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Big wins and lots of laughs: Here's what happened at this year's Emmys

Cedric the Entertainer hosts the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 19, in Los Angeles.

First off, Cedric the Entertainer should host the Emmys every year. Heck, I nominate him right now to host the Oscars. He was just the right bit of funny, snarky and the skits were smart. I think it’s safe to say that the opening number put us all in a good mood.

Now, although the show felt an hour too long — most of us have leaned on television during the Covid-19 pandemic. So it feels like this year especially, we’ve all seen pretty much everything that’s nominated. At least I do!

The two shows that took home the most awards over the past two weekends were “Ted Lasso,” which won seven, and “The Crown,” who won 11. If you aren’t watching those, you need to start binging. When it comes to one of the most coveted categories, outstanding limited series, the award went to one of my favorite shows, “The Queens Gambit.”

It was a big night for Netflix who took home a total of 44 Emmys, tying an all-time record for a single year, according to CNN’s Brian Lowry.

Also, major props to RuPaul Charles, who made Emmy history by becoming the most-awarded person of color in the show’s history with 11 wins.

Kate Winslet accepts her award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie at the Emmy Awards, on September 19.

Bravo to Kate Winslet who took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role in “Mare of Easttown.” Well deserved.

Much love to Jean Smart who won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role in “Hacks.” I’ve been rooting for her since her days on “Designing Women.”

An emotional moment was when Debbie Allen received a standing ovation as she was awarded the Governors Award at the Emmys.

Lastly, best speech of the night went to “I Will Destroy You” star Michaela Coel, who dedicated her Emmy win for outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie to survivors of sexual abuse.

"The Crown" sweeps the night with 7 Emmy Awards

“The Crown”

It was a royal night for Netflix drama “The Crown.”

The show was the big winner of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards taking home seven awards tonight.

The show won in the following categories:

  • Outstanding drama series
  • Lead actor in a drama
  • Lead actress in a drama
  • Best supporting actor
  • Best supporting actress
  • Outstanding directing for a drama
  • Outstanding writing in a drama

This is in addition to the show’s four awards already announced last weekend for:

  • Outstanding single-camera picture editing for a drama series
  • Outstanding guest actress in a drama series
  • Outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series (one hour)
  • Outstanding casting for a drama series

The drama takes home a total of 11 Emmys this year.

"The Queen's Gambit" wins for outstanding limited series

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Queen’s Gambit” just won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

The hit Netflix show follows the story of fictional child prodigy Beth Harmon, who rises to become a grandmaster in the male-dominated world of chess.

"The Crown" wins outstanding drama series

“The Crown”

One of the most important categories of the night is outstanding drama series.

This year’s winner was Netflix’s hit show “The Crown.”

The cast erupted into cheers from their off site location in London. The show won numerous awards throughout the night including Olivia Colman walking away with an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

"Ted Lasso" wins outstanding comedy series

“Ted Lasso”

“Ted Lasso” took home the Emmy for best comedy series.

The win topped an excellent night for the Apple TV+ series that has stolen many a heart this year and snagged several Emmys Sunday night.

In the words of Coach Ted Lasso: “As the man once said, the harder you work, the luckier you get.”

"Hamilton" wins Emmy for outstanding pre-recorded variety special

"Hamilton"

“Hamilton” just won an Emmy in the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category.

Actress Renée Elise Goldsberry said the award represented “the synergy between the medium of television and theater.”

“What a gift we can be to each other. What a gift you gave us last year when we were dark and dispersed. Television provided the platform for us to come together to put on a show,” she said.

“Look around, look around! The curtains are going back up. And the lights are coming back on,” Goldsberry added in a nod to Broadway reopening after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Colbert thanks team for "amazing" work producing "Election Night 2020" special during pandemic

Stephen Colbert’s “Election Night 2020” just won the Emmy for variety live special.

He commended his team for pulling off producing the show during the pandemic.

“The most amazing thing is that these people did this show, not just in their own little zoom rooms, like everybody in this industry did over the past year, they did a live show in their own zoom rooms,” Colbert said.

