in our opinion and sadly the quality of "Star Trek" is currently such that it's unlikely to soon appear in this category, but what about "For All Mankind" or "The Expanse"..? Filoni and Favreau go up against "Lovecraft Country," "FX Pose," "The Crown," "The Handmaid's Tail" and "The Boys" each of which only have one nomination.
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup
Brian Sipe, Dmitriew, Samantha Ward, Scott Stoddard, Pepe Mora, Cale Thomas, Carlton Coleman and Scott Patton for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Outstanding Music Composition For a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Ludwig Göransson for "Chapter 16: The Rescue" — this would be a very well deserved award.
Outstanding Sound Editing For a Comedy or Drama Series (one hour)
Matthew Wood, David Acord, Richard Quinn, James Spencer, Benjamin Burtt, JR Grubbs, Richard Gould, Stephanie McNally, Ronni Brown and Jana Vance for "Chapter 13: The Jedi.
Outstanding Production Design For a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (one hour or more)
Andrew L. Jones, Doug Chiang, David Lazan and Amanda Serino for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (one hour)
Bonnie Wild, Stephen Urata, Shawn Holden and Christopher Fogel for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Sarah Halley Finn
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie
Joe Bauer, Richard Bluff, Abbigail Keller, Hickel, Roy K. Cancino, John Knoll, Enrico Damm, John Rosengrant and Joseph Kasparian.
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (one hour)
Baz Idoine for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Jon Favreau for "Chapter 9: The Marshal."
Outstanding Stunt Performance
Lateef Crowder for "Chapter 16: The Rescue" — he's Pedro Pascal's stuntman, so perhaps it's for the fight sequence with Moff Gideon?
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
Dylan Firshen and J. Erik Jessen for "Chapter 11: The Heiress."
Andrew S. Eisen for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Jeff Seibenick for "Chapter 15: The Believer."
Adam Gerstel for "Chapter 16: The Rescue."
Yes, "The Mandalorian" has four nominations in this single category. Its only opposition is "The Crown" with a comparatively meager two nominations.
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (half-hour)
Matthew Jensen for "Chapter 15: The Believer."
Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
Shawna Trpcic, Julie Robar, Sara Fox for "Chapter 13: The Jedi."
Outstanding Period and/or Character Hairstyling
Maria Sandoval, Ashleigh Childers, Wendy Southard "Chapter 16: The Rescue."
A cursory glance over the episodes that have been nominated seems to suggest strong favoritism towards the climax of the second season and while epic episodes like "Chapter 13: The Jedi" have been recognized, others like "Chapter 12: The Siege" have not.
The only other science fiction show that received any nominations was "Star Trek: Discovery" with a grand total of four.
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode
Jason Michael Zimmerman, Ante Dekovic, Aleksandra Kochoska, Charles Collyer, Alexander Wood, Ivan Kondrup Jensen, Kristen Prahl, Toni Pykalaniemi and Leslie Chung for the episode "Su'kal" (S03, E11).
Outstanding Period and/or Character Makeup (non-prosthetic)
Faye Crasto for the episode "Terra Firma, Part 2" (S03, E10).
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup
Glenn Hetrick, Mike Smithson, Michael O'Brien, Ken Culver, Hugo Villasenor and Chris Bridges for the episode "That Hope Is You, Part 1" (S03, E01).
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (one hour)
Matthew E. Taylor, Sean Heissinger, Tim Farrell, Harry Cohen, Michael Schapiro, Darrin Mann, Clay Weber, Marquis, Alyson Dee Moore and Chris Moriana for the episode "That Hope Is You, Part 1" (S03, E01).
And while much of Season 3 of "Discovery" was either a let-down or a rip-off, the very first episode of the third season, "That Hope Is You, Part 1" (S03, E01) was not only the best episode of "Discovery" we've seen yet, but also worthy of entry into the "Star Trek" Hall of Fame.
And then there is "The Expanse" with episodes like "Churn" (S05, E02) and "Gaugamela" (S05, E04) — yes, the whole of the fifth season returned to the incredible quality that we saw in the first two seasons, but the first few installments of Season 5 are up there with established, epic episodes of sci-fi including "Battlestar Galactica's" "33" (S01, E01) and "Flight of the Phoenix" (S02, E09) and "Babylon 5's" "Severed Dreams" (S03, E10).
However, Netflix's excellent animated series "Love, Death + Robots" did receive two nominations ... so that's good news.
Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
For the episode "Ice" (S01, E02).
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half-hour) and Animation
Brad North, Craig Henighan, Dawn Lunsford, Jeff Charbonneau and Alicia Stevens for the episode "Snow in the Desert" (S02, E04).
The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sept. 19, 2021.