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09-20-2021 Daily Edition September 19, 2021

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Emmys: ‘The Crown’ Reigns; Full Winners List

Netflix’s The Crown reigned over the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, with seven honors, including drama series. Meanwhile, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso took home four while HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s Mare of Easttown have claimed three wins apiece and Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit won two honors including a win for limited series. The honors, […]

Netflix’s The Crown reigned over the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, with seven honors, including drama series.

Meanwhile, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso took home four while HBO Max’s Hacks and HBO’s Mare of Easttown have claimed three wins apiece and Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit won two honors including a win for limited series.

The honors, held in downtown Los Angeles outdoors at L.A. Live entertainment complex, were broadcast in a live telecast on CBS and on Paramount+. Cedric the Entertainer hosted. The full list of primetime winners is below.

Analysis: Emmys Give The Crown a Coup, as Ted Lasso and Netflix Have a Lot to Brag About I Creative Arts Emmys Full Winners List

Limited Series
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) (WINNER)

I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon)
WandaVision (Disney+)

Drama Series
The Crown (Netflix) (WINNER)
The Boys (Amazon)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Pose (FX)
This Is Us (NBC)

Comedy Series
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) (WINNER)
Black-ish
(ABC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Pen15 (Hulu)

Lead Actress, Drama
Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix) (WINNER)
Uzo Aduba, In Treatment (HBO)
Emma Corrin, The Crown (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX)
Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Lead Actor, Drama
Josh O’Connor, The Crown (Netflix) (WINNER)
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Rege-Jean Page, Bridgerton (Netflix)
Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason (HBO)

Lead Actress, Comedy
Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max) (WINNER)
Aidy Bryant, Shrill
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)

Lead Actor, Comedy
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) (WINNER)
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Kenan Thompson, Kenan (NBC)

Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown) (WINNER)
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)

Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Ewan McGregor (Halston) (WINNER)
Paul Bettany (WandaVision)
Hugh Grant (The Undoing)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) (WINNER)

Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max)
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) (WINNER)

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks (HBO Max)
Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Scott Frank (WINNER)
Hamilton (Disney+), Thomas Kail
I May Destroy You (HBO), Michaela Coel
I May Destroy You (HBO), Sam Miller
Mare Of Easttown (HBO), Craig Zobel
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video), Barry Jenkins
WandaVision (Disney+), Matt Shakman

Outstanding Writing For a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie
I May Destroy You (HBO), Michaela Coel (WINNER)
Mare Of Easttown (HBO), Brad Ingelsby
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Scott Frank
WandaVision (Disney+), Chuck Hayward, Peter Cameron
WandaVision (Disney+), Jac Schaeffer
WandaVision (Disney+), Laura Donney

Supporting Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown (HBO) (WINNER)
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton (Disney+)
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton (Disney+)
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision (Disney+)

Supporting Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown (HBO) (WINNER)
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton (Disney+)
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton (Disney+)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (Disney+)
Anthony Ramos, Hamilton (Disney+)
Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You (HBO)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series
The Crown (Netflix) Peter Morgan (WINNER)
The Boys (Amazon Prime Video), Rebecca Sonnenshine
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Yahlin Chang
Lovecraft Country (HBO), Misha Green
The Mandalorian (Disney+), Dave Filoni
The Mandalorian (Disney+), Jon Favreau
Pose (FX), Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series
The Crown (Netflix), Jessica Hobbs
Bridgerton (Netflix), Julie Anne Robinson
The Crown (Netflix), Benjamin Caron
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Liz Garbus
The Mandalorian (Disney+), Jon Favreau
Pose (FX) Steven Canals

Supporting Actress, Drama
Gillian Anderson, The Crown (Netflix) (WINNER)
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
Emerald Fennell, The Crown (Netflix)
Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Supporting Actor, Drama
Tobias Menzies, The Crown (Netflix) (WINNER)
O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian (Disney+)
John Lithgow, Perry Mason (HBO)
Chris Sullivan, This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Writing For a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO) (WINNER)
The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (WINNER)
Conan (TBS)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live (NBC) (WINNER)
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Hacks (HBO Max), Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky (WINNER)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max), Steve Yockey
Girls5eva (Peacock), Meredith Scardino
Pen15 (Hulu), Maya Erskine
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Hacks (HBO Max), Lucia Aniello (WINNER)

