September 19, 2021
The Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 19 saw streaming services win most of the major awards, with Netflix taking two of the three top Outstanding Series trophies at the ceremony telecast from Los Angeles and London on CBS.
The fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown” swept the drama series categories, taking not only the top award, but also all four acting categories as well as writing and directing.
Acting trophies went to Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II for Lead Actress, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles for Lead Actor, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip for Supporting Actor, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher for Supporting Actress.
“The Crown” also won four awards at the Sept. 11-12 Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies, bringing its total to 11 — among them, Claire Foy, who played the queen in the first two seasons, won Outstanding Guest Actress for reprising the role in a flashback cameo. Season four of “The Crown” arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit also ended up with 11 total Emmy wins, taking two from the Sept. 19 ceremony, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, and for directing.
It was Netflix’s first wins for both Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Limited Series.
Apple TV+ also scored big with “Ted Lasso” winning Outstanding Comedy Series and three of the four acting awards — Jason Sudeikis for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor. It won a total of seven trophies, including three Emmys from the technical categories a week earlier.
HBO’s Mare of Easttown won the bulk of the Limited or Anthology Series categories Sept. 19, with Kate Winslet winning Lead Actress, Evan Peters winning Supporting Actor, and Julianne Nicholson winning Supporting Actress. It had four total Emmys. Mare of Easttown arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.
HBO Max’s “Hacks” won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart, as well as comedy series writing and directing.
Disney+ content was largely shut out of the Sept. 19 awards, though it did win Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for Hamilton, the filmed version of the famed stage musical.
A week earlier, Disney+ had won 13 Emmys, bringing its total for the year to 14. Its Creative Arts wins included three for “WandaVision,” the first Emmys for Marvel Studios — including Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the popular song “Agatha All Along.”
Meanwhile, “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” won seven trophies in the technical categories.
Netflix ended up with 44 Emmys this year, compared with 19 for HBO/HBO Max, and Apple TV+ with 10. HBO Max won its first Emmy Sept. 12 with Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “The Flight Attendant.”
NBC was the top broadcast Network with eight, all for “Saturday Night Live.”