Ted Lasso and The Crown were cleaning up the awards as the 73rd edition of the annual ceremony took place, with women sweeping the drama and comedy directing categories for the first time too
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It was a night to remember from the off for Ted Lasso and The Crown at the Emmy Awards as they clinched multiple gongs on Sunday.
Star and co-creator of the Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis, was aptly awarded the best comedy actor prize on the 73rd annual edition of the ceremony.
There were also wins for Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein for their supporting roles as the club owner and ageing star player in the hit series about a small-time American football coach who is hired to coach a professional football team in England despite having no prior experience in the sport.
When he accepted his award, Jason said: “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.”
While the series was winning numerous awards, it did miss out on the comedy writing and directing gong to Hacks – a series about a fading stand-up female comedian played by Jean Smart. The actress got a standing ovation when she was named best comedy actress.
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And Lucia Aniello’s win for outstanding directing for a comedy series helped make history after Sunday’s awards marked the first ever time women have swept both comedy and drama directing categories in the same year.
The Crown’s Jessica Hobbs was presented the prize for the drama category.
Ted Lasso’s early wins set the show up nicely to bag one of the top prizes – best comedy series – at the end of the ceremony after winning over audiences with its optimism and folksy humour during the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Crown also took home the best drama series Emmy after a season-gripping focus on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The show had already been awarded wins for supporting stars. Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Tobias Menzies’ acting of the late Prince Philip saw the pair acknowledged.
Olivia Colman also took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, pipping co-star Emma Corrin to the award.
Peter Morgan, the show’s creator, said in London: “We’re all thrilled. I am very proud. I’m very grateful. We’re going to party.”
Elsewhere at the star-studded event, Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters won for supporting roles as a housewife and detective in Mare of Easttown in the closely contested limited series category.
The series is about a murder in a small Philadelphia town
The popular and satirical Saturday Night Live was the winner of the best variety sketch series award.