Michaela Coel’s powerful Emmy Speech and all the best moments from the night

Michaela's poignant speech won the Emmys

Michaela Coel attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
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Fashion and Award season is in full swing, with the VMA’s, the Met Gala 2021, London fashion week and now the Emmys. The night was truly memorable and saw shows like The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit sweep several awards, but perhaps the most important moment of the Emmys was Michaela Coel's speech, which was both powerful and poignant.

Michaela Coel, writer, and star of the drama series I May Destroy You made history, as she is the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series. She took to the stage in a show-stopping custom neon yellow Christopher John Rogers gown and delivered a speech that really made the whole night.

She dedicated her win to every single survivor of sexual assault and addressed aspiring writers, saying: “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn't comfortable, I dare you."

"I dare you—in a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to somehow 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

Michaela Coel attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA

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She also said that taking a break from social media can be an amazing thing for creativity, and writing. She said: "Do not be afraid to disappear, from it, from us, for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence.”

Michaela Coel from 'I May Destroy You' appears at the 73RD EMMY AWARDS, broadcast Sunday, Sept. 19

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Best moments from the Emmys 2021

Though Michaela stole the show and our hearts, the night treated us to a few more notable moments. 

We saw The Crown win seven Emmy Awards, with Olivia Coleman winning Best Lead Actress in a drama series. She said in her speech: “What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family.”—as she will not be returning to reprise her role as The Queen for The Crown season 5.

Olivia Colman accepts the award for outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for The Crown attends the Netflix celebration of the 73rd Emmy Awards at 180 The Strand on September 19, 2021 in London, England.

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Gillian Anderson also won Best Supporting Actress in the series, Josh O'Connor won Best Supporting Actor, beating out heartthrob, Regé Jean Page—who by the way, was smoldering on the red carpet in a black embroidered suit.

Regé-Jean Page attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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The Queen’s Gambit took home two awards, with Anya Taylor Joy ruling the red carpet once again, in a classic, cream silk dress.

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Jason Sudeikis' Ted Lasso won four, Including Outstanding Comedy series, and treated viewers to several hilarious acceptance speeches. Bret Goldstein in particular gave a real Roy Kent performance, with much of his speech bleeped out because of his swearing.

Women Directors also finally received the recognition they deserved with Jessica Hobbs winning an Emmy for directing the "War" episode of The Crown. 

Lucia Aniello won Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series and said: "Not a lot of women have won this award, so I feel like I'm standing on the shoulders of some extraordinary people and I'm very grateful for the path they led.”

Kate Winslet won Best Lead Actress for her role in Mare of Easttown but also received the most shout-outs from other winners. Her co-stars Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson both mentioned her, with Evan thanking her for, “being Kate Winslet.”

RuPaul, winner of the Outstanding Competition Program award for 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' poses in the press room during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021

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RuPaul made Emmy history, as the most awarded black artist ever, with 11 Emmy wins, as RuPaul's Drag Race won Outstanding reality competition series for the fourth consecutive year.

All the winners and nominees of the Emmys 2021:

Outstanding drama series:

The Boys


WINNER: The Crown

The Handmaid's Tale

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


This Is Us

Outstanding limited series:

I May Destroy You

Mare Of Easttown

WINNER: The Queen's Gambit

Underground Railroad


Outstanding comedy series:


Cobra Kai

Emily in Paris

WINNER: Ted Lasso


The Flight Attendant

The Kominsky Method


Lead actor in a drama series:

Sterling K Brown—This Is Us

Jonathan Majors—Lovecraft Country

WINNER: Josh O'Connor—The Crown

Regé-Jean Page—Bridgerton

Billy Porter—Pose

Matthew Rhys—Perry Mason

Lead actress in a drama series:

Uzo Aduba—Treatment

WINNER: Olivia Colman—The Crown

Emma Corrin—The Crown

Elisabeth Moss—The Handmaid's Tale

Mj Rodriguez—Pose

Jurnee Smollett—Lovecraft Country

Supporting actor in a drama series:

O-T Fagbenle—The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER: Tobias Menzies—The Crown

Max Minghella—The Handmaid's Tale

Bradley Whitford—The Handmaid's Tale

Michael K Williams—Lovecraft Country

Giancarlo Esposito—The Mandalorian

John Lithgow—Perry Mason

Chris Sullivan—This Is Us

Supporting actress in a drama series:

Helena Bonham Carter—The Crown

Emerald Fennell—The Crown

WINNER: Gillian Anderson—The Crown

Madeleine Brewer—The Handmaid's Tale

Ann Dowd—The Handmaid's Tale

Yvonne Strahovski—The Handmaid's Tale

Samira Wiley—The Handmaid's Tale

Aunjanue Ellis—Lovecraft Country

Lead actor in a limited series or movie:

Paul Bettany—WandaVision

Hugh Grant—The Undoing

WINNER: Ewan McGregor—Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda—Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr—Hamilton

Lead actress in a limited series or movie:

Michaela Coel—I May Destroy You

WINNER: Kate Winslet—Mare Of Easttown

Cynthia Erivo—Genius: Aretha

Elizabeth Olsen—WandaVision

Anya Taylor-Joy—The Queen's Gambit

Supporting actor in a limited series or movie:

Thomas Brodie-Sangster—The Queen's Gambit

Daveed Diggs—Hamilton

WINNER: Evan Peters—Mare Of Easttown

Paapa Essiedu—I May Destroy You

Jonathan Groff—Hamilton

Anthony Ramos—Hamilton

Supporting actress in a limited series or movie:

Renee Elise Goldsberry— Hamilton

WINNER: Julianne Nicholson—Mare Of Easttown

Kathryn Hahn—WandaVision

Moses Ingram—The Queen's Gambit

Jean Smart—Mare Of Easttown

Lead actor in a comedy series:

Anthony Anderson—Black-ish

WINNER: Jason Sudeikis—Ted Lasso

Michael Douglas—The Kominsky Method

William H Macy—Shameless

Kenan Thompson—Kenan

Lead actress in a comedy series:

Aidy Bryant—Shrill

WINNER: Jean Smart—Hacks

Kaley Cuoco—The Flight Attendant

Allison Janney—Mom

Tracee Ellis Ross—Black-ish

Supporting actor in a comedy series:

Carl Clemons-Hopkins—Hacks

WINNER: Brett Goldstein—Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed—Ted Lasso

Brendan Hunt—Ted Lasso

Paul Reiser—The Kominsky Method

Jeremy Swift—Ted Lasso

Kenan Thompson—Saturday Night Live

Bowen Yang—Saturday Night Live

Supporting actress in a comedy series:

Rosie Perez—The Flight Attendant

Hannah Einbinder—Hacks

Aidy Bryant—Saturday Night Live

WINNER: Hannah Waddingham—Ted Lasso

Kate McKinnon—Saturday Night Live

Cecily Strong—Saturday Night Live

Juno Temple—Ted Lasso

Outstanding reality competition series:

Nailed It!

The Amazing Race

WINNER: RuPaul's Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding variety talk series:


WINNER: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding variety sketch series:

A Black Lady Sketch Show

WINNER: Saturday Night Live

Outstanding variety special (pre-recorded):

Bo Burnham: Inside

David Byrne's American Utopia

8:46—Dave Chappelle

WINNER: Hamilton

Friends: The Reunion

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

Writing for a comedy series:

Steve Yockey—The Flight Attendant

WINNER: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs, Jen Stansk—Hacks

Meredith Scardino—Girls5eva

Maya Erskine—Pen15

Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly—Ted Lasso (Make Rebecca Great Again)

Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly—Ted Lasso (Pilot)

Writing for a drama series:

Rebecca Sonnenshine—The Boys

Yahlin Chang—The Handmaid's Tale

Misha Green—Lovecraft Country

WINNER: Peter Morgan—The Crown

Dave Filoni—The Mandalorian (Chapter 13: The Jedi)

Jon Favreau—The Mandalorian (Chapter 16: The Rescue)

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady—Pose (The Finale)

Writing for a limited series, movie or drama:

Brad Ingelsby—Mare Of Easttown

Scott Frank—The Queen's Gambit

WINNER: Michaela Coel—I May Destroy You

Chuck Hayward and Peter Cameron—Wandavision (All-New Halloween Spooktacular)

Jac Schaeffer—WandaVision (Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience)

Laura Donney—WandaVision (Previously On)

Director for a comedy series:

James Burrows—B Positive (Pilot)

Susanna Fogel—The Flight Attendant (In Case of Emergency)

WINNER: Lucia Aniello—Hacks (Pilot)

James Widdoes—Mom (Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak)

Zach Braff—Ted Lasso (Biscuits)

MJ Delaney—Ted Lasso (The Hope That Kills You)

Directing for a drama series:

Julie Anne Robinson—Bridgerton (Diamond Of The First Water)

Benjamin Caron—The Crown (Fairytale)

WINNER: Jessica Hobbs—The Crown (War)

Liz Garbus—The Handmaid's Tale (The Wilderness)

Jon Favreau—The Mandalorian (Chapter 9: The Marshal)

Steven Canals—Pose (Series Finale)

Directing for a limited series:

Thomas Kail—Hamilton

Michaela Coel and Sam Miller—I May Destroy You (Ego Death)

Sam Miller—I May Destroy You (Eyes, Eyes, Eyes, Eyes)

Craig Zobel—Mare Of Easttown

WINNER: Scott Frank—The Queen's Gambit

Barry Jenkin—The Underground Railroad

Matt Shakman—WandaVision

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.