Anthony Mackie Hosts the 2021 ESPYS
"The 2021 ESPYS Presented by Capital One" will be hosted by acclaimed actor and producer Anthony Mackie. Mackie will be joined by top celebrities from sports and entertainment to celebrate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, remembering unforgettable moments, and honoring the leading performers and performances. "The ESPYS" will be broadcast live on ABC on Saturday, July 10, at 8 p.m. EDT from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City. Watch live on the ABC app from your smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), computer on ABC.com and connected devices (Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV). Just sign in, select your TV provider and WATCH! Go to the menu and select "LIVE" to sign in, select your TV provider and WATCH! SIGN IN NOW to WATCH the ESPYS Online*.
Said Mackie: "I'm excited to be hosting this year's ESPYS and to celebrate the gift that sports have been this past year. They have allowed us to cheer on our favorite teams and athletes together at a time when many felt so alone. As an avid sports fan myself, I can't wait to meet some of my favorite athletes and celebrate their accomplishments!" Mackie is one of the most talented actors working today. He is best known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson/The Falcon, and most recently took on the mantle of Captain America in Disney+'s "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," which debuted on Disney+ in March. Mackie has starred in notable films such as Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker." He also starred in and produced AppleTV+'s "The Banker" and Netflix's action sci-fi film "Outside the Wire," which became the No. 1 movie on the streaming platform its first week of release.
"After a year of canceled competitions, empty stadium seats and athletic careers cut short or left to languish in limbo, we're delighted that 'The ESPYS' has the opportunity to celebrate the return of sports," said Rob King, senior vice president and editor-at-large, ESPN Content. "Anthony will make a fantastic host because he is equal parts sports fan and entertainer. Plus, he knows a thing or two about heroic moments." "The ESPYS" will follow the 2020 COVID-19 Return to Work Safety Agreement with the AMPTP and all relevant city, state and CDC guidelines. Among the awards presented will be the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and the Pat Tillman Award for Service. "The ESPYS" helps to raise awareness and funds for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYS back in 1993. ESPN has helped raise more than $134 million for the V Foundation over the past 28 years. "The ESPYS" is co-produced by Full Day Entertainment.
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NOMINEES FOR "THE 2021 ESPYS PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE" HAVE BEEN REVEALED AND FAN VOTING HAS BEGUN.
Fans can cast their vote at ESPYS.com, and a full list of The 2021 ESPYS nominees is available here. Voting is open until 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 9. Christine Williams and Gary Streiwski will host "The ESPYS Nomination Special" on Thursday, July 1, at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN. "The ESPYS" will be broadcast live on ABC on Saturday, July 10, at 8 p.m. EDT from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City.
"THE 2021 ESPYS" FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Tom Brady is nominated for Best Athlete - Men's Sports and Best NFL Player, making this his fourth and 10th nomination in each respective category. "The 2021 ESPYS" will mark his 11th feature at the show. In Best Athlete - Men's Sports, he is followed by three newcomers to the category in Connor McDavid, Lewis Hamilton and Nikola Jokic.
- In Best Athlete - Women's Sports, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Nunes face off against returning nominees Breanna Stewart and Simone Biles, who have a combined total of seven nominations in the category since 2014.
- Russell Westbrook returns to the Best Record-Breaking Performance category with a new triple-double record where he is joined by standouts DeVonta Smith, Phil Mickelson and Tara VanDerveer.
- For a third straight year, Aaron Donald returns to Best NFL Player where he faces off against legends Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, along with newcomer to the category Derrick Henry.
"The 2021 ESPYS" returns to ABC with a star-studded event in celebration of this year's greatest achievements in sports. "The 2021 ESPYS" will relive the highlight moments of the year, honor leading athletes and performances, and bring together the sports industry's fan favorites and biggest stars. Top celebrities from sports and entertainment will gather to recognize nominees and honor winners in categories such as Best Athlete - Men's Sports, Best Athlete - Women's Sports, Best Game, Best Record-Breaking Performance, Best MMA Fighter and Best Play.
Per tradition, "The 2021 ESPYS" will also showcase the achievements of inspiring and courageous athletes who embody the spirit of "The ESPYS" through three pillar awards – the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and The Pat Tillman Award for Service. The show supports ESPN's ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched in 1993 by ESPN in partnership with the late Jim Valvano.
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