When I May Destroy You didn't earn a single nomination for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards, even the writer of Emily in Paris was shocked. Thankfully, the brilliantly written series from Michaela Coel is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to the 2021 Emmy Awards. On July 13, the series earned a whopping nine nominations for outstanding music supervision, outstanding directing for a limited or anthology series or movie for Sam Miller and Michaela Coel, outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie, outstanding casting for a limited or anthology series or movie, outstanding contemporary costumes, outstanding lead actress for a limited or anthology series or movie for Michaela Coel (Arabella), outstanding supporting actor for a limited or anthology series or movie for Paapa Essiedu (Kwame), and outstanding limited or anthology series.
Of course, HBO had the best reaction to the three top noms. "Your honor is my honor. Congratulations to @MichaelaCoel," the network wrote on Twitter. They also congratulated Essiedu, tweeting, "I'm always rooting for Kwame. Congratulations to Paapa Essiedu of I May Destroy You on his #Emmys2021 nomination." HBO then took note of just how much heart and effort Coel put into the deeply personal series with a mention of the 191 drafts she wrote for its 12 episodes: "Those 191 drafts paid off. Congrats to the cast and crew of I May Destroy You on their #Emmys2021 nomination for Outstanding Limited Series."