Netflix's beloved series about the British royal family took the coveted Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series on Sunday, Sept. 19. Although the series has previously been seen as a favorite of Emmy voters, it had never before won in the top drama category.
"Thank you, Academy," creator Peter Morgan said in accepting the prize with the rest of the show's team in London. "Thank you, Netflix. Thank you, Sony. Thank you, this lot." Upon the last sentence, he gestured to the people in the room with him.
Last year's winner, Succession, wasn't eligible this time around after its highly anticipated third season was delayed amid the ongoing pandemic.
The Crown was nominated for an eye-popping 24 awards, with performers Josh O'Connor (Prince Charles), Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth), Emma Corrin (Princess Diana), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret) and Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker Bowles) in the running for their roles.
Josh, Olivia, Tobias and Gillian all won on Sunday. In addition, the series won four trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys, held prior to the main event.
Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, which is often seen as the top prize of the night, were The Boys, Bridgerton, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose and This Is Us.
Earlier in the evening, The Crown series Peter won Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. "I'm very proud, I'm very grateful," Peter told the crowd during his acceptance speech. "We're gonna party."
Also winning from The Crown's team was Jessica Hobbs, who prevailed for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. While at the podium, Jessica expressed her appreciation for other female directors in the industry.
"Not a lot of women have won this award, so I feel like I'm standing on the shoulders of some really extraordinary people," she shared. "I'm very grateful for the path that they led. And I'd particularly like to pay tribute to my mom, who at 77, is still directing."
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