The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards proved to be a big success for “Ted Lasso,” “The Crown,” and “Mare of Easttown.” Cedric the Entertainer (Cedric Kyles) hosted, with the addition of some cringeworthy and outdated sketches.
“The Crown” swooped wins across the board in the drama category as they brought home seven titles—which included Outstanding Directing, Writing, Supporting Actress, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Drama Series—the most of any show this year.
As for comedy, “Ted Lasso” managed to win seven of the comedy titles.
A surprising twist of the night was the accolades “Hacks” received. Compared to the popularity of other nominees, this underdog HBO dramedy managed to snag Outstanding Writing, Directing, and Lead Actress for a comedy series.
20-time nominee and five-time Emmy winner Debbie Allen won this year’s Governor Award, giving a heartfelt speech of her gratitude and advising the youth of America to make their own voices heard.
“Rupaul’s Drag Race” had success as well, winning both Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality/Competition Program. Leon Bridges and John Batiste paid tribute to the stars that have passed with a live rendition of “Take Me To Your River.”
One of the downfalls of the award show were the prerecorded skits between the awards, like a skit involving the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head. Nonetheless, one skit seemed to land: “The No Emmy Support Group.”
Overall, it was still a big night for streaming service shows, like Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso,” and HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.”