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The 2021 Emmy Award Nominees Have Been Announced: Here are the Post-Apocalyptic Entries

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This year’s Emmy Nominees have been announced and we’re excited to see so many post-apocalyptic and sci-fi entries for 2021 after a really tough 2020.

While the awards themselves won’t be until September 19, today’s announcement of nominees shows that a few of our favorite post-apocalyptic tales will be represented. So I’ve compiled a list of the nominees and categories that we, as fans of end-times fiction, should watch closely.

This list not only contains direct reference to post-apocalyptic TV shows, but also to actors that are relevant to the genre’s future.

And the nominees are…!

Fred and Serena

The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, while Elisabeth Moss is in place for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her brilliant portrayal of June/Offred.

In the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, we have three nominees from the series: Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence, OT Fagbenle as Luke Bankole, and Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine.

Yvonne Strahovski has been nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Serena Joy Waterford, along with Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia), Samira Wiley (Moira Strand), and Madeline Brewer (Janine Lindo, aka Ofwarren/Ofdaniel/Ofhoward).

Of course, The Handmaid’s Tale is no stranger to the Emmy Awards, having won 8 in its first season alone.

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy
While Taylor-Joy was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in The Queen’s Gambit this year, she is set to play the role of a young Furiosa in George Miller’s next installment of the Mad Max franchise. And as Taylor-Joy’s talent is realized more and more, the popularity of that Furiosa film is looking better and better.

Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs
Diggs is another actor that is nominated for something unrelated to the post-apocalyptic genre (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Hamilton) but, as with Anya Taylor-Joy, this nomination will help Diggs’ stock as a strong actor in his role on Snowpiercer, which has already been confirmed for a third season.


Sure, this one is a bit of a stretch, but WandaVision is a unique take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in and around the apocalyptic events of the franchise. So there’s a bit of an apocalypse in there, you just have to look for it.

WandaVision has been nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, while Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) has been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie and Paul Bettany (Vision) has been nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie.

In addition, Kathryn Hahn (Agatha Harkness/Agnes) has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.


We wish all of the nominees the best when the 73rd Emmy Awards air live on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and streaming live on Paramount+.

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    Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and author of "AI For All," a guide to navigating this strange new world of artificial intelligence.
    He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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