B Positive (CBS), James Burrows
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max), Susanna Fogel
Mom (CBS), James Widdoes
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), Zach Braff
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), MJ Delaney
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+), Declan Lowney

Competition Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) (WINNER)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Variety Special (Live)
Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) (WINNER)
Celebrating America — An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
The Oscars (ABC)
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Hamilton (Disney+) (WINNER)
Bo Burnham: Inside
(Netflix)
David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)
8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)
Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)
A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

Emmys: It Took a Pandemic, But Netflix Finally Topped HBO

Netflix has earned Emmys bragging rights for the first time in its history. The streaming giant topped all winners after the statuettes were handed out — between Sunday’s ceremony and last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys — with a total of 44 thanks, in part, to a complete sweep by The Crown in the drama categories. […]

Netflix has earned Emmys bragging rights for the first time in its history.

The streaming giant topped all winners after the statuettes were handed out — between Sunday’s ceremony and last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys — with a total of 44 thanks, in part, to a complete sweep by The Crown in the drama categories. Netflix, after an eight-year wait, took home wins in two of the top three categories with victories for drama series (The Crown) and limited series (The Queen’s Gambit). Netflix’s 44-award haul tied the Emmys record for most wins in a single year, set by CBS back in 1974.

The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit also tied as the programs with the most wins (11), followed by NBC’s Saturday Night Live (eight), with Ted Lasso and The Mandalorian tied for third with seven each. Apple TV+ also took home its first series win for breakout comedy Ted Lasso.

As for the battle between Netflix and HBO, the latter — combined with HBO Max — finished a distant second with 19 wins across the Primetime and Creative Arts ceremonies. Disney+ finished third with 14, followed by Apple TV+ with 10.

Netflix entered Sunday’s Primetime telecast having already locked up its win over HBO/HBO Max. Heading into the ceremony, Netflix had a leading 34 wins to HBO/HBO Max’s 10, with 27 categories handed out Sunday. Of those, HBO/HBO Max was nominated in 23 of them, making it impossible for the WarnerMedia outlets to come out on top. Netflix also had the most series nominations across drama, comedy and limited — one more than the combined HBO/HBO Max. Netflix had only topped the Emmy nominations total twice: The Ted Sarandos-led platform snapped HBO’s 18-year streak as the most nominated outlet in 2018 and bested the cabler again last year with an all-time record for total nominations (160).

This was the first time that Netflix has sat alone atop the winners’ list, as the former DVD-by-mail outlet has only thus far managed to end the TV Academy’s biggest night in a tie with HBO in 2018 (with 23 apiece). Despite Netflix’s record nominations haul last year, HBO secured the bragging rights again (30 wins vs. 21).

Netflix entered the 73rd Primetime Emmys with 129 total nominations, second only to rival HBO, which, for the first time, combined with HBO Max and earned a grand total of 130 nominations. WarnerMedia submitted the premium cable network paired with its streaming counterpart to the TV Academy, which thus far has not policed how nominations are counted when it comes to platforms under the same corporate parent. Other rivals, like NBCUniversal and Disney, did not submit multiple platforms under one heading. THR research shows HBO collecting 94 vs. HBO Max’s 36.

If the nominations had been tallied the way they had been in the past — separating HBO and HBO Max — Netflix would have easily topped HBO proper to lead the pack for only the third time in its history. In a press release when the nominations were unveiled in July, WarnerMedia took a victory lap and celebrated its Emmys “lead” with 130 nominations, noting it was the 19th time in history that the “HBO brand” had “received the most nominations of any network/platform in a single year.”

The pandemic and last year’s industry-wide production shutdown without a doubt hampered HBO. Last year’s drama series winner, Succession, has been off the air for nearly two years. The third season debuts in October and would have been a front-runner this year had it been able to air within the eligibility period after collecting seven wins last year. Other favorites that missed out on Emmy love this year because of the pandemic included Barry, Insecure, technical favorite Westworld and Euphoria. Most, if not all of those, will be eligible next year along with the new seasons of HBO Max breakouts The Flight Attendant and Hacks. HBO and HBO Max also have full slates of new series including The Gilded Age, the untitled Lakers show and a Julia Child series, among others. (It’s unclear if Game of Thrones offshoot House of the Dragon will arrive in 2022, as had been previously expected.)

