*EMMY AWARDS: The Crown* Sweeps Drama Categories

Written by on September 20, 2021

The Crown and Ted Lasso led the winners at a subdued, intimate Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The 73rd annual event, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, marked the return to an in-person ceremony following last-year’s virtual ceremony.

The Crown, which had the most nominations, left with the most trophies. The Netflix drama swept the drama categories —  with wins for Outstanding Drama Series,Lead Actor(Josh O’Connor), Lead Actress(Olivia Colman), Supporting Actor(Tobias Menzies), Supporting Actress(Gillian Anderson), Outstanding Writing (Peter Morgan) and Outstanding Directing(Jessica Hobbs).

Ted Lasso did pretty well in the comedy categories — winning Outstanding Comedy SeriesLead Actor (Jason Sudeikis), Supporting Actor (Brett Goldstein) and Supporting Actress (Hannah Waddingham).

The Queen’s Gambit was named Outstanding Limited Serieswhile RuPaul’s Drag Race walked away with Competition Program. That win gave RuPaul the record for the most Emmy wins by a person of color with 11.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver was named Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Saturday Night Live was Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.


Conan O’Brien was the highlight of the show, making the crowd laugh as he persuaded them to give Frank Scherma a standing ovation while he saluted the clearly uncomfortable Television Academy President. Conan later crashed Stephen Colbert‘s acceptance speech, joining him on stage and mugging for the camera.

Debbie Allen received the Governors Award for lifetime achievement.

With her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Jean Smart now has four Emmys. (Variety)

For the first time women won the directing Emmys in the comedy (Hacks Lucia Aniello) and drama (The Crown‘s Jessica Hobbs) categories. (Variety)

The Handmaid’s Tale set a record for the series with the most losses in a night. Despite being nominated for 21 awards, the Hulu show walked away with empty-handed. (Variety)

Despite a record number of nominations, no actors of colors went home with an award. (Variety)

Kaley Cuoco,Billy Porter, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Winslet were considered to be among the best dressed on the Red Carpet.(Variety)

Seth Rogen was trending Sunday night for his orange suit and calling out the crowded indoor setting of the ceremony.


  • Limited Series: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
  • Drama Series: The Crown (Netflix)
  • Comedy Series: Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)
  • Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O’Connor (The Crown)
  • Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Ewan McGregor (Halston)
  • Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Jean Smart (Hacks
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Olivia Colman (The Crown)
  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
  • Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown)
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesHannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gillian Anderson (The Crown)
  • Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown)
  • Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
  • Variety Special (Live): Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime)
  • Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)Hamilton (Disney Plus)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Peter Morgan (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Directing for a Comedy Series: Lucia Aniello (Hacks)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesJessica Hobbs (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit)

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