He continued: “And it meant everybody on the show had to be their own leader and ask everything of themselves and do more than I could ever have expected.”

Conan O’Brien crashed the stage and acted overly excited. Colbert joked about O’Brien’s bit, saying, “most of the people behind me, most of the people behind me really deserve this Emmy right now.”

"The Crown" star Josh O'Connor wins lead actor in a drama series: "I'm an absolute wreck"

Josh O’Connor in “The Crown.”

Josh O’Connor won the lead actor in a drama Emmy for his role as Prince Charles in “The Crown.”

“I’m an absolute wreck,” O’Connor said in accepting the award.

“Making ‘The Crown’ has been the most rewarding two years of my life,” he continued before thanking the cast, crew and others involved in the production as well as his parents, siblings and girlfriend.

“And finally to my grandparents, my grandmother who passed a few months ago and my grandfather Peter O’Connor, who hopefully will watch this in the morning, your kindness and loyalty has been the greatest gift,” he said. “Thank you so much.”

Olivia Colman wins Emmy for "The Crown"

Olivia Colman in “The Crown.”

Olivia Colman has done it, she took home the coveted award for lead actress in a drama series for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s hit series “The Crown.”

She accepted the award from a separate Emmys set in London and became emotional talking about her father who passed away during the pandemic.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson presented Colman with the award.

"Halston" star Ewan McGregor wins outstanding lead actor in a limited series

Ewan McGregor in “Halston.”

Ewan McGregor won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie for his role in “Halston,” where he depicts the American fashion designer who rose to international fame in the 1970s.

It’s the first Emmy win for the Scottish actor who’s been nominated four times.

Kate Winslet wins Emmy for "Mare of Easttown"

Kate Winslet in “Mare of Easttown.”

Kate Winslet took home the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role in “Mare of Easttown.”

Winslet enthusiastically thanked the cast and crew of the hit show, including the “almighty Jean Smart.”

She also thanked “my children the greatest people in the world,” her husband Ned.

“Thank you so much,” she told the crowd.

"I Will Destroy You" star Michaela Coel dedicates Emmy win to survivors of sexual abuse

Michaela Coel in “I May Destroy You.”

“I Will Destroy You” star Michaela Coel dedicated her Emmy win for outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie to survivors of sexual abuse.

Sir Patrick Stewart presented the award to Coel who gave a powerful speech tonight.

“Write the tales that scare you, that make 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 feel the need to be constantly visible, for 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 said.

"The Queen's Gambit" director Scott Frank wins

“The Queen’s Gambit”

Scott Frank won the Emmy for directing for a limited or anthology series or movie for “The Queen’s Gambit.”

“As we all know, a film crew is a family born out of a shotgun wedding. And it was an honor to be included in this family,” he said. 

Legendary Debbie Allen receives the Governors Award

Debbie Allen attends the Creative Arts Emmys on September 12, in Los Angeles, California.

An emotional Debbie Allen received a standing ovation as she was awarded the Governors Award at the Emmys.

The woman who went from a dancer to a choreographer, actor and a famed TV director thanked everyone from Captain Kangaroo to Shonda Rhimes for helping her career.

And she was determined to get her full speech heard.

“Honey turn that clock off, I ain’t paying no attention to it,” she said as they tried to count her speech down.

Allen ended her acceptance speech with a message.

“Let this moment resonate with women across the world, across this country and across this world,” she said. “From Texas to Afghanistan … and also young people who have no vote, who can’t even get a vaccine, they are inheriting the world that we leave them. It is time for you to claim your power, claim your voice, say your song, tell your stories,” she said.

“It will make us a better place. Your turn,” Allen said.

RuPaul Charles just became the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history

RuPaul accepts the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or competition program for "RuPaul's Drag Race" during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 12, in Los Angeles.

RuPaul Charles, the host of reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” just won his 11th Emmy.

That makes Charles the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history.

