“The Crown” was the big winner at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, bringing home seven wins, the most of any show.
The success of that show helped push Netflix to the highest tally of all of the various networks and streaming services. It took home 10, trophies as “The Queen’s Gambit” collected two awards, including outstanding limited series, and “Halston” earned one award.
Between premium cable channel HBO and streaming service HBO Max, the studio, owned by AT&T, took home nine awards. Its show “Mare of Eastown” garnered four wins, “Last Week Tonight” earned two, “Hacks” scored three and “I May Destroy You” secured one.
Apple TV+ earned four awards for “Ted Lasso,” ViacomCBS tallied two from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and a Stephen Colbert election special. Both NBC and Disney scored one award each.
Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the night with a karaoke rendition of “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie, aided by Rita Wilson, LL Cool J and Lil Dicky.
The audience, which included about 500 nominees and guests, joined in, standing up, clapping and singing along. The energy level was contagious for the first hour of the show as “Ted Lasso” snagged two back-to-back acting awards, leading to emotional speeches from first-time winners Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein.
This year’s ceremony took place at L.A. Live’s Event Deck instead of the Microsoft Theater, which has been home to the Emmys since 2008. The relocation was due to the Covid pandemic. Typically, attendees would have been seated in rows in a theater, but were able to congregate at small tables.