Emmy Awards 2021: Big Wins And Emotional Tributes
Brits triumph despite “lack of diversity”.
The 73rd Emmy Awards took place on Sunday in Los Angeles, with many British nominees attending via a separate hub in London. However, despite an overwhelmingly diverse set of acting nominees, most wins were attributed to white performers. This, in turn has fuelled criticism against the reward show.
However, standouts that broke the cycle of wins were RuPaul, becoming the most awarded person of colour - ever, Michaela Coel – the first black female winner, credited with her writing for an anthology series; and for the first time, two women won the comedy and drama directing trophies in the same year.
Netflix Drama, The Crown and Apple TV’s Ted Lasso were among the big winners on Sunday night. Ted Lasso won four awards – including the highly coveted best comedy. The Crown also took home several awards, including four acting wins for Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher), Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), and Tobias Menzies (the late Duke of Edinburgh).
During her acceptance speech, Colman became particularly emotional, saying “I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would’ve loved all this”.
The Crown’s sweeping win marks a milestone for Netflix – it’s the first time a drama on the streaming platform has received a top prize at the Emmy’s. The streaming service has boasted 44 awards in total this year, including wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, which only took place recently.
The Queen’s Gambit won best limited series, while Scott Frank won best director for his HBO show, starring Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown. A delighted Winslet exclaimed her love for her family and husband as she accepted best actress for her performance in the show.
We think it’s fair to say that the Emmy’s certainly have their faves lined up for the upcoming year. The Crown may be a predictable win, but we can’t help but anticipate season 5! See the full list of wins here.
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