'Ted Lasso,' 'The Crown,' 'Queen's Gambit' win top Emmy Awards

Jill Serjeant, Reuters

Posted at Sep 20 2021 12:30 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2021 12:58 PM

Actor Josh O'Connor poses for a picture with the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for
Actor Josh O'Connor poses for a picture with the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for "The Corwn", at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

LOS ANGELES -- (UPDATED) Royal drama "The Crown" and feel good comedy "Ted Lasso" nabbed the top prizes at television's Emmy awards on Sunday on a night dominated by streaming shows, British talent and rare wins by women.

Chess drama "The Queen's Gambit" was named best limited series and tied with "The Crown" for the most wins overall at 11 apiece.

The best drama series win for "The Crown" gave Netflix its biggest prize so far, while Apple TV+ entered streaming's big league with the best comedy series win for "Ted Lasso." Neither Netflix nor Apple TV+ had previously won a best comedy or best drama series Emmy.

Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of "Ted Lasso," was named best comedy actor. The show also brought statuettes for Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein for their supporting roles in the tale of a struggling English soccer team that won over TV fans with its folksy humor during the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"This show is about family. This show's about mentors and teachers and this show's about teammates. And I wouldn't be here without those three things in my life," Sudeikis said on Sunday.

Despite a nominees list that boasted the strongest showing in years for people of color, only a handful emerged as winners.

They included Britain's Michaela Coel, who won for writing the harrowing sexual assault drama "I May Destroy You" in which she also starred and directed; RuPaul, host of the competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race;" and the cast of hip hop Broadway musical "Hamilton," which won the Emmy for variety special after it was filmed for television.

Dancer, singer and actor Debbie Allen was given an honorary award celebrating 50 years in show business. "It’s taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time," Allen said.

It was a good night for women, and for Britons.

"Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn't comfortable," said Coel, who dedicated her Emmy to sexual assault survivors.

Lucia Aniello got a rare directing win for a woman for the comedy series "Hacks" about a fading female comedian. She also was one of the winning co-writers. Britain's Jessica Hobbs took home a directing Emmy for "The Crown."

"Not a lot of women have won this award so I feel like I am standing on the shoulders of some really extraordinary people," Hobbs said.

Seven of the 12 acting awards went to Britons, including Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor for playing Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne Prince Charles in a fourth season of "The Crown" that focused on the unhappy marriage of Charles and Princess Diana.

"We're all thrilled. I am very proud. I'm very grateful. We're going to party," said Peter Morgan, creator of "The Crown," at a gathering in London for the cast and crew.

An exuberant Kate Winslet won for her role as a downtrodden detective in limited series "Mare of Easttown," while Ewan McGregor was a surprise winner for playing fashion designer "Halston."

Concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus forced Sunday's ceremony to move to an outdoor tent in downtown Los Angeles, with a reduced guest list and mandatory vaccinations and testing but a red carpet that harked back to pre-pandemic times.

Here is a list of winners in key categories at television's Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and broadcast live on CBS television:

BEST DRAMA SERIES

"The Crown"

BEST COMEDY SERIES

"Ted Lasso"

BEST LIMITED SERIES

"The Queen's Gambit"

BEST COMEDY ACTOR

Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS

Jean Smart, "Hacks"

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Olivia Colman, "The Crown"

BEST DRAMA ACTOR

Josh O'Connor, "The Crown"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Gillian Anderson, "The Crown"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Tobias Menzies, "The Crown"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Brett Goldstein, "Ted Lasso"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"

BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Kate Winslet, "Mare Of Easttown"

BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Ewan McGregor, "Halston"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Julianne Nicholson, "Mare of Easttown"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Evan Peters, "Mare of Easttown"