The Crown bagged seven awards at the 73rd Primetime Emmys, held on Sunday, bringing Netflix its first Emmy in the Best Drama Series category. The streaming platform’s total tally for the night was a record 44 awards.
The Crown, which follows the British royal family from Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, also bagged actors Josh O’ Connor and Olivia Colman wins in the lead actor categories. While Connor played Prince Charles, Colman played the queen. Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson took home Emmys in the supporting actor categories for the same show, which additionally saw Jessica Hobbs and Peter Morgan win for directing and writing, respectively.
Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit won Emmys for Best Direction in a Limited Series and Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.
Both The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit won a total of 11 Emmys each, including the Creative Arts Emmys.
Following Netflix was HBO/HBO Max, that won a total of 19 Emmys, including the Creative Arts Emmys. Among the HBO shows that made a mark was Mare of Easttown, headlined by Kate Winslet. While Winslet won the award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category, co-stars Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson also bagged awards for their supporting roles.
Jason Sudeikis won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role in Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso.
Michaela Coel received an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her HBO show based on her own sexual assault, I May Destroy You.
Receiving the award, Coel, who also directed and starred in the mini series, said, “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you. In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves and to, in turn, constantly feel the need to be visible. Visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear – from it, from us, for a while – and see what comes to you in the silence.”
Coel was also one of the few artists of colour who received an Emmy on Sunday. American drag queen RuPaul Charles’ show RuPaul’s Drag Race won the Emmy in the Outstanding Competition Program category. As host of the show, RuPaul earlier took home the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for the sixth year in a row.
The 73rd Primetime Emmy awards was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, and conducted in a fully air-conditioned tent at LA LIVE in Los Angeles. Presenters at the event included Uzo Aduba, Awkwafina, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Jessica Long, Mindly Kaling, Amy Peohler, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others.
Attendance was limited after the Academy declared in August that nominated teams of three or more members were to be restricted to no more than four tickets per nomination.
The full list of winners can be accessed here.