Here’s a rundown of wins by platform, including Creatives:

Netflix 44
HBO/HBO Max 19
Disney+ 14
Apple TV+ 10
NBC 8
Vh1 6
ABC 3
FX 3
Adult Swim 2
CNN 2
Fox 2
National Geographic 2
Showtime 2
Apple TV 1
Facebook Watch 1
IFC 1
Oculus 1
Paramount+ 1
Pluto TV 1
Quibi 1
YouTube 1

Here’s a rundown of programs with multiple wins (two or more):

The Crown 11
The Queen’s Gambit 11
Saturday Night Live 8
Ted Lasso 7
The Mandalorian 7
Love, Death + Robots 6
RuPaul’s Drag Race 5
Mare of Easttown 4
Bo Burnham: Inside 3
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet 3
Hacks 3
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 3
Pose 3
WandaVision 3
David Byrne’s American Utopia 2
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square 2
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal 2
Hamilton 2
I May Destroy You 2
Life Below Zero 2
Lovecraft Country 2
The Social Dilemma 2

#EmmysSoWhite: White Actors Sweep the 2021 Emmy Awards

“It comes with a lot of pressure, being Black, hosting a job like this,” 2021 Primetime Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer joked near the top of the show. “My people, they expect that I can just give an award to anybody. Black people like, ‘Yo Ced, come on man, you gotta give Martin Lawrence an […]

“It comes with a lot of pressure, being Black, hosting a job like this,” 2021 Primetime Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer joked near the top of the show. “My people, they expect that I can just give an award to anybody. Black people like, ‘Yo Ced, come on man, you gotta give Martin Lawrence an Emmy. And not just Martin, Ced, you gotta give Sheneneh one too.’

“Jimmy Kimmel don’t have that problem. He don’t have to give no award to Tony Danza,” the comedian continued.

Clearly it was just a joke, because very few Black people — or people of color in general — won at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Although performers from the global majority comprised 44 percent of acting nominees heading into Sunday night, white actors ultimately swept all 12 lead and supporting races across the comedy, drama and limited series categories. (At the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, three of the four winning guest actors were Black: Lovecraft Country‘s Courtney B. Vance and Saturday Night Live hosts Dave Chappelle and Maya Rudolph.)

Whereas several wins had been considered foregone conclusions — mostly in the comedy categories, which as expected went to the Ted Lasso ensemble and Hacks leading lady Jean Smart — the late Michael K. Williams was upset for supporting actor by an absent Tobias Menzies, part of The Crown‘s clean sweep in the drama races. Some thought The Crown‘s dual nominees for lead actress would cancel each other out, leading to a historic Emmy for Pose‘s Mj Rodriguez, who would have been the first transgender performer to win in a lead acting category. Other near milestones that will have to wait for another year include first Chinese American or first non-binary performer for supporting actor, comedy (SNL‘s Bowen Yang and Hacks‘ Carl Clemons-Hopkins, respectively); first Afro-Latina for supporting actress, comedy (The Flight Attendant‘s Rosie Perez); and first two-time Black lead actor, drama winners since Bill Cosby’s back-to-back wins in 1966-67 (a win for either Pose‘s Billy Porter or This is Us‘ Sterling K. Brown would have done it).

Although the Emmys producers took pains to keep the ceremony diverse — DJ Reggie Watts, announcer MC Lyte and In Memoriam tribute musicians Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste joined a racially diverse array of presenters — the first non-white winners of the night came one hour in, courtesy of Ali Barthwell, Greg Iwinski and Mark Kramer, three writers of color on Last Week Tonight‘s 14-scribe staff. RuPaul was the first Emmy winner of color to take the mic — at the 1-hour-and-52-minute mark — accepting the outstanding reality competition Emmy on behalf of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (That statuette was RuPaul’s 11th career Emmy, enough for him to surpass cinematographer Donald A. Morgan as the Emmys’ most decorated Black winner.)

A few minutes later, I May Destroy You creator Michaela Coel was the second of just three Emmy recipients from the global majority to speak onstage, as she became the first Black woman to win outstanding writing in a limited series. Debbie Allen — previously announced as this year’s Governors Award honoree — was the third. “It’s taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time,” said the acclaimed dancer, choreographer, actress, writer, producer and director, the first woman of color to receive the Governors Award since the board began conferring it in 1978. She is the second person of color to receive it, after Tyler Perry last year.