Before tonight’s award, he was tied with cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" wins Emmy for outstanding competition program

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” just won the Emmy for outstanding competition program.

RuPaul Charles, the host of the reality show, thanked “all of our lovely children on our show from around the world.” 

“You know, they are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life, even more difficult today. This is for you,” he said. 

After he left the stage, Frank Scherma, chairman of the Television Academy, was introduced. When he came on stage, Conan O’Brien started screaming and saluted Scherma from the audience.

Jason Sudeikis wins outstanding lead actor for "Ted Lasso"

Jason Sudekis stars in “Ted Lasso.”

Jennifer Coolidge presented the award to Jason Sudeikis for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his hit show “Ted Lasso.”

“This show is about family, mentors, teammates,” Sudeikis said in part.

“I want to thank my teammates who helped make this show … the incredible writing staff, incredible directors, my incredible cast. I’m only as good as you guys make me look.”

When it came to thanking his co-stars, he said, “It means the world to me to be up here and just be a mirror of what you guys give to me and we reflect back and forth on each other.”

Jean Smart wins outstanding lead actress for "Hacks" and pays tribute to late husband

Jean Smart in “Hacks”

Jean Smart just won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role in “Hacks.”

She started her thank you speech by paying tribute to her husband who died six months ago.

“Before I say anything else I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away six months yesterday. I would not be here without him, and without his kind of putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I have had,” Smart said.

Lucia Aniello wins Emmy for directing for "Hacks"

Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Lucia Aniello just won the award for directing for a comedy series for “Hacks.”

She thanked the stars of the show Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder “for giving so much of themselves to these characters. 

“I mean they are you and we are so, so lucky to experience your love every day. And I love you both so much,” Aniello said.

She also thanked her husband and the show’s co-creator, Paul W. Downs. “I’m in love with you which is why I married you last weekend,” she said.

Aniello joked that she would love to say her wedding vows again, but the teleprompter said stop “so I can’t do that.”

"Hacks" wins Emmy for writing for a comedy series

“Hacks” wins!

Paul W. Downs unrolled a speech for winning a writing Emmy for “Hacks.”

He thanked the cast and crew, and his co-writers joined him on stage.

We are back up "Schitt's Creek"

Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy of "Schitt's Creek" attend the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, in Los Angeles, California.

The cast of “Schitt’s Creek” reunited Sunday night for the Primetime Emmy Awards and boy did we miss them.

Eugene Levy, his father Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy did a bit where there was nothing on the prompter.

As the audience twittered nervously, the elder Levy said, “They wouldn’t be doing this on purpose would they?”

“Why would anyone want to embarrass us on national television on purpose?” his son asked.

Turns out Eugene Levy told the writers to “lift” his dialogue by tightening it a bit.

Could we please get another season of “Schitt’s Creek,” please?!?!

"Saturday Night Live" takes the award for variety sketch series

“SNL” won the Emmy for best variety sketch series.

Creator and producer Lorne Michaels accepted the award noting that they “began last season with six live election shows in a Covid bubble with everyone in masks and a small audience of exhausted first responders. No better way to do comedy.”

“The Dave Chappelle/Foo Fighters show was the last of those six shows and it happened on the Saturday the election result was announced,” Michaels said. “Fatigue soon turned to exhilaration and we went to work.”

He said that show won the Emmy.

“And lastly, ‘Weekend Update’ has been part of ‘SNL’ for 46 seasons,” Michaels said. “And here I’d like to pay tribute to one of the best we ever had, Norm Macdonald.”

An hour into the Emmys, "The Crown" takes the lead with 4 awards

We’re one hour into the Emmy Awards and so far British drama “The Crown” is leading the pack with four awards.

Tobias Menzies won best supporting actor, Gillian Anderson won best supporting actress, Jessica Hobbs won for outstanding directing for a drama and Peter Morgan won outstanding writing in a drama.

That’s a win for Netflix as well who streams the show.

Comedy “Ted Lasso” and the limited series “Mare of Easttown” have both won two Emmys.

