Feel-good comedy Ted Lasso started off on a high note at Sunday's Emmy Awards, with castmates Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein earning the evening's first honours.
Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted series and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story Hacks won top comedy series acting trophies at Sunday's Emmy Awards.
Sudeikis, who also produces the series that many viewers found a balm for tough pandemic times, gave a speech that evoked the chipper, upbeat character he plays in the series about a UK soccer team and its unlikely American coach.
"This show's about families and mentors and teammates, and I wouldn't be here without those things in my life," said Sudeikis. He also thanked his fellow castmates, saying "I'm only as good as you guys make me look."
An ebullient Waddingham, winner of the best-supporting actress award for a comedy, said series star and producer Jason Sudeikis "changed my life with this, and more importantly my baby girl's."
Goldstein, who won the counterpart award for supporting actor, said he had promised not to swear and either mimed or was muted for a few seconds, then called the show the "privilege and pleasure" of his life.
Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies of British royal drama The Crown were honoured for their supporting performances.
Anderson, who played British political leader Margaret Thatcher, used her acceptance speech to thank her manager of 20 years for her mentorship and believing in her talent before she did.
Menzies who plays Prince Philip, didn't attend the ceremony, which included a London gathering for The Crown nominees.
Before announcing the winner in his category, presenter Kerry Washington saluted another nominee, Michael K Williams of Lovecraft County. Williams died 6 September at age 54.
"Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon," Washington said.
Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters claimed best supporting acting honours for the limited series Mare of Easttown, about crime and family dysfunction.
"The script was "true to the horror and beauty of ordinary people's lives," particularly the lives of women, said Nicholson.
Both she and Peters saluted star Kate Winslet.
"Man, you're good at acting. But turns out you're good at caring for a whole production," Nicholson said.
Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (black-ish), and LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) are among the presenters.
Roughly 500 people attended the Emmys in downtown Los Angeles, with fashion standout Billy Porter sporting large wings attached to the sleeves of his black trouser look and Sudeikis walked the red carpet in a velvet suit of soft blue.
The producers' ultimate goal is a ceremony that is upbeat and acknowledges how much TV's importance grew during the pandemic and its lockdowns.
List of main winners at the Emmy Awards:
Comedy Series: Ted Lasso
Drama series: The Crown
Limited Series: The Queen's Gambit
Actress, Comedy Series: Jean Smart, Hacks
Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Actress, Limited Series or TV movie: Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Actor, Limited Series or TV movie: Ewan McGregor, Halston
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O'Connor, The Crown
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Olivia Colman, The Crown
Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Reality-competition program: RuPaul's Drag Race
Writing, Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Writing, Comedy Series: Hacks
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Supporting Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown
Supporting Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown
Guest Actor, Drama Series: Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft County
Guest Actress, Drama Series: Claire Foy, The Crown
Television Movie: Dolly Parton's Christmas On the Square
Guest Actor, Comedy Series: Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress, Comedy Series: Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Structured Reality Program: Queer Eye
Unstructured Reality Program: RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
(With inputs from The Associated Press)