Other winners of color on the night included some of the producers behind outstanding variety talk show Last Week Tonight, outstanding reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, outstanding variety special (live) Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020 and outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) Hamilton.

“The good news is there are a lot of Black people nominated tonight,” Cedric the Entertainer said early in the evening. “Like my dawg Anthony Anderson. … This is Anthony’s 11th nomination, but tonight he’s up against Michael Douglas and Ted Lasso. So good luck, partner, but I gotta say, looks like it’s still hard out here for a pimp.”

Sept. 20, 1:07 p.m. Corrected to reflect that Rosie Perez would have been the first Afro-Latina Emmy winner for supporting actress, comedy. Jackee Harry was the first woman from the global majority to win in the category, in 1987 for her role in 227.

Michaela Coel and Julianne Nicholson Recognize Sexual Assault Survivors and Women in Texas, Afghanistan During Emmys

When Michaela Coel and Julianne Nicholson took to the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards stage on Sunday night, they used their acceptance speeches to platform the issues of sexual assault and women facing rights restrictions in places like Texas and Afghanistan. The I May Destroy You creator, who won this year’s writing for a limited or […]

When Michaela Coel and Julianne Nicholson took to the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards stage on Sunday night, they used their acceptance speeches to platform the issues of sexual assault and women facing rights restrictions in places like Texas and Afghanistan.

The I May Destroy You creator, who won this year’s writing for a limited or anthology series or movie honor, began her speech by saying that it was for writers, but she ultimately ended with a powerful show dedication to assault survivors.

“Write the tale that scares you. That makes you feel uncertain. That isn’t comfortable. I dare you,” she began her speech. “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 — don’t be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence.”

“I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault,” she concluded.

During her acceptance speech, Mare of Easttown star and supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie winner Julianne Nicholson gave a subtle nod to women impacted by the Texas abortion ban and the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan following the U.S. troop withdrawal, telling the Emmys audience, “I owe this to you, and all of the ladies out there in Philadelphia, in Kabul, in Texas or anywhere struggling sometimes, finding it hard to be happy sometimes, understanding that life can be a lot sometimes, but never stopping, never losing hope, never giving up.”

Following President Biden’s decision to stand by the Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan amid the unexpectedly rapid takeover of the country’s government by the Taliban, stars and other entertainment industry members including Angelina Jolie and Michael Moore weighed in on the humanitarian and political outcomes of the withdrawal. It was heavily criticized for its poor planning and disorganized evacuations, as well as an Islamic state attack at the Kabul airport that killed more than 100 Afghan civilians and 13 Americans soldiers.

Texas’ restrictive abortion law went into effect beginning in September after being passed by the state’s Congress and signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in May. The restrictive law effectively bans most abortions by making it illegal to abort any pregnancy in which a heartbeat is detected. While there is no specific language about banning abortions after six weeks, it’s frequently been labeled a six-week abortion ban because that’s about the time when fetal cardiac activity can be detected.

The law not only makes no exceptions for rape, sexual abuse or incest but also gives power to the public, incentivizing individuals to police abortions. It allows any resident of Texas to sue an abortion provider or any other entity they suspect or allege is “aiding and abetting” abortions after that time. It was upheld by the conservative Supreme Court following a Sept. 2 ruling, which allowed the law to remain in effect as its legality is still being battled out in the lower courts.

While introducing the Emmy for supporting actress in a drama, Stephen Colbert also joked about the financial cost of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent recall election.

“Tonight I’m presenting the Emmy for supporting actress in a drama, but first I have the results of the special recall election for the 2018 Emmy for outstanding comedy,” Colbert began. “As you remember that year the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was duly elected with an overwhelming majority, but California law does allow for the recall of any Emmy Award.”

“If enough signatures are first obtained, meaning the 2018 Emmy winner for best comedy could soon be the Marvelous Mrs. Larry Elder,” he said. “With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mrs. Maisel has survived the recall and will remain marvelous. Congratulations, and it only cost California $275 million.”

Colbert’s joke follows a positive outcome for Newsom on Sept. 14, after the California leader saw a recall effort to remove him from his current role foiled. Running against Newsom were 46 candidates, including reality television star Caitlyn Jenner and YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, who sought to replace him. With California voters voting “no,” the only successful recall attempt against a California governor remains to be in 2003, which saw movie star and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger unseat a Democrat, then-Gov. Gray Davis.

