The Crown, a Netflix royal drama, and Ted Lasso, an Apple TV comedy, were the top victors at the Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, and Tobias Menzies won four acting awards for The Crown, including best drama series. Colman stated about her final series as Queen Elizabeth II, “What a magnificent finale to the most remarkable adventure with this great family.” “I enjoyed every minute of it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.” “I wish my dad was here to see this,” she said, crying, “because I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would’ve adored all of this.”
The Crown’s win in the best drama series category is not the first time a streaming service has taken home the top prize at the Emmys, but it is Netflix’s first. Anderson was honoured for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher, Menzies was honoured for his portrayal of the Duke of Edinburgh, and O’Connor was honoured for his portrayal of Prince Charles. Many of this year’s nominated actresses from The Crown, notably Emerald Fennell, who portrayed the Duchess of Cornwall, and Colman, who will be replaced as the Queen in the upcoming fifth season by Imelda Staunton, left the show following its most recent series.
Many British nominees arrived via a different hub in London. Michaela Coel, who received best writing for a limited series for her sexual consent drama I May Destroy You, was among the UK winners. As she accepted her award, she remarked, “I dedicate my story to every single survivor of sexual abuse.”
Netflix’s 44 wins this year put it well ahead of its nearest competitor, HBO and its HBO Max streaming service, which received 19. This is the first year that Netflix has won more Emmys than HBO, which has dominated the awards show for years. With 14, Disney+ came in third, followed by Apple TV with ten. Larry King, Michael Apted, Alex Trebek, Helen McCrory, Jessica Walter, Cicely Tyson, and Michael K Williams were among the celebrities honoured in this year’s In Memoriam segment.
The ceremony, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer of the United States, came after a year of increased TV consumption due to global lockdown restrictions.