Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
4 minute read
20 Sep 2021
3:23 pm

Emmy Awards recap: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ takes the crown

Kaunda Selisho

Netflix was the big winner at Sunday's Emmy Awards with 'The Crown' and 'The Queen's Gambit' winning an overall 44 awards.

Los Angeles, California - September 19: View of the atmosphere during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. Live on 19 September 2021 In Los Angeles, California. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images/Afp

The television academy loves the royal family-based TV drama The Crown so much that they saw it fit to award the show a whopping 24 awards at this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

The amount of nominations that The Crown received saw the show tied with Disney+ original The Mandalorian.

The 24 awards were won in addition to three Emmys secured by the show at the creative arts ceremony held on 12 September.

Michaela Coel makes history

British actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer Michaela Coel (real name Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson) made history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for limited series writing for her 2020 show I May Destroy You.

According to AFP, Coel, who penned I May Destroy You about the aftermath of a rape, dedicated her writing award to “every single survivor of sexual assault”.

Following her win, she received an immense show of support from fellow nominees comedian Trevor Noah and Olivia Colman of The Crown.

Full list of 2021 Emmy Awards winners

Limited Series The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) 

Drama SeriesThe Crown (Netflix) 

Comedy SeriesTed Lasso (Apple TV Plus) 

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)Hamilton (Disney Plus) 

Variety Special (Live)Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) 

Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor (The Crown

Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Olivia Colman (The Crown

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Ewan McGregor (Halston

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or MovieI May Destroy You • HBO • HBO in association with BBC, Various Artists Limited, FALKNA, Written by Michaela Coel

Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or MovieThe Queen’s Gambit • Netflix • Netflix Directed by Scott Frank

Competition ProgramRuPaul’s Drag Race

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jean Smart (Hacks

Directing for a Comedy SeriesHacksThere Is No Line (Pilot) • HBO Max • Universal Television in association with Paulilu, First Thought Productions, Fremulon Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Directed by Lucia Aniello

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesHacksThere Is No Line (Pilot) • HBO Max • Universal Television in association with Paulilu, First Thought Productions, Fremulon Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Written by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky

Variety Sketch Series –  Saturday Night Live 

Variety Talk SeriesLast Week Tonight With John Oliver 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television. Writers; Johnathan Appel, Ali Barthwell, Tim Carvell, Liz Hynes, Greg Iwinski, Mark Kramer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Chrissy Shackelford, Writer Ben Silva, Seena Vali

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Tobias Menzies (The Crown

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson (The Crown

Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesThe Crown • War • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Netflix Directed by Jessica Hobbs

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – The Crown • War • Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Netflix Written by Peter Morgan

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Julianne Nicholson (Mare Of Easttown

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso

For a full list of winners alongside nominees, click here.