Newsom’s win was bolstered by Hollywood Democrats and progressives, including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, director Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Television chairman of entertainment Dana Walden and producer Matt Walden and singer-actress Barbra Streisand, who joined political leaders like President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to both fundraise and support Newsom.

Emmys Red Carpet Fashion: Most Memorable Looks from Anya Taylor-Joy to Billy Porter

After a 2020 awards show where the nominees appeared virtually, the Emmy Awards are back and in person this year. Live in downtown Los Angeles, the red carpet parade started at 3 p.m. PT with early arrivals including The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor wearing Loewe, Nailed It! host Nicole Byer in a purple Christian Siriano gown, […]

After a 2020 awards show where the nominees appeared virtually, the Emmy Awards are back and in person this year.

Live in downtown Los Angeles, the red carpet parade started at 3 p.m. PT with early arrivals including The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor wearing Loewe, Nailed It! host Nicole Byer in a purple Christian Siriano gown, Rita Wilson in Tom Ford and SNL‘s Bowen Yang in silver platform heels.

Among the night’s trends: bright, bold colors, especially neon yellows worn by Kaley Cuoco, Michaela Coel and Anya Taylor-Joy, and brilliant pink hues seen on Angela Bassett, Uzo Aduba and Phillipa Soo. Princess-cut dresses added a touch of old-Hollywood glam when worn by Jurnee Smollett, Yara Shahidi and Robin Thede. Several guys, meanwhile, opted for velvet looks, including Jason Sudeikis in Tom Ford and Bo Burnham in Etro.

Read on to see the the best and the worst of the night — from the head-turners to the head-scratchers — of the Emmys red carpet.

Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior

The Queen’s Gambit nominee Anya Taylor-Joy wore a pale yellow gown and yellow opera coat by Dior Haute Couture. Tiffany & Co. diamonds completed the look.

Regé-Jean Page in Giorgio Armani

The Bridgerton nominee wore made-to-measure Giorgio Armani: a midnight blue silk jacquard double-breasted evening jacket with a modified shawl collar, paired with classic evening trousers and a midnight blue evening shirt with a hidden placket. His accessories included a Longines watch, velvet tuxedo slippers by Gianvito Rossi, and a sapphire and gold stud earring by Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Cathy Waterman.

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Michaela Coel in Christopher John Rogers

Quadruple nominee Michaela Coel, winner for outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie for I May Destroy You, wore a bold neon two-piece gown by Christopher John Rogers.

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Kate Winslet in Giorgio Armani

Mare of Easttown winner Kate Winslet paired her black silk cady and chiffon gown by Giorgio Armani Privé with vintage jewelry from Fred Leighton.

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Elizabeth Olsen in The Row

WandaVision nominee Elizabeth Olsen wore a caftan-like gown designed by her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, for The Row, plus jewelry by Chopard and custom-dyed Chaka platforms by Stuart Weitzman.

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Hannah Waddingham in Christian Siriano

Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham of Ted Lasso, with co-star and fellow winner Brett Goldstein, wore a peach silk draped dress by Christian Siriano.

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Mj Rodriguez in Versace

Pose nominee Mj Rodriguez wore a custom teal gown by Atelier Versace with jewelry by Bulgari with diamonds totaling 71 carats. “I wanted to look like water coming out of the sea,” the actress said on the red carpet.

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Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera

Impeachment: American Crime Story star Sarah Paulson wore a red ruched gown with a deep V-neck by Carolina Herrera with diamond earrings by Mateo and shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

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Mindy Kaling in Carolina Herrera

Never Have I Ever co-creator Mindy Kaling wore a black column gown with a custom bow by Carolina Herrera and shoes by Jimmy Choo, plus more than 50 carats of diamonds by De Beers Jewellers.

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Taraji P. Henson in Elie Saab

Taraji P. Henson wore a plunging gown by Elie Saab, jewelry by Roberto Coin and shoes by Sophia Webster.

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Jason Sudeikis in Tom Ford

Ted Lasso winner Jason Sudeikis, ditching his hoodies, wore a velvet tuxedo and boots by Tom Ford.

