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    Emmys 2021: The best moments of the awards from Evan Peters' joy to many tearful speeches

    There were tears of joy and tears of sadness at the 2021 Emmy Awards, which were swept by series Ted Lasso, Mare of Easttown and The Crown.

    After a year in which we had no choice but to stay home and watch TV, the industry has celebrated those who kept us company on the couch.

    There were tears of joy as writers, producers, directors and actors achieved their dreams of taking home a statuette, and tears of sadness as they remembered those who were not there to share it.

    Here are the best moments from the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Ted Lasso cast kicks Emmy goals

    The most nominated show of the night, with nods in 13 categories, showed audiences again that sometimes the nice guy does win.

    Ted Lasso won the award for outstanding comedy series as well as top acting gongs.

    Jason Sudeikis won outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for playing the titular character.

    The former SNL cast member paid tribute to SNL creator Lorne Michaels in his acceptance speech, only to find he had taken that moment to "take a dump" and wasn't in the crowd.

    Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein won outstanding supporting actress and actor in a comedy series respectively.

    Waddingham had one of the best reactions of the night to her win, screaming: "Jesus Christ on a bike!".

    "Jason, you've changed my life with this. I'll work with you as long as you let me."

    "Oh my god, I'm doing a speech at the Emmys!"

    Goldstein was also enraptured to take home the statuette.

    "I was very specifically told I'm not allowed to swear, so this speech is going to be ****ing short," Goldstein laughed.

    "To my teammates that I'm nominated with... this cast makes me sick they're so good."

    Debbie Allen tells young people to 'claim your power'

    Actress, dancer and singer Debbie Allen delivered a moving speech as she accepted the Television Academy's 2021 Governors Award.

    Allen told the producers to "turn that clock off, honey, I am not paying any attention to it" as she held back tears.

    "I am trying not to cry and be equal to the situation because it's been many years in the making," Allen said.

    "It's taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time. A lot of courage and creativity and fight and faith to believe that I could keep going, and I have.

    "Let this moment resonate with women across the world and across this country, from Texas to Afghanistan

    "For young people, who have no vote, who can't even get a vaccine — they're inheriting the world that we live in and where we lead them.

    "It's time for you to claim your power. Play your voice, sing your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn."

    Allen is best known for her role as the dance teacher in the 1980s TV show Fame, and was honoured for her contribution to television and "philanthropic endeavours around the world".

    Evan Peters thanks Kate Winslet for 'being Kate Winslet'

    If you see this meme in the near future, here's the context.

    In accepting the award for outstanding supporting actor in the limited series Mare of Easttown, Evan Peters screamed a thanks to Kate Winslet for "being Kate WINSLET!"

    Co-star Julianne Nicholson also dedicated her award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series to Winslet.

    "If you hadn't called and asked if I wanted to join you in Philly, I probably would have read the first two episodes, thought 'nah, the priest did it', and stayed home. So I owe this to you," Nicholson said.

    Winslet took home the award for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie and thanked the show's creator, Brad Ingelsby, for creating "a middle-aged, imperfect, flawed mother" that made "us all feel validated".

    Jean Smart pays tribute to late husband

    Jean Smart received a standing ovation as she accepted her award for outstanding lead actress in the comedy series Hacks.

    Smart paid tribute to her husband, Richard Gilliland, who died unexpectedly in March after a brief illness. He was 71.

    The couple were married for 34 years and have two sons.

    "I would not be here without him, without his putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I've had," Smart said.

    Anya Taylor-Joy and Emma Corrin on the red carpet

    Anya Taylor-Joy of The Queen's Gambit and Emma Corrin of The Crown missed out in the awards, but both stole the red carpet conversation.

    Taylor-Joy lost outstanding actress in a limited series to Winslet for Mare of Easttown but stunned in a backless Dior couture gown.

    Corrin, who played Princess Diana, lost to co-star Olivia Colman for outstanding actress in a drama series.

    The red carpet look, which she showed off from the London screening, divided viewers.

    The Crown sweeps the acting awards

    It was a royal affair for The Crown, which dominated the acting awards in the drama series categories.

    Gillian Anderson won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress for her role as Margaret Thatcher in season four.

    Anderson won the award over her co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret, and Emerald Fennell, who played Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Josh O'Connor received the award for outstanding actor for his role as Prince Charles, and Tobias Menzies the award for outstanding supporting actor for his role as Prince Philip.

    Colman was again shocked to win an award (despite now having an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe to her name).

    Colman said she would have put money on her not winning the award — her first Emmy win after being nominated in the same category last year for the same role.

    In her brief acceptance speech, Colman teared up as she remembered her father.

    "I wish my dad was here to see this I lost my dad during COVID and he would have loved all of this."

    Tributes to comic Norm Macdonald

    SNL creator Lorne Michaels and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver both paid tribute to comic Norm Macdonald in their acceptance speeches.

    Macdonald, a former SNL writer and performer, died last week aged 61 after a long battle with cancer.

    "No-one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late-night comedy," Oliver said.

    Michaels said Macdonald was "one of the best we ever had".

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series.

    SNL won the Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series.


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