The Crown swept the drama awards at the Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept 19., 2021) to finally coronate Netflix with a top prize on television’s biggest night, as the streaming giant also claimed best-limited series honors for The Queen’s Gambit.
Netflix has transformed the TV landscape since creating its first original show in 2012, but had never won any top series prize before Sunday’s ceremony – the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.
Netflix won 10 primetime Emmys including acting awards for Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson and Josh O’Connor in The Crown, along with Ewan McGregor in Halston. The Crown also won for writing and directing, while taking the prestigious best drama series prize.
In the comedy categories, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso was the big winner.
Female directors hit another milestone tonight when The Crown’s Jessica Hobbs won Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series and Hacks’ Lucia Aniello Won Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series, respectively.
This marks the first time women have swept both directing categories in the same year.
After picking up dual trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, RuPaul added another piece of hardware to his collection at the 73rd annual ceremony on Sunday night with his fourth consecutive victory in the Outstanding Competition Program category.
RuPaul now has 11 Emmys to his name, breaking the record for the most-awarded Black artist in the show’s history, which was previously held by cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.
Some speech highlights from the night included Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham picked up the award for best-supporting actress in a comedy. In her speech, she showed particular love for her co-star Juno Temple, who was also nominated in the category, and bawling tears of joy for her friend from the audience.
“There’s no Rebecca without Keeley,” she said, referring to their characters. “If you ever leave my life, I’m going to stalk you.”
Hacks star Jean Smart picked up her fourth Emmy award outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and opened her acceptance speech with a touching tribute to her late husband, Richard Gilliland, who died in March.
“I would not be here without him, without his sort of putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I’ve had,” she said.
Michaela Coel, the incredible talent behind HBO and BBC’s I May Destroy You gave prepared remarks when accepting her Emmy for best writing in a television limited series or movie — the result being strong evidence in support of more pre-written speeches.
“Write the tales that scare you, that make you feel uncertain that isn’t comfortable. I dare you,” she said. “In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible — for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success — do not be afraid to disappear. From it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence.”
Coel also dedicated the show “to every single survivor of sexual assault.”
And the ever-inspiring Debbie Allen got a hero’s welcome as she took the stage to accept her Governors Award and she did not throw away her shot to speak to women and young people directly.
“Let this moment resonate with women across the world — across this country and across this world — from Texas to Afghanistan,” she said. “Also the young people who have no vote, who can’t even get a vaccine — they’re inheriting the world that we live in and that we lead in. It’s time for you to claim your power. Claim your voice, sing your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn.”
She also became an instant hero for telling the producers to turn the clock off.
The list of winners for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards
Best Limited Series
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
Outstanding Variety Special, Pre-Recorded
Outstanding Variety Special, Live
“Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020”
Best Actor, Drama
Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”
Best Actress, Drama
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Ewan McGregor, “Halston”
Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”
Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special
Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”
Directing for a Limited Series
Scott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Reality Competition Program
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Best Actor, Comedy
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
Best Actress, Comedy
Jean Smart, “Hacks”
Directing for a Comedy Series
Lucia Aniello, “Hacks” (“There Is No Line”)
Writing for a Comedy Series
Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, “Hacks” (“There Is No Line”)
Variety Sketch Series
“Saturday Night Live”
Variety Talk Series
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Writing for a Variety Series
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
Supporting Actor, Drama
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Supporting Actress, Drama
Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”
Directing for a Drama Series
Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown” (“War”)
Writing for a Drama Series
Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“War”)
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie
Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”
Directing for a Variety Special
Bo Burnham, “Inside”
Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live”
Guest Actress, Comedy
Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”
Guest Actor, Comedy
Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”
Guest Actress, Drama
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Guest Actor, Drama
Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (Netflix)