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Billy Porter in Ashi

Pose star Billy Porter wore a winged custom look by Ashi with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and H. Crowne. “You know we got the wings. It was supposed to go all the way to the floor. That didn’t work out,” said the actor on the People/Entertainment Weekly red carpet preshow.

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Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang

The Flight Attendant nominee Kaley Cuoco wore a neon-hued gown by Vera Wang Haute with diamonds by De Beers Jewellers.

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Issa Rae in Aliétte

A Black Lady Sketch Show nominee Issa Rae wore a gown by Jason Rembert for New York-based Aliétte with graphic earrings by London-based jewelry designer Fernando Jorge.

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Kerry Washington in Etro

Kerry Washington wore a custom pale lilac bias-cut silk gown with corset detailing by Etro. Wrote the actress on her Instagram, “Thanks #Emmys for getting me out of the house..and into this AMAZING custom @etro gown, custom @stuartweitzman shoes and @debeersofficial bling.”

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Mandy Moore

This Is Us‘ Mandy Moore wore a crimson gown by Carolina Herrera.

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Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton

Genius nominee Cynthia Erivo wore a custom feather-trimmed leather halter gown by Louis Vuitton with diamonds by Roberto Coin.

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Josh O’Connor in Loewe

The Crown star Josh O’Connor, winner for best lead actor in a drama series, wore a custom suit by Loewe with a black-tie element in the shape of a flower. “I’m wearing head-to-toe Loewe and this is a flower. We’ve had some kind of issues with keeping it up but it’s holding, that’s the story,” he said on the People/EW preshow.

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Angela Bassett

Presenter Angela Bassett wore a black column gown with pink ruffle detail by Greta Constantine, paired with jewelry by Gismondi 1754.

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Olivia Colman in Roksanda

In London, The Crown nominee Olivia Colman wore a Roksanda dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic, along with Roger Vivier’s Mini Broche Vivier platform sandal.

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Jurnee Smollett in Dior

Lovecraft Country nominee Jurnee Smollett wore Dior Haute Couture paired with Bulgari jewelry (including a Divas’ Dream necklace in white gold and diamond) and Christian Louboutin shoes. “Thank you @dior and @mariagraziachiuri for making me feel like a princess in this dreamy dress,” wrote the actress on her Instagram.

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Jennifer Coolidge in Christian Siriano

The White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge, a presenter, wore a navy cape-accented gown by Christian Siriano.

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Cedric the Entertainer in Richfresh

Dressed by stylist Jason Rembert, Emmy Awards telecast host Cedric the Entertainer wore a graphic blue suit by L.A.-based brand Richfresh. “I feel good. I feel swaggy. We gonna do a couple other looks tonight. We gonna go hard with it,” the comedian said on the EW/People preshow.

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Emma Corrin in Miu Miu

In London, The Crown nominee Emma Corrin wore a custom gown with matching gloves and cap by Miu Miu. The star called the look “crucible realness for EMMYS 2021″ on Instagram.

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Jean Smart in Ralph Lauren

Jean Smart, winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Hacks, wore a custom long-sleeve turtleneck draped evening dress by Ralph Lauren Collection.

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Kathryn Hahn in Lanvin

Nominee Kathryn Hahn wore a strapless jumpsuit with belt by Lanvin, and an emerald and diamond necklace, with diamond and emerald rings, all from New York-based estate jewelry Briony Raymond. “I love wearing a jumpsuit. It feels like me,” said the WandaVision star on the EW/People preshow.

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Beanie Feldstein

Impeachment: American Crime Story star Beanie Feldstein wore a pleated gown by Brandon Maxwell with jewelry by Briony Raymond and Melissa Kaye and platform heels by Christian Louboutin.

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Yara Shahidi in Dior

Grown-ish‘s Yara Shahidi wore a custom emerald-hued gown by Dior Haute Couture, jewelry by Cartier and nude leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.

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Allison Janney in Azzi & Osta

Mom nominee Allison Janney wore an ivory look by Azzi & Osta, comprised of a structured crepe belted jacket with a peplum and draped neckline that transforms into a shawl with a custom full-length fitted skirt with slit, along with Tyler Ellis’ Aimee clutch.

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Leslie Odom Jr. in Dolce & Gabbana

Hamilton nominee Leslie Odom Jr. wore a head-to-toe look by Dolce & Gabbana, including a white embellished suit and shirt.

