The 2021 Emmy Awards

By Lisa Respers France, Marianne Garvey, Chloe Melas, Melissa Mahtani, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 1:46 AM ET, Mon September 20, 2021
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7:53 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez spoke Emmy's night into existence

From CNN's Lisa Respers France

Mj Rodriguez arrives at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Mj Rodriguez arrives at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

"Pose" star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez may have manifested Sunday night.

Rodriguez, who is nominated in the lead actress in a drama series category for her role as trans-woman Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the series, said years ago that she was going to be nominated.

That's according to her friend Karamo Brown who reminded her on the Emmy's red carpet that she told him that years ago and asked how it felt to see it all come to pass.

"It's kind of crazy because you never know how things are going to manifest and you never know how they are going to come to full fruition," Rodriguez told Brown on E!. "And I'm very thankful for it. I'm glad that I spoke that into existence."

Brown said she also predicted that she would win so fingers crossed!

7:58 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Jason Sudeikis talks Ted Lasso's mustache

From CNN's Marianne Garvey

Jason Sudekis stars in “Ted Lasso.”
Jason Sudekis stars in “Ted Lasso.” (Colin Hutton/Apple TV+)

Jason Sudeikis had multiple inspirations for his character Ted Lasso's luxurious mustache.

One was his father in the 1980s, who rocked his own bushy 'stache. Sudeikis said on the red carpet that when he shaved it off, he was like "who is this man?"

Two, "look to the greats," he says, if you want to grow your own. Burt Reynolds, for starters, is a great example, he pointed out.

Sudeikis is nominated tonight in multiple categories for "Ted Lasso."

7:44 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Mj Rodriguez is the first out trans woman nominated for lead actress Emmy

From CNN's Sandra Gonzalez

Mj Rodriguez stars in "Pose."
Mj Rodriguez stars in "Pose." (Eric Liebowitz/FX)

"Pose" star Mj Rodriguez made Emmy history when she became the first out trans woman to be nominated in the outstanding lead actress category for her role in the FX drama, GLAAD, a leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, told CNN.

She is also the first out trans performer nominated in any lead acting category, according to the organization.

"For me being recognized by my peers and by my colleagues, it just means the world for me," Rodriguez told Entertainment Tonight.

She added, "I'm a human at the end of the day. All I wanted was the world to see me, I wanted them to see that I had something to offer."

Rodriguez, who plays Blanca on the series, accounted for one of nine nominations earned by "Pose" this year.

This is not the first time "Pose" has made history. In 2019, Billy Porter became the first openly gay Black man to win an Emmy in the lead actor category.

Read more here.

7:43 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Red Carpet: Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson (Chris Pizzello/AP)

7:43 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Red Carpet: "WandaVision" star Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

7:32 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Red Carpet: "Ted Lasso" star Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

7:26 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Red Carpet: "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

7:24 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Why limited series stand out among Emmy nominations this year

Analysis by Brian Lowry

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen appear in "Wandavision."
Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen appear in "Wandavision." (Disney+)

While the Emmys have traditionally seen outstanding drama and comedy as its top prizes, the changing nature of television has made the creative standout of this year's nominations a relatively new category: The limited series.

Arguably, nothing better exemplifies the breadth of TV content than the limited-series nominations unveiled Tuesday, which among other things will pit Mare of Easttown against Aretha of Motown, with the Scarlet Witch for good measure.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized eight nominees each in the best drama and comedy balloting, which at least allowed the broadcast networks to achieve a few breakthroughs ("This is Us," "Black-ish") in what's otherwise a streaming-heavy field.

The evolving nature of TV comedy, meanwhile, encompassed shows that will surely add sizzle to this year's awards while not quite feeling like perfect fits within the genre, among them "The Karate Kid" revival "Cobra Kai" and comedic thriller "The Flight Attendant."

Nothing quite captures the extraordinary work accomplished in the last year, however, than the limited series (once the "miniseries," but no more), which highlights the ability to tell a novelized and complete story over multiple episodes.

The contenders include a dazzling showcase for Kate Winslet in the crime thriller "Mare of Easttown," Michaela Coel's breakthrough rape story "I May Destroy You," the superhero love story "WandaVision," the chess-themed "Queen's Gambit" (with its star-making turn by Anya Taylor-Joy) and director Barry Jenkins' sweeping alternate-history adaptation of "The Underground Railroad."

The acting nominations within the category also include Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha" and Hugh Grant for HBO's "The Undoing," both projects that easily could have been included in the series competition in a less-packed year.

Moreover, best-drama nominee "Lovecraft Country" arguably would have belonged in the limited-series categories had the decision not to produce a second season of the HBO show, as Deadline reported, been made sooner. It, too, told what felt like a self-contained story, although fans and the producers had held out hope for a return engagement. (HBO and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia.)

Read more here.

7:23 p.m. ET, September 19, 2021

Red Carpet: "The Flight Attendant" star Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco (Chris Pizzello/AP)