The 73rd Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, and there was a clear sign that television has been a major source of entertainment throughout the last year.
During the night, guest speakers talked about the importance of television, and how it has helped us all get through dark times. The “In Memorium” video that played highlighted how dark the past year had been, with a slew of notable celebrity deaths.
It’s fitting, then, that “Ted Lasso” — a comedy show with a heart of gold — swept up multiple awards, snatching best comedy series, as well as other acting awards for stars Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein.
Meanwhile, “The Crown” took the throne for top drama awards, a sign that the awards are leaning hard into streaming content.
Here’s a quick breakdown of moments and milestones you might have missed from the show.
‘The Crown’ takes the Emmy Awards throne
The show — which was in its fourth season, which told the story of the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana — won the best drama. But actors on the show — Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip) all racked up individual awards, too.
This was Netflix’s first time winning the best drama and best-limited series award. Per The New York Times, Netflix has been trying to win the award from 2013 to 2020, as it has been nominated 40 different times.
But Sunday night was different, as Netflix snatched 44 Emmys.
‘Ted Lasso’ scores at the right time
“Ted Lasso” — the Apple TV+ darling show about an American football coach who has to coach a professional soccer team in England — owned the Emmy Awards in the comedy space, as we mentioned above.
“That level of recognition is a reflection of the show’s broad appeal and how much it connected with audiences in a year filled with worry and uncertainty amid lockdowns around the world,” according to BBC News.
The Washington Post called the show the new “Schitt’s Creek,” a comedy show that swept all of the awards in 2020.
Conan O’Brien becomes a meme
Remember Conan O’Brian? Well, he had himself an interesting night. Per The Washington Post, he had one nomination for the final season of his “Conan” talk show on CBS. He joined Stephen Colbert’s team on stage when it won the award for its live variety special for “Celebrating America — An Inauguration Night Special.” Colbert said that was a planned joke, but it definitely confused people at one point. And, lastly, Conan gave a standing ovation when Frank Scherma, chief executive of the Television Academy, stood up to speak. No one knows why.