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America Ferrera in JC Obando

Presenter America Ferrera wore a purple column gown by L.A.-based designer JC Obando and Jennifer Meyer jewelry.

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Annie Murphy in Valentino

Kevin Can F**k Himself‘s Annie Murphy wore a crepe and chiffon draped shirtdress by Valentino Haute Couture with one-of-a-kind earrings and ring embellished with aquamarines by Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth.

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Kerri Russell in Zuhair Murad and Matthew Rhys

Keri Russell, on the red carpet with partner Matthew Rhys, wore a rose-hued beaded gown with a front slit and caped train by Zuhair Murad.

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Michael Douglas in Canali and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Christina Ottaviano

Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a gown by New York-based designer Christina Ottaviano, diamonds by Lorraine Schwartz and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin, while The Kominsky Method nominee Michael Douglas wore a suit by Canali.

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Robin Thede in Jason Wu

A Black Lady Sketch Show double nominee Robin Thede wore a custom gown by Jason Wu Atelier with vintage jewels from Fred Leighton and shoes by Stuart Weitzman. Wrote Thede on her Instagram, “This gown was lovingly and painstakingly made by @jasonwu and I’m gagging! It’s a Custom Pale Sage Embroidered Strapless Tulle Gown. Over 1000 hours of custom dyed fine bugle and caviar beads were used on this gown and over 50 hours in the making of the dress!!! And I’m wearing vintage diamonds all over from the @leightonjewels vault!!!! I am SO HONORED!”

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Ellen Pompeo in Elie Saab

The actress wore a black velvet long-sleeve jumpsuit with crystal detailing by Elie Saab.

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Nicole Byer in Christian Siriano

Nailed It! host Nicole Byer, nominated for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program, wore a purple ball gown by Christian Siriano. Getting ready, she said on the People/EW preshow, “took like a full two hours.”

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Catherine O’Hara in Cong Tri

Schitt’s Creek’s Catherine O’Hara wore a jumpsuit by Cong Tri with jewelry by Anne Sisteron.

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Tracee Ellis Ross in Valentino

Black-ish nominee Tracee Ellis Ross wore a beaded chiffon dress by Valentino Haute Couture with jewelry by Tiffany & Co. and patent-leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.

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Rita Wilson in Tom Ford

Rita Wilson, taking part in the opening of the awards show, wore a black silk tuxedo with sequined top by Tom Ford with jewelry by David Yurman.

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Samira Wiley in Sara Cavazza Facchini for Genny

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee Samira Wiley wore a tuxedo by Sara Cavazza Facchini for Genny, with jewelry by David Yurman and Lark & Berry, Tyler Ellis’ Candy Clutch, and shoes by Sophia Webster.

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Bowen Yang in Ermenegildo Zegna

SNL nominee Bowen Yang wore a tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna, jewelry by Tiffany & Co. and silver platform heels by Brooklyn-based Syro, a queer-owned cult footwear brand co-founded by Henry Bae and Shaobo Han.

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Kenan Thompson

The SNL nominee wore a pink peaked-lapel tux and matching pink bow tie.

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Dan Levy in Valentino

Presenter Dan Levy wore three pieces from Valentino Haute Couture’s fall-winter 2021 collection: a gabardine jacket in electric blue, a velvet-lurex shirt and wool trousers with gabardine panels.

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Aidy Bryant in Simone Rocha

Shrill star Aidy Bryant wore a custom dress by Simone Rocha.

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Uzo Aduba

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Bo Burnham in Etro

Bo Burnham, winner for outstanding writing for a variety special for Bo Burnham: Inside, wore a blue velvet tuxedo by Etro and jewelry by David Yurman.

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Awkwafina in Monique Lhuillier

The Shang-Chi and Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens star wore Monique Lhuillier’s high-neck, deep V bodice organza gown onstage as a presenter.

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Amber Ruffin

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Carl Clemons-Hopkins

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Gillian Anderson in Chloe

In London, The Crown winner Gillian Anderson wore a midriff-baring look by Chloe.

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Anthony Anderson

The Black-ish nominee wore a jacket with a bold floral pattern that was custom designed by his stylist Courtney Mays, plus a 39mm Omega Constellation watch, David Yurman bracelet and Magnanni shoes.

