The Crown and The Mandalorian top Emmy nominations with 24 each

Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor (left) in The Crown, and Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian (right).
Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor (left) in The Crown, and Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian (right).PHOTOS: NETFLIX, DISNEY

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Netflix’s latest season of British royal drama The Crown and Star Wars television series The Mandalorian on Disney+ topped this year’s Emmy nominations unveiled Tuesday with 24 nods each.

The two shows dominated the drama category, while fellow Disney+ series WandaVision scored the most limited series nods with 23, and Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso landed 20 on its debut season.

Hulu’s dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale scored 21 nods as did Emmys perennial Saturday Night Live, which extended its all-time record number of nominations to 306.

The 73rd Emmy Awards – the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars – will be handed out at a live, in-person ceremony in Los Angeles broadcast by CBS on Sept 19.

The show – set to feature a “limited audience of nominees and their guests” – will mark a welcome return to some normality. Last year’s edition was broadcast from an empty theater, with winners beaming in via video call.

Hosted by American actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer, the gala will honor the best in television from a unique, pandemic-affected year in which producers scrambled to film under tight Covid restrictions.

Like the rest of us, the Television Academy’s 25,000 voters spent several months stuck at home, leaving them ample time to sift through a stripped-down selection of series from their sofas.

The Crown and The Mandalorian will also compete for best drama against Netflix’s buzzy Bridgerton and The Handmaid’s Tale, among others.

All three previous seasons of monarchy saga The Crown have been nominated for best drama series, but the show – like all other Netflix dramas – has never won.

The show also boasts leading contenders in the drama acting categories, including Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

Season two of The Mandalorian scored strongly across technical categories, in addition to multiple acting nominations.

The Kominsky Method is the sole comedy nominee from last year in the running again, while the limited series field has arguably the most competitive and prestigious lineup of all.

WandaVision will compete with shows including Kate Winslet’s small-town murder mystery Mare Of Easttown, and the Barry Jenkins-directed slavery tale The Underground Railroad.

Emmy nominees in key categories

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Boys” (Prime Video)

“Bridgerton” (Netflix)

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney +)

“Pose” (FX Networks)

“This is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding comedy series

“black-ish” (ABC)

“Cobra Kai” (Netflix)

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

“Hacks” (HBO Max)

“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

“PEN15” (Hulu)

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Lead actor, drama

Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”

Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Rege-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason"

Lead actress, drama

Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Emma Corrin, “The Crown”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”

Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”

Lead actor, comedy

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”

Lead actress, comedy

Aidy Bryant, “Shrill”

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Supporting actor, drama

Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

O-T Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

John Lithgow, “Perry Mason”

Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”

Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us”

Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”

Supporting actress, drama

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Aunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”

Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Supporting actor, comedy

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Hacks”

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”

Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso”

Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso”

Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”

Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting actress, comedy

Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”

Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant"

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Outstanding limited series

“I May Destroy You” (HBO)

“Mare of Easttown” (HBO)

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

“The Underground Railroad” (Prime Video)

“WandaVision” (Disney+)

Outstanding television movie

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square” (Netflix)

“Oslo” (HBO)

“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (Lifetime)

“Sylvie’s Love” (Prime Video)

“Uncle Frank” (Prime Video)

Lead actor, limited series or movie

Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”

Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”

Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Leslie Odom, Jr, “Hamilton"

Lead actress, limited series or movie

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”

Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”

Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Kate Winslet, “Mare Of Easttown”

Supporting actor, limited series or movie

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Paapa Essiedu, “I May Destroy You”

Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”

Evan Peters, “Mare Of Easttown”

Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”

Supporting actress, limited series or movie

Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”

Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Julianne Nicholson, “Mare Of Easttown”

Jean Smart, “Mare Of Easttown”

Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”

Top five programmes with most overall nominations:

“The Crown” - 24

“The Mandalorian” - 24

“WandaVision” - 23

“The Handmaid’s Tale” - 21

“Saturday Night Live” - 21

“Ted Lasso” - 20