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'Ted Lasso', 'The Crown' win big at the 73rd Emmys

The award ceremony was exclusively live-streamed in India on Lionsgate Play.

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Los Angeles: Netflix’s "The Crown" and Apple TV+’s "Ted Lasso" have won the Emmy for the Outstanding Drama and Comedy series respectively at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which returned with in-person glitz and glamour on Sunday, after going remote in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The ceremony honored the best in the US prime time television programming from 1 June 2020 until 31 May 2021, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences highlighting much of what folks have been watching during the pandemic.

Among the closely watched categories were those in outstanding comedy, where a whopping 75 per cent of the nominees were new to the category. The big winner was "Ted Lasso" taking home the award for comedy series, as well as comedy lead actor, supporting actor, and supporting actress. The freshman comedy with 13 nominations walked away with four awards in all.

"The Crown" which bagged a total of 11 nominations, won in the outstanding lead actor, drama (Josh O’Connor), lead actress, drama (Olivia Colman), and outstanding directing for a drama series (episode: ‘War’, directed by Jessica Hobbs) categories, in addition to five other wins.

"The Queen’s Gambit" took home the award in the closely watched Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series race. "Mare of Easttown" surprised some pundits with wins for lead actress, supporting actor and supporting actress in the Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.

Cedric the Entertainer, hosting for the first time, kicked off the ceremony with a strong opening hip-hop performance set to Biz Markie’s iconic song, “Just a Friend.” Cedric enlisted the help of a few A-listers to the act including LL Cool J, Lil Dicky, Rita Wilson and more. "TV, you got what I need!" the group sang, as seemingly everyone in the audience joined in. 

After a few trophies were handed out, Cedric brought his comedy A-game to the night with an opening monologue taking on Nicki Minaj, who was trolled online for her anti-vax commentary, the Jeopardy! host fiasco and also the royal family. Noting so much talent in the room, Cedric retorted, “Lock the doors, we’re not leaving until we find a new host for Jeopardy!"

Television Academy CEO and chairman Frank Scherma gave an impassioned speech as he took the stage to introduce and present the winner of this year’s Governor’s Award. “It’s so great to see that television and the stories we tell are finally becoming a reflection of every part of our society,” said Scherma.

Although television programming has seen a definitive rise in the representation of diverse characters, this year’s Emmy Awards is already being scrutinised since it had its most diverse field of nominees yet but failed to deliver. By the end of the night, no actors of color or LGBTQ actors had won any of the major acting awards.

Multi-talented actress and dancer, Debbie Allen accepted the 2021 Governor’s Award from Scherma and with tears in her eyes shared a heartfelt tribute to women in Texas and Afghanistan and called on women worldwide to let the moment resonate. “It is time for you to claim your power, claim your voice, say your song, tell your stories,” she said. Allen, a Black woman was one of only a few people of color who won an award.

RuPaul, the host and executive producer of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" became the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history with 11 wins after the VH1 series won the award for top competition program for the fourth year in a row during Sunday's ceremony.

The attendees were drastically scaled back to around a reported 500 and were required to follow Covid-19 protocols that mimic safety measures put in place on Hollywood sets. This included proof of vaccinations and requiring guests to wear masks when not on camera.

Complete list of winners:

Outstanding Variety Talk Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

Outstanding Competition Program: "RuPaul's Drag Race"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Jean Smart, "Hacks" 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso" 

Outstanding Comedy Series: "Ted Lasso" 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or a Movie: Ewan McGregor, "Halston"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or a Movie: Kate Winslet, "Mare of Easttown"

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series: "The Queen's Gambit" 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Olivia Colman, "The Crown" 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O'Connor, "The Crown"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Brett Goldstein, "Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Tobias Menzies, "The Crown" 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, "The Crown" 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: Evan Peters, "Mare of Easttown" 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: Julianne Nicholson, "Mare of Easttown"

Outstanding Drama Serie: "The Crown"

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: "Saturday Night Live"

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

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): "Hamilton" 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: "Hacks" (Episode: 'There Is No Line'), Directed by Lucia Aniello

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: "The Crown" (Episode: 'War'), Directed by Jessica Hobbs

Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: "The Queen's Gambit," Directed by Scott Frank 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: "Hacks" (Episode: 'There Is No Line'), written by Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs, and Jen Statsky

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: "The Crown" (Episode: 'War'), written by Peter Morgan

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: "I May Destroy You," written by Michaela Coel

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" 

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