20 Sep 2021

Royals, underdogs, friends and Baby Yoda - it's time for the Emmys

4:06 pm on 20 September 2021

Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor have won the top television Emmy awards for drama actors, on a banner night for British talent, dominated by The Crown and comedy Ted Lasso.

Jason Sudeikis, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Ted Lasso', poses in the press room during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Jason Sudeikis was named best comedy actor for Ted Lasso and the show also picked up the Best Comedy Series award. Photo: 2021 Getty Images via AFP

Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of Ted Lasso, was named best comedy actor and the show brought statuettes for Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein for their supporting roles in the heartwarming tale of a struggling English soccer team.

"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.

Ted Lasso also picked up the award for Best Comedy Series.

But it wasn't all plain sailing. Ted Lasso lost the comedy writing and directing awards to Hacks, about a fading stand-up female comedian played by Jean Smart, who got a standing ovation when she was named best comedy actress.

Colman and O'Connor, who played Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, in the lavish saga of the British royal family The Crown were named best drama actor and actress.

The Crown also received the Best Drama Series award.

Emma Corrin played Princess Diana in The Crown TV Series.

Photo: AFP / Photo12 / 7e Art / Left Bank Pictures / Netflix

After a season that focused on the unhappy marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, The Crown also brought wins for supporting actors Gillian Anderson (as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) and Tobias Menzies (the late 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, creator of The Crown, at a gathering in London for the cast and crew.

Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You

Photo: Laura Radford / BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Service

An exuberant Kate Winslet was named best actress for her turn as a troubled detective in the limited series Mare of Easttown, while Ewan McGregor won for playing fashion designer Halston.

Concerns over the Covid-19 Delta variant forced Sunday's ceremony to move to an outdoor tent in downtown Los Angeles, with a reduced guest list and mandatory vaccinations and testing.

But the Los Angeles red carpet looked much like pre-pandemic days, with stars posing maskless in plunging gowns and bold colours.

- Reuters

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