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Steven Pasquale and Phillipa Soo

Hamilton nominee Phillipa Soo and husband Steven Pasqale on the red carpet.

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Trevor Noah

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Brendan Hunt in Oliver Brown

The Ted Lasso nominee wore an Oliver Brown morning suit with a top hat, cane and cuff links by Asprey, and a Vacheron Constantin Art Deco pocket watch circa late 1920s.

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Susan Kelechi Watson in Markarian

The This Is Us star wore Markarian’s pink sequin wrap dress, which features silk-bow shoulder details, from the Spring-Summer 2022 collection.

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Dave Burd

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Cecily Strong

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Ashley Nicole Black

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Beth Behrs in Georges Hobeika

The Neighborhood‘s Beth Behrs wore a beaded silk gown by Georges Hobeika with diamond Vine ear cuffs by Graziela.

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D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

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Madeline Brewer

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee Madeline Brewer wore a bronze lacquered knit tank dress by Tom Ford.

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Sophia Bush in Markarian

Love, Victor‘s Sophia Bush wore a pink silk-faille gown by Alexandra O’Neill for Markarian and shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

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Ken and Tran Jeong

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Emerald Fennell in Valentino

The Crown nominee Emerald Fennell wore a diaphanous gown accented with paillettes by Valentino.

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O-T Fagbenle

The Handmaid’s Tale nominee O-T Fagbenle wore what he described as a “modernized” version of a traditional Nigerian agdaba, paired with a 41mm Omega Constellation Gents timepiece in yellow gold.

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Rosie Perez in Pamella Roland

The Flight Attendant nominee Rosie Perez wore a custom gold beaded-tulle gown with flutter cape sleeves by Pamella Roland.

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Cedric the Entertainer Kicks Off Emmys With TV-Inspired Cover of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend”

Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the 2021 Emmy Awards with a nostalgic vibe, using Biz Markie’s classic “Just a Friend” to pay homage to this year’s nominees, mixing in references to nominated shows Ted Lasso and The Crown with rapping help from LL Cool J, Lil Dicky and, perhaps most surprisingly, Rita Wilson. With the […]

Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the 2021 Emmy Awards with a nostalgic vibe, using Biz Markie’s classic “Just a Friend” to pay homage to this year’s nominees, mixing in references to nominated shows Ted Lasso and The Crown with rapping help from LL Cool J, Lil Dicky and, perhaps most surprisingly, Rita Wilson.

With the refrain “TV, you’ve got what I need,” the actor and comedian got nominees like Brendan Hunt, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson singing along to the chorus of the classic rap song, changing the lyrics to reflect TV’s biggest night. The opening number was also an homage to Biz Markie; the pioneering rapper died in July at age 57, and Cedric the Entertainer shouted “RIP Biz Markie!” as the segment ended.

In his opening monologue, the star of CBS’ The Neighborhood noted the strict COVD-19 protocols being followed at the event, including the requirement that all attendees be vaccinated, and poked fun at Nicki Minaj’s bizarre (and debunked) claim that the vaccine made one of her cousin’s friends impotent and caused his testicles to swell: “I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend, OK?”

He also joked about a hierarchy in vaccines, saying: “I got Pfizer, you know what I’m saying? Because I’m bougie,” later calling the Johnson & Johnson vaccine the “T.J. Maxx” of the lot.

Cedric went on to reference the ongoing drama surrounding the host search for Jeopardy!: “Lock the doors, we’re not leaving till we find a new host for Jeopardy!

He also mentioned multiple nominee The Crown. “As great as The Crown is, it pales in comparison to the real monarchy,” he joked. On Meghan Markle’s “hold” on Prince Harry, Cedric quipped: “He renounced his throne quicker than Eddie Murphy did in Coming to America.”

Later in the show, there was a video short featuring a support group for those who have not won an Emmy. Among the participants in the circle was Jason Alexander, who remarked that he has been nominated seven consecutive times for playing George Costanza in Seinfeld. “I lost all of the seven times,” said the actor, remarking that he’s been in the business for 47 years.

Zooey Deschanel, another participant in the support group, exclaimed: “My generation isn’t into awards … but also, where is my Emmy?”

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards was broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+ and included for the first time an ADA-compliant ramp designed for disabled members of the entertainment industry to access the Emmys stage.