Apple TV+ Breaks Emmy Records with Ted Lasso Leading The Way

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Apple's pitch with Apple TV+ has always been that the service would not offer the most content but the best content. This has been reflected in their insistence on only producing their own shows and movies and not buying up big libraries. It's also why they've been making a big push with awards shows, hoping that the recognition of quality will lure subscribers in.

Apple TV+ has made another stride in that direction with the announcement of the 2021 Emmy Awards nominations. Following on from last years 18 nominations and one win (for Billy Crudup on The Morning Show), TV+ shows and movies were nominated a total of 35 times, including a whopping 20 for the first season of hit comedy Ted Lasso.

Almost all the cast, plus everyone from casting to directing to writing to sound editing, picture editing and even the Theme Music were recognised. As well as receiving the nomination for 'Best Comedy Series', these nominations add up to the most ever for a debut comedy series.

Apple also received nominations in other categories including the acclaimed documentaries Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, Boys State and The Year The Earth Changed plus Central Park, Servant, Mythic Quest, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You and Carpool Karaoke.

Note: eligibility for this year's awards ended on May 31st which makes Physical, Schmigadoon!, Lisey's Story and Fathom ineligible.

The full list is below. The ceremony takes place on September 19th.

  • Outstanding Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Jason Sudeikis
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Brett Goldstein
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Brendan Hunt
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Nick Mohammed
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Jeremy Swift
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Juno Temple
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Hannah Waddingham
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour): “Servant”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Zach Braff
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” M.J. Delaney
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Declan Lowney
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Pilot
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” “Make Rebecca Great Again”
  • Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour): “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation: “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” A.J. Catoline
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso,” Melissa McCoy
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation: “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program: “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”
  • Outstanding Music Direction: “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera): “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera): “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: “Central Park,” Stanley Tucci
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: “Central Park,” Tituss Burgess
  • Outstanding Narrator: “Mythic Quest,” Anthony Hopkins
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation: “Mythic Quest”
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: “Boys State”
  • Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program: “Boys State”
  • Outstanding Narrator: “The Year Earth Changed,” David Attenborough
  • Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic): “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special - “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You”
  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
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Jonathan, ScreenTimes’ Contributing Editor has been lucky enough to work on Apple products his whole life, ever since his Dad brought home a Mac Performa aged 11 (him, not his Dad). Apple is just engrained in his life, especially nowadays, as a graphic designer. His nerdy enthusiasm for Apple is only matched by his love of TV and film. Whether a buzz-worthy new show or blockbuster, a small cult show or an indie film, he’ll watch it. So Apple TV meets right in the middle of that Venn diagram! He also writes on his personal site, smallbites.me. He lives in London and is writing his own bio in the third person.