/ 29 September 2021

Last September 19 in the US and 20th here in the Philippines, the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Emmy Awards nominations announcement might have been done virtually back in July but this was not the case for the actual Emmys. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the event was attended in-person by the big names of the small screen.

Netflix-original historical drama The Crown was the night’s big winner for drama. Tied with Disney+’s The Mandalorian in terms of nominations, both at 24, The Crown nabbed a total of 11 wins. It won the award for Outstanding Drama Series as well as awards for its writing and directing. Its cast members also swept the acting awards for drama—Olivia Colman (best actress), Josh O’Connor (best actor), Gillian Anderson (best supporting actress), and Tobias Menzies (best supporting actor).

Meanwhile, the big winner for comedy was Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso. It garnered 4 wins including Outstanding Comedy Series while the show’s actors—Jason Sudeikis (best actor), Hannah Waddingham (best supporting actress), and Brett Goldstein (best supporting actor)—claimed the majority of the acting awards for comedy. The award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy went to Jean Smart of HBO Max’s Hacks.

All in all, Netflix may be regarded as the 2021 Emmys’ biggest winner with 44 wins in total from both the Primetime Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys. Another one of its originals, widely popular The Queen’s Gambit also won as Outstanding Limited Series. Its director Scott Frank won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series.

As award shows go, this was another night for celebration. In terms of diversity? Not so much. Despite the list of nominees actually being quite diverse, all major acting awards were brought home by white actors.

On a brighter note, creator and lead of I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel won the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series. Coel and her show were snubbed by the Golden Globes earlier this year and this caused quite the uproar online, understandably so.