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Emmys 2021 highlights and analysis There was ‘The Crown’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ and then there was everyone else

The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. Shows like "Ted Lasso" and "The Crown" were among the night's biggest winners. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)
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The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were a rather predictable affair, with big-time nominees “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” racking up most of their respective awards — including outstanding comedy and drama series — and making great strides for Apple TV Plus and Netflix. The usual suspects also took home trophies in other categories, such as John Oliver in variety talk series and a couple A-listers (Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor, specifically) for acting in a limited series.

Sunday night went smoothly for the most part, but seemed to drag on at times — an assessment seemingly shared by bored-looking audience members who clearly didn’t realize the camera was on them. But a few moments did stand out, including the beloved Jean Smart winning best comedy actress after being overlooked for years, Governors Award recipient Debbie Allen encouraging a new generation of artists to take a stand and Michaela Coel winning outstanding writing for a limited series with the deeply personal “I May Destroy You.”