Women Sweep The Emmys 2021: Sushmita Sen Starring Aarya Bags Nomination

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Ishika Das
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Last year, the Emmys 2020 was a sorry affair. With COVID-19 restrictions all over America, the event had to be hosted virtually on-screen. Thankfully, this year everything went back to normal. The 72nd Primetime Emmys awards was an in-person event conducted on September 19 in Los Angeles’ Event Deck at L.A. Live.

Massive wins happened this year as celebrities walked the red carpet in their best outfits. Not to forget, women won big. 

First-time Women directors such as Lucia Aniello and Jessica Hobbs bagged Emmys award nominations and Michaela Coel became the first black woman to win an Emmys for Best Writing in a Television Limited Series. 

Among other notable wins, Emmys 2021 also witnessed history as RuPaul became the most-awarded person of color with 11 wins. The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit swept multiple awards as well!

On that note, read on for a quick highlight of the daytime Emmys 2021!

Women dominate the Emmys 2021 award nominations

“…For visibility these days seems to equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence.” ~Michaela Coel, Emmys 2021 Acceptance Speech 

Here is the complete list of Emmys 2021 awards won by women.
1. Olivia Colman, The Crown

Olivia Colman is not new to the world of awards. Having won four BAFTA awards, three Golden Globes, and an Academy Award, Colman’s resume must definitely be running out of pages. 

This year was Coronation time for her as she bagged her first Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She won the award for her performance in Netflix’s The Crown. 

She beat fellow nominees including Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Uzo Aduba (In Treatment), Emma Corin (The Crown), Mj Rodriguez (Pose), and Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country). 

2. Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Hollywood’s favorite Kate Winslet won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series for her performance in Mare of Easttown. Others nominated in the same Emmys category included Anya Taylor Joy, Elizabeth Olsen, Michaela Coel, and Cynthia Erivo. 

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3. RuPaul, Rupaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul took home another Emmy award for Competition Series and is now celebrated as the most awarded person of color in Emmy history. This is her 11th Emmy win. 

4. Michael Coel, I May Destroy You

Michaela Coel, the writer of I May Destroy You, didn’t only win an award for Best Writing for a Limited Series or Movie but also scripted history as the first black woman to win in that Emmys category. Her fellow nominees were Laura Donney, Scott Frank, and Brad Ingelsby among others.

She dedicated her award to the survivors of sexual harassment and made the floor shake with her acceptance speech. 

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5. Lucia Aniello, Hacks

Americal writer and director Lucia Aniello bagged an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for HBO Max’s Hacks. She shared another Emmy win with writers Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs for Hacks. 

6. Gillian Anderson, The Crown

The wonderful Gillian Anderson took home an Emmys 2021 for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Series for her marvelous performance as Margaret Thatcher in Netflix’s The Crown. 

Her fellow nominees included Helena Bonham Carter, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, and others. 

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7. Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown

Julianne Nicholson won an Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Others nominated in the same Emmys category included Phillipa Soo, Jean Smart, Kathryn Hahn, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Moses Ingram.

8. Jean Smart, Hacks

Jean Smart bagged an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in HBO Max’s Hacks, beating Kaley Cuoco, Tracee Ellis Ross, Allison Janey, and Aidy Bryant. 

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9. Jessica Hobbs, The Crown

New Zealand director Jessica Hobbs took home an Emmy for her work on Netflix’s The Crown. She beat Bridgerton director Julie Anne Robinson, Steven Canals for Pose, The Crown director Benjamin Caron, and Liz Garbus for The Handmaid’s Tale among many others. 

10. Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso scored a history-making win for the Outstanding Comedy Series, bagging 8 Emmys Awards in total. Hannah Waddingham took home the trophy for her role as the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. 

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11. Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live 

Maya Rudolph is a known face and name in Emmys history. This year, she picked up an Emmys for best guest comedy actress for Saturday Night Live. 

12. Claire Foy, The Crown

Last but not least, Claire Foy took home Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her reprising role in Netflix’s The Crown as the young Queen Elizabeth. 

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A special mention should be made for Aarya, the hard-hitting web series revolving around the character portrayed by Sushmita Sen, who fights tooth and nail to protect her family after her husband has been murdered. It has been nominated in the Drama category and is the first for an Indian web series.

The most important takeaway from this year’s 73rd primetime Emmys awards is that women can do everything from writing, acting, to directing. 2021 was a huge year for women in general, and we are excited to see what next year’s Emmys bring us!

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