This image released by Netflix shows Anya Taylor-Joy in a scene from "The Queen's Gambit."(Phil Bray/Netflix via AP)

‘The Crown,’ ‘Mandalorian’ top Emmy nominations with 24 each

‘The Crown,’ ‘Mandalorian’ top Emmy nominations with 24 each

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Crown tied with The Mandalorian for the most Emmy nominations Tuesday with 24 apiece, but the Marvel universe also got bragging rights with runner-up WandaVision.

The bounty reinforced the rapid rise of streaming, with most of the top-nominated scripted shows on services that emerged in the past two years. In the top three categories — drama, comedy and limited series — broadcast networks scored only two nominations, for the NBC drama This Is Us and the ABC comedy black-ish.

During an oppressive pandemic in which housebound Americans relied more than ever on television for distraction, TV academy voters recognized a varied mix of storytelling and a diverse group of actors and creators.

One example: Mj Rodriguez of Pose is the first trans performer to be nominated in a lead acting category. The show also earned a best drama series nod.

“The moment my name was announced, I just screamed and I broke,” Rodriguez said. “My mom grabbed me. She kind of flung me around. … I remember falling into my boyfriend’s arms and just crying tears of joy, tears of happiness. I felt so seen.”

Of the 96 acting nods for drama, comedy and miniseries, nearly 44 per cent — a total of 42 nominations — went to people of colour. That included 34 nods for Black actors, one fewer than last year.

Netflix’s The Crown received its fourth nomination for best series, and is likely the veteran streaming service’s best chance to win its first-ever top series trophy. The British royal drama moved closer to contemporary events with its version of the courtship and rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin.

O’Connor and Corrin received lead drama acting nods, as did the series’ Olivia Colman for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, with a supporting bid to Gillian Anderson for her role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The showings by The Mandalorian, an extension of the Star Wars franchise, and the inventive WandaVision featuring the Marvel characters Wanda and Vision, put the series in the ranks of past sci-fi and fantasy Emmy favorites Game of Thrones and Lost.

The Boys, Amazon’s comedy-tinged take on superheroes, earned a best drama nod.

“I would never have thought in a million years that playing a witch in a Marvel show would lead to this. It’s like a dream,” said WandaVision co-star Kathryn Hahn. She received a supporting actress bid, but found the show’s total of 23 nominations especially sweet.

“I’m so moved that the whole of it has been recognized,” Hahn said. “It was incredibly difficult. It was a hard, hard shoot. But … the experience of making this meant so much to me and it was so unexpectedly deep.”

The nominations haul by Disney+, which launched in late 2019, was impressive, but the triumph of streaming was predictable, said Eric Deggans, TV critic for National Public Radio.

“Disney+ came out of nowhere and got the third-most nominations of any platform at 71. … We’re at a point now where this is this is increasingly becoming a streamers’ game and the Emmy nominations reflect it,” Deggans said.

HBO and newcomer streaming service HBO Max edged into the lead with 130 total nominations, with Netflix close on its heels with 129.

The frontrunner on the comedy side is the good-hearted Ted Lasso, about a middling American football coach imported to England to handle a soccer team. The Apple TV+ series received 20 nominations, including for top comedy, star Jason Sudeikis and six cast members.

Hacks, starring Jean Smart as a stand-up comedian who resists getting aged out of Las Vegas and life, was next with 15 nods, including a lead actor award for Smart and a supporting bid for Hannah Einbinder.

Smart, who some have said is enjoying a career “Jeanaissance,” earned a second nomination for her supporting role in Mare of Easttown. The limited series received 16 nods, including star Kate Winslet.


This image released by Netflix shows Gillian Anderson in a scene from "The Crown." (Des Willie/Netflix via AP)

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2019 file photo shows a view of the stage at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 13. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

This image released by Netflix shows Emma Corrin in a scene from “The Crown.” (Des Willie/Netflix via AP)

This image released by Netflix shows Emma Corrin in a scene from “The Crown.” (Des Willie/Netflix via AP)