Drama The Crown and comedy Ted Lasso have taken home the top prizes at television’s Emmy awards while The Queen’s Gambit was named best limited series in what turned out to be a strong night for streaming giant, Netflix, and British acting talent.
The Crown was named best drama series giving Netflix its biggest prize so far during the ceremony on Sunday, while Apple TV+ entered streaming’s big leagues as Ted Lasso, which focuses on the fortunes of a struggling English football club and their American manager, won best comedy series – a first for AppleTV+.
Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor won the top acting Emmys for their performances in the most recent series of The Crown, which focussed on the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher was British prime minister and Prince Charles married Princess Diana.
Colman and O’Connor, who played Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, were named best drama actor and actress.
Fellow British thespian Kate Winslet was named best actress for her performance as a small-town detective in the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, while Ewan McGregor was honoured for his role in Netflix’s Halston.
The Crown also brought wins for supporting actors Gillian Anderson, who portrayed Thatcher, and Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Philip, as well as for writing and directing.
“We’re all thrilled. I am very proud. I’m very grateful. We’re going to party,” said Peter Morgan, the drama’s creator, at a gathering in London for the cast and crew.
Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of Ted Lasso, was named best comedy actor while Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein were honoured for their supporting roles.
“This show is about family. This show’s about mentors and teachers and this show’s about teammates. And I wouldn’t be here without those three things in my life,” Sudeikis said on accepting the award.
The popular Queen’s Gambit, which sparked a worldwide boom in chess, took home the award for best limited series, against stiff competition from programmes including Mare of Easttown and I May Destroy You.
Concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus forced the ceremony to move to an outdoor tent in downtown Los Angeles, with a reduced guest list and mandatory vaccinations and testing.
Key award winners at the Emmys
Best drama series
Best comedy series
Best limited series
The Queen’s Gambit
Best actress (drama)
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Best actor (drama)
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Best actress (comedy)
Jean Smart, Hacks
Best actor (comedy)
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Best supporting actress in a drama
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Best supporting actor in a drama
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Best supporting actor in a comedy
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Best supporting actress in a comedy
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Best actress, limited series or movie
Kate Winslet, Mare Of Easttown
Best actor, limited series or movie
Ewan McGregor, Halston
Best supporting actress, limited series or movie
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Best supporting actor, limited series or movie
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown