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The 2021 Emmy Awards found itself in hot water on Sunday when not a single Black, Brown or Asian actor won an acting award -- despite heading into the night with the most diverse nomination field in the show's history with 49 people of color up for acting and reality competition awards.

The only people of color who took home a statuette during the ceremony were RuPaul for Outstanding Competition Program and Michaela Coel for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.  

One of the biggest upsets of the night was the late Michael K. Williams, whose riveting performance on Lovecraft Country did not manifest the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as predicted.  Instead, the honor went to The Crown's Tobias Menzies for his portrayal of Prince PhilipKerry Washington accepted Menzies' award on his behalf.

Critics pointed out that this marks the second time in a year that a late Black actor lost to a British actor who was a no-show.  During the 2021 Oscar Awards, Chadwick Boseman was favored to win Best Actor but lost to Anthony Hopkins, who had the Academy accept his honor on his behalf.

Another upset came during the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, where four of the six nominees were actors of color -- Sterling K. BrownRegé-Jean PageJonathan Majors and Billy Porter.  The Crown's Josh O'Connor ultimately collected the award.

Reaction to the night's ceremony was fierce, with actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeting during the show, "Every chance they had to make history in a meaningful way, they passed on it. Just said, 'Naw, son.' Mmkay. Got it."

The controversy has renewed calls for the Emmy Awards to reevaluate its voting base, in addition for boycotts.

The hashtag #EmmysSoWhite also began trending on Twitter.

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The Crown and The Queen's Gambit were the big winners at the 73rd Emmy Awards, with each series earning 11 awards. Saturday Night Live followed behind with eight Emmys, and Ted Lasso and The Mandalorian won seven a piece.

During Sunday's telecast, The Crown won the outstanding drama series award, Ted Lasso took home the outstanding comedy award and The Queen’s Gambit received the Emmy for outstanding limited or anthology series.

Cedric the Entertainer hosted the in-person ceremony at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Here are the winners in the major categories:

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Supporting actor in a comedy series

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie

Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown

Supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie

Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown

Supporting actor in a drama series

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Supporting actress in a drama series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Variety talk series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Competition program

RuPaul's Drag Race

Lead actress in a comedy series

Jean Smart, Hacks

Lead actor in a comedy series

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Lead actor in limited series or movie

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Lead actress in a limited series or movie

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Lead actress in a drama series

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Lead actor in a drama series

Josh O'Connor, The Crown

Comedy series

Ted Lasso

Drama series

The Crown

Limited series

The Queen’s Gambit

Governors Award

Debbie Allen

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Netflix's The Queen's Gambit proved to be a hit at the 2021 Emmy Awards, collecting one of the highest honors of the night: Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.

This also marks the first time a streaming service has won in that category. 

Creator Scott Frank shouted out Netflix during his acceptance speech, saying, "You guys did the rarest thing of all these days. You took a chance on risky material and you trusted the filmmakers."

He also praised the show for inspiring "a whole generation of girls and young women to realize that patriarchy simply has no defense against our queens."

In all, he expressed how thrilled he is that Gambit "brought sexy back to chess!"

The seven-episode series, which follows a chess prodigy played by Anya Taylor-Joy, went into the award show with buzz that it would be the show to beat in its respective category -- but not without strong competition from its competitors I May Destroy YouMare of EasttownWandaVision and The Underground Railroad.

The Queen's Gambit was nominated for 18 statuettes total and took home 11 of them.

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Netflix's The Crown took home the coveted 2021 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series during Sunday night's ceremony.

Although the show was held in-person for the first time in two years and hosted by comedian Cedric the Entertainer at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, the award was accepted live from London, where the cast is about to embark on another season. 

"We're gonna have a party now," said creator Peter Morgan during the acceptance speech. 

Other series nominated for Outstanding Drama included The BoysBridgertonThe Handmaid's TaleLovecraft CountryThe MandalorianPose, and This is Us.

With the addition of the Outstanding Drama Series award, The Crown takes home a total of 11 Emmys during the 2021 ceremony, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Olivia Colman and Outstanding Lead for Josh O’Connor

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Ted Lasso was the comedy series to beat at the 2021 Emmy Awards and finished its massively successful night by walking away with the enviable Outstanding Comedy Series statuette.

The series faced stiff competition this year, with black-ishCobra Kai, Emily in Paris, Hacks, PEN15, The Flight Attendant and The Kominsky Method.

Creator Bill Lawrence accepted the award on the cast's behalf, telling the audience: "The biggest thank you from this group is to the people that watch. I really think I can speak for everybody here when I say we all know how lucky we are to do this for a living. And we appreciate you tonight. Thank you so much."

He also referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as T-dawg in his speech, joking about his boss' new nickname, "He does not know that yet, but fingers crossed."

The Apple TV+ series steamrolled the comedy categories, taking home Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for star Jason Sudeikis, and Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy for Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham, respectively. 

The comedy was up for 20 awards heading into Sunday night's ceremony.

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