Outstanding variety talk series goes to "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

Kaley Cuoco presented the coveted late night show award for “Outstanding Variety Talk Series” to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

The show beat out other nominees like Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah.

Oliver’s team had just taken the stage to accept the award for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.”

Kerry Washington pays tribute to Michael K. Williams: "Your excellence, your artistry will endure"

Michael K. Williams attends the Los Angeles premiere of MGM's "Respect" on August 8.

When Kerry Washington took the stage to present the award for best supporting actor in a drama series, she started it off by paying tribute to her friend, Michael K. Williams.

The actor, best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO’s “The Wire,” died earlier this month.

“I would like to take a moment to mention one nominee in particular, Michael K. Williams. Michael, was crazy to say was, a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon … your excellence, your artistry will endure,” Washington said.

"The Crown" star Tobias Menzies wins best supporting actor in a drama series

Tobias Menzies stars in “The Crown.”

Tobias Menzies won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama for his role in “The Crown.”

He was not there so presenter Kerry Washington accepted the award on his behalf.

Gillian Anderson wins supporting actress in a drama series for "The Crown"

Gillian Anderson stars in “The Crown.”

Gillian Anderson just won the award for supporting actress in a drama series for her role in “The Crown”

Jessica Hobbs wins outstanding director for a drama series for "The Crown"

Jessica Hobbs attends the "The Crown" 73rd Primetime Emmys Celebration at Soho House, in London, England.

Jessica Hobbs won the Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series for “The Crown.”

“Not a lot of women have won this award so I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of some, some really extraordinary people, I’m really grateful for the path that they lead and I would particularly like to pay tribute, tribute to my mum, who at 77, is still directing,” Hobbs said.

Peter Morgan wins outstanding writing in a drama series for "The Crown"

Mindy Kaling presented the award to Peter Morgan for his incredible writing for the hit Netflix series “The Crown.”

Morgan accepted the award live from London where there was a separate location set up.

“I’m very proud and very grateful, we’re going to party,” he said.

"Mare of Easttown" star Evan Peters wins Emmy for supporting actor in a limited series

Evan Peters in “Mare of Easttown”

Evan Peters thanked “Kate Winslet for being Kate Winslet,” during his speech for his win for outstanding supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie for “Mare of Easttown.”

He added the win was “a dream come true for me tonight.”

He also thanked fans for watching the show.

Julianne Nicholson wins Emmy for her role in "Mare of Easttown"

Julianne Nicholson in “Mare of Easttown.” (Michele K. Short/H

Julianne Nicholson just won the award for best supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie for her role in “Mare of Easttown.”

In her speech, Nicholson gave special thanks to her co-star, Kate Winslet.

“Man, you’re good at acting,” Nicholson said to Winslet. “But turns out, that you’re good at caring for a whole production. You led all of us every step of the way with such care and intelligence and love.”

Nicholson joked that if Winslet hadn’t called and asked if she wanted to join the cast, “I would have probably read the first two episodes and said ‘nah, the priest did it’ and stayed home.” 

"Ted Lasso" star Brett Goldstein wins supporting actor in a comedy series

Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso.”

Brett Goldstein just won supporting actor in a comedy series for his role playing Roy Kent in “Ted Lasso.”

Goldstein beat out three of his costars who were also nominated in the category: Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed and Jeremy Swift.

“Thank you for creating the show and inviting me to be part of it,” Goldstein said as he accepted his award. 

“It has been one of the greatest honors, privileges, and privileges – I just said that twice but it is a double privilege – it is the most privilege, privilege and pleasures of my life,” he joked.

Seth Rogen really doesn't want to be at tonight's Emmys

Seth Rogen called it.

“They said this was outdoors. It’s not,” he kicked off his presenter’s jokes.

“We’re in a hermetically sealed tent, I would not have come to this,” he added. “We have a roof!”

To drive the point home that he really doesn’t like being in a crowded room during a pandemic by saying, “I went from wiping my groceries to Paul Bettany sneezing in my face.”