In case you missed it, the 73rd Emmy Awards happened, and with the ceremony came a number of first-time winners in the acting categories. Leading up to the awards show, we covered some of the names new to the nominations list with our First-Time Nominee Spotlight series, and now it’s time to give you a roundup of the actors who made their inaugural entry into the winners’ circle this year. Plus, be sure to take in some of the standout credits that led up to their accolade.
Josh O’Connor: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The actor led Francis Lee’s 2017 Sundance darling God’s Own Country and Harry Wootliff’s 2018 romance drama Only You before landing the role of Prince Charles in season three of The Crown. But it was his second turn as the character in the royal drama series’ fourth season that brought O’Connor his first-ever Emmy nomination — and now, win — for his performance as the character. “Making The Crown has been the most rewarding two years of my life,” the actor asserted during his acceptance speech. And O’Connor was in good company with castmates who also won their first-ever Emmys for season four of The Crown, which also picked up Outstanding Drama Series, itself. Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies respectively won for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in the drama category.
Hannah Waddingham: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Waddingham has years of theater work on London’s West End to her name, as well as onscreen credits playing characters like Magdalena in the Syfy series 12 Monkeys, Septa Unella in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Sofia Marchetti in Netflix’s Sex Education. But it was her role as Rebecca Welton in season one of the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso that put the thespian firmly in the public’s eye and led to her first Emmy nomination and win. Waddingham thanked the series’ co-creator and titular star, Jason Sudeikis, during her acceptance speech. “Jason, you’ve changed my life with this, and more importantly, my baby girl’s,” she noted. Sudeikis also took home his first-ever Emmy statuette thanks to Ted Lasso — for Outstanding Lead Actor — as did Brett Goldstein