LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix’s “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” combined with Apple TV + ‘s “Ted Lasso” to win Best Series honors at the Sunday Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that have cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Peter Morgan, creator and screenwriter of the British royal saga “The Crown”, which has won acting, writing and directing awards in addition to four accolades. actor.
His comment can also apply to the premium cable channels that once ruled the Emmy Awards and to broadcast networks – including the host of Sunday’s ceremony, CBS – which have long since grown accustomed to being largely broadcasters as well. hikers.
Netflix won a total of 44 awards, tying the broadcast network record set in 1974 by CBS. The streaming service, which featured the first nominee for the drama series, “House of Cards” in 2007, ultimately won the category.
The first flagship series from newcomer Apple TV + arrived less than two years after its launch.
“The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” are tied as leaders with 11 awards each, with “Ted Lasso” leading the comedy side with seven trophies.
“The Queen’s Gambit” made Anya Taylor-Joy a star and an Emmy nominee for her portrayal of a struggling chess prodigy. Executive producer William Horberg honored her in his acceptance speech.
“You brought the sexy back to chess and inspired a whole generation of girls and young women to realize that patriarchy has no defense against our queens.” he said.
There was a silver lining for HBO with its limited series “Mare of Easttown,” the four-Emmy-winning crime drama, including a lead actor award for star Kate Winslet. For broadcaster NBC, “Saturday Night Live” once again took top variety honors.
The ceremony was also a disappointment for those who scrutinize diversity in Hollywood. The record number of colored nominees gave only two black winners, including RuPaul for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the star designer Michaela Coel’s writing award for “I May Destroy You”.
Cedric the Entertainer has proven to be a game host, going from a hip-hop opening act to gags and skits, but the relatively small crowd – due to pandemic precautions – has been fairly low-key in his response to him and to others.
There was a sense of personal sadness that pervaded the night, with a number of winners recounting the loss of loved ones.
“The Crown” stars Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor took home acting honors on Sunday, along with warm-hearted “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis and Generation Gap Story Jean Smart ” Hacks, “winners on the comedy side.
Colman and O’Connor formed a fictitious mother-son duo winning: she plays Queen Elizabeth II, with O’Connor as Prince Charles in the saga of the British royal family which combines gravitas and soap opera.
“I would have put the money in so that it didn’t happen,” Colman said of the award, calling it “a pleasant end to the most extraordinary journey” with the cast and creators of the show. She cut his remarks short, explaining why she was starting to cry.
“I lost my dad during COVID, and he would have loved it all. ” she said.
O’Connor praised Emma Corrin, who performed opposite him as Princess Diana and was also nominated on Sunday, as a “force of nature”.
He also thanked his grandmother, who passed away a few months ago, and his grandfather, Peter O’Connor, for the “greatest gifts” of kindness and loyalty.
Sudeikis co-created “Ted Lasso,” which many viewers have found a balm for tough pandemic times. He gave a speech evoking the main and upbeat character he plays in the series about a British football team and his unlikely American coach.
“This show is about families, mentors and teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without these things in my life,” Sudeikis said. He also thanked his cast mates saying, “I’m only as good as you make me look.”
Smart, who received a standing ovation, began her acceptance speech on a dark note: Her husband’s actor Richard Gilliland died six months ago.
“I wouldn’t be here without him” and his willingness to put his career first, said Smart. She also praised their two children as “brave individuals in their own right”.
Earlier in the evening, Hannah Waddingham, member of the exuberant cast of “Ted Lasso”, winner of the award for Best Supporting Actress for a Comedy, said that Sudeikis “changed my life with it, and more importantly. again, that of my little girl “.
Brett Goldstein, who won the matching award for supporting actor for playing a retired football star, said he promised not to swear and mimed or was muted for a few seconds , then called the show the “privilege and pleasure” of a lifetime.
Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies were honored for their supporting performances in “The Crown”.
Anderson, who played the role of British political leader Margaret Thatcher, was one of many cast members to agree to a “Crown” rally in London. Menzies, who plays Prince Philip, did not attend any of the ceremonies.
Prior to announcing the category winner, presenter Kerry Washington paid tribute to another nominee, Michael K. Williams of “Lovecraft County”. Williams died on September 6 at the age of 54.
“Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who passed away far too soon,” Washington said.
Another Lost Star was recalled by John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.
“No one has been funnier in the past 20 years than Norm Macdonald in late night comedy,” Oliver said of accepting the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Show, suggesting people spend time at watch clips of Macdonald, like he did after Macdonald died in September. 14 to 61 years old.
Kate Winslet, who played the main character in “Mare of Easttown”, and Ewan McGregor, who starred in the fashion biopic “Halston”, were honored as top actors for a limited series.
Winslet praised her nominated sisters in “this decade which must be dedicated to women who support one another”.
Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters won the award for Best Supporting Actor for “Mare of Easttown,” on crime and family dysfunction. She and Peters praised the Winslet star as an actor and colleague.
Debbie Allen received the Governors Award for a long and successful career as an actress, dancer, choreographer and activist.
“I tremble with gratitude and grace and try not to cry… it took many years, it took a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time. Courage and creativity, struggle and faith to believe that I could go on, and I did, ”she said.
The show opened with a musical number featuring Cedric the Entertainer rapping a modified version of Biz Markie’s hip-hop hit “Just a Friend” with lyrics like “TV, you have what I need.” LL Cool J has walked away from the public as stars such as Rita Wilson, Mandy Moore, and other abandoned worms celebrating the extent of television.
Seth Rogen presented the top prize, pouring cold water on the party mood by noting that the Emmys were standing in a giant tent. “There are far too many of us in this little room,” he exclaimed in what seemed like an attempt at humor that fell flat.
In cumulative prizes handed out on Sunday and at previously hosted creative arts events, outlets that followed Netflix included HBO and HBO Max with 19 combined prizes; Disney + with 14; Apple TV +, 10; NBC, 8.
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