Emmys 2021 winners: Ted Lasso, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit and more

Ted Lasso is faking that expression. He thinks tea is garbage water.


The 73rd Primetime Emmys Awards are finished. There were more than a few surprises, including The Queen’s Gambit, which won two awards overall, taking home best limited series, beating out Mare of Easttown. Turns out sexy chess is for everyone.

Other big winners: Ted Lasso, with four statues, including best comedy series and best comedy actor for Jason Sudeikis. The Crown unsurprisingly took home the most wins of the night with a whopping seven, including a best lead actress win for Olivia Colman (Emma Corrin missed out).

Mare of Easttown, which took home three awards overall, saw hot favorite Kate Winslet win best actress in a limited series. Plus Evan Peters won his first Emmy for best supporting actor. A surprise packet on the night, the comedy Hacks, which scored three wins overall, took home writing and directing awards, as well as best lead actress in a comedy for the magnificent Jean Smart.

Last but certainly not least, Michaela Coel took home a hugely deserved win for best writing for a limited series with I May Destroy You.

Controversially, the Emmys ceremony didn’t see a single person of color win an acting award, despite a record lineup of nominees.

See the full list of winners below.

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Best Limited Series


I May Destroy You (HBO)Mare of Easttown (HBO)The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) — WINNERThe Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)WandaVision (Disney Plus)

Best Drama Series

Of course it’s The Crown. Seven wins for the awards darling.

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)Bridgerton (Netflix)The Crown (Netflix) — WINNERThe Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)Lovecraft Country (HBO)The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)Pose (FX)This Is Us (NBC)

Best Comedy Series

Four wins for the warm hug of a comedy.

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

Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there’s a million things I haven’t done. But just you wait, just you wait…

Bo Burnham: InsideDavid Byrne’s American Utopia8:46 — Dave ChappelleFriends: The ReunionHamilton — WINNERA West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

Best Variety Special (Live)

Stephen Colbert takes home the win.

Celebrating America — An Inauguration Night SpecialThe 63rd Annual Grammy AwardsThe OscarsThe Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The WeekndStephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 — WINNER

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Six wins for The Crown. Six! And a first ever Emmy win for Josh O’Connor.

Sterling K. Brown, This Is UsJonathan Majors, Lovecraft CountryJosh O’Connor, The Crown — WINNERRegé-Jean Page, BridgertonBilly Porter, PoseMatthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

A gracious first-time Emmy winner, with a short but sweet speech shouting out her late father and Michaela Coel. Love it. (That’s the fifth win for The Crown by the way.)

Uzo Aduba, In TreatmentOlivia Colman, The Crown — WINNEREmma Corrin, The CrownElisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s TaleMj Rodriguez, PoseJurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Go Ewan!

Paul Bettany, WandaVisionHugh Grant, The UndoingEwan McGregor, Halston — WINNERLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

She’s the Queen of Easttown tonight. Kate Winslet, it was never in doubt. This is her second Emmy win!

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy YouCynthia Erivo, Genius: ArethaElizabeth Olsen, WandaVisionAnya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s GambitKate Winslet, Mare of Easttown — WINNER

Best Limited Series/TV Movie Writing

Much deserved. Brilliant speech too.

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You” — WINNER

Brad Ingelsby, “Mare of Easttown”Scott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit”Chuck Hayward and Peter Cameron, “WandaVision” (Episode: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”)Jac Schaeffer, “WandaVision” (Episode: “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”)Laura Donney, “WandaVision” (Episode: “Previously On”)

Best Limited Series/TV Movie Directing

Yes! First win to The Queen’s Gambit. We stan the chess queen.

Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”Sam Miller and Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You” (Episode: “Ego Death”)Sam Miller, “I May Destroy You” (Episode: “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes”)Craig Zobel, “Mare of EasttownScott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit” — WINNERBarry Jenkins, “The Underground Railroad”Matt Shakman, “WandaVision”

Best Competition Program

Kudos to RuPaul!

The Amazing Race (CBS)Nailed It! (Netflix)RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) — WINNERTop Chef (Bravo)The Voice (NBC)

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

It had to be Jason Sudeikis, right? AFC Richmond couldn’t be more proud.

Anthony Anderson, Black-IshMichael Douglas, The Kominsky MethodWilliam H. Macy, ShamelessJason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso — WINNERKenan Thompson, Kenan

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

She’s majestic, she’s accomplished, she’s Jean Smart. Take a bow for your fourth ever Emmy win.

Aidy Bryant, ShrillKaley Cuoco, The Flight AttendantAllison Janney, MomTracee Ellis Ross, Black-ishJean Smart, Hacks — WINNER

Best Comedy Series Directing

Hacks has two!

