Emmys 2021: 5 key takeaways from TV's big night

Emmys 2021: 5 key takeaways from TV's big night.

9/20/2021 9:59:00 AM

Emmys 2021: 5 key takeaways from TV's big night.

We broke down the five major storylines from the 73rd Emmy Awards.

But over the course of the night, not a single performer of color was honored in the acting categories. The winners in all 12 major acting fields were white.The shut-out of performers of color was especially notable given the intense scrutiny on Hollywood award shows in recent years over issues of diversity and representation.

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The racial makeup of this year's group of winners may owe something to the shows garnering the most attention, including"The Crown,""Ted Lasso,""Mare of Easttown,""Hacks" and"The Queen's Gambit." Although there are actors of color on those popular shows, they are anchored by predominantly white performers.

'Ted Lasso' dominates comedy fieldCliff Lipson / CBSThe second season of"Ted Lasso" has received what might charitably be described as a mixed response from viewers and critics. But the backlash to the Apple TV+ hit did not blunt the show's momentum at the Emmys — and Television Academy voters were evidently won over by its relentless optimism. headtopics.com

The show, a fish-out-of-water tale about an American football coach who is hired to run an English soccer club, claimed the top comedy award and picked up prizes for Sudeikis (lead actor in a comedy series) as well as supporting actors Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein.

"Ted Lasso" was so ubiquitous that Stephen Colbert, accepting the award for live variety special, joked that he was grateful Sudeikis and companywere not nominated in the categoryso he would have a chance to win."Hacks," HBO's comedy about the relationship between a veteran Las Vegas comedian (Jean Smart) and a young writer (Hannah Einbinder), was not far behind, however. Smart won her fourth Emmy for her lead performance and the series was feted for its writing and directing.

Politics kept to a minimumIn the Trump era, awards show presenters and winners often used their minutes in the limelight to take aim at the 45th president with direct criticism or loaded allusions to the hot-button issues that defined his presidency.But this year, Emmy attendees largely stayed away from the political humor and topical speechifying that had become typical. The night was short on explicit mentions of President Biden's administration, the new Texas abortion law and other headline-grabbing topics.

But there were some notable exceptions.“Let this moment resonate with women across the world, across this country and across the world, from Texas to Afghanistan. Let them know,” Debbie Allen said while accepting the honorary Governors Award. “And also with young people, who have no vote, who can’t even get a vaccine, they are inheriting the world that we leave them. It is time to claim your power, claim your voice, say your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn.” headtopics.com

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