James Burrows, “B Positive” (Episode: “Pilot”)Susanna Fogel, “The Flight Attendant” (Episode: “In Case of Emergency”)Lucia Aniello, “Hacks” (Episode: “There Is No Line”) — WINNERJames Widdoes, “Mom” (Episode: “Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak”)Zach Braff, “Ted Lasso” (Episode: “Biscuits”)MJ Delaney, “Ted Lasso” (Episode: “The Hope that Kills You”)Declan Lowney, “Ted Lasso” (Episode: “Make Rebecca Great Again”)

Best Comedy Series Writing

What a steal!

Steve Yockey, “The Flight Attendant” (Episode: “In Case of Emergency”)Meredith Scardino, “Girls5eva” (Episode: “Pilot”)Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky, “Hacks” (Episode: “There Is No Line”) — WINNERMaya Erskine, “PEN15” (Episode: “Play”)Joe Kelly, Brendan Hunt, and Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Episode: “Make Rebecca Great Again”)Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly, “Ted Lasso” (Episode: “Pilot”)

Best Variety Sketch Series

The show has been running for 46 seasons. Astounding.

Best Variety Talk Series

John Oliver again!

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

Best Variety Series Writing

Well done to John Oliver’s team!

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” — WINNER

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert””A Black Lady Sketch Show””Saturday Night Live””The Amber Ruffin Show”

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Wow, The Crown has four now!

Giancarlo Esposito, The MandalorianO-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid’s TaleJohn Lithgow, Perry MasonTobias Menzies, The Crown — WINNERMax Minghella, The Handmaid’s TaleChris Sullivan, This is UsBradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s TaleMichael Kenneth Williams, Lovecraft Country

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

From a sex therapist to an iron lady, Gillian Anderson can do it all. This is her second win!

Gillian Anderson, The Crown — WINNER

Helena Bonham Carter, The CrownMadeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s TaleAnn Dowd, The Handmaid’s TaleAunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft CountryEmerald Fennell, The CrownYvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s TaleSamira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Drama Series Directing

The Crown takes another one! That’s two for the royals.

Julie Anne Robinson, “Bridgerton” (Episode: “Diamond of the First Water”)Benjamin Caron, “The Crown” (Episode: “Fairytale”)Jessica Hobbs, (The Crown (Episode: “War”) — WINNERLiz Garbus, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “The Wilderness”)Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian” (Episode: “Chapter 9: The Marshal”)Steven Canals, “Pose” (Episode: “Series Finale”)

Best Drama Series Writing

And the gold statue goes to…

Rebecca Sonnenshine, “The Boys” (Episode: “What I Know”)Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (Episode: “War”) — WINNERYahlin Chang, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “Home”)Misha Green, “Lovecraft Country” (Episode: “Sundown”)Dave Filoni, “The Mandalorian” (Episode: “Chapter 13: The Jedi”)Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian” (Episode: “Chapter 16: The Rescue”)Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Our Lady J, Janet Mock, and Ryan Murphy, “Pose” (Episode: “Series Finale”)

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Evan Peters just won his first ever Emmy!

Daveed Diggs, HamiltonJonathan Groff, HamiltonAnthony Ramos, HamiltonThomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen’s GambitEvan Peters, Mare of Easttown — WINNERPaapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Mare of Easttown gets its first win. Represent Julianne Nicholson!

Jean Smart, Mare of EasttownJulianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown — WINNERKathryn Hahn, WandaVisionPhillipa Soo, HamiltonRenee Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonMoses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Not another one — Ted Lasso has taken its second win of the night. This time it’s for Brett Goldstein! Get in!

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, HacksBrett Goldstein, Ted Lasso — WINNERBrendan Hunt, Ted LassoNick Mohammed, Ted LassoPaul Reiser, The Kominsky MethodJeremy Swift, Ted LassoKenan Thompson, Saturday Night LiveBowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Seth Rogen kicks off the awards with announcing the first of the night. And best comedy supporting actress goes to… only Hannah Waddingham from Ted Lasso! Goooaaaalll!

Rosie Perez, The Flight AttendantHannah Einbinder, HacksAidy Bryant, Saturday Night LiveKate McKinnon, Saturday Night LiveCecily Strong, Saturday Night LiveJuno Temple, Ted LassoHannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso — WINNER

The red carpet

The red carpet has just about wrapped up and the limited attendees are heading inside Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the start of the show. This year’s host is Cedric the Entertainer. Entertain us Cedric!

And they’re here. Kate Winslet. Kate Winslet and Elizabeth Olsen. They’re both vying for that super competitive best actress in a limited series award. Who’s your pick?

Kaley Cuoco can’t be missed, lighting up the red carpet in dazzling yellow. She’s nominated for best comedy actress!

She’s here. Katheryn Hahn. The moment. Agatha Harkness herself. Will she win best supporting actress in a limited series for WandaVision?

O-T Fagbenle, Cecily Strong, Amber Ruffin and Ken Jeong have entered the house.

Here are some of the early arrivals, including best actor in a drama nominee Josh O’Connor, repping The Crown.

You can follow the red carpet with the Television Academy here, or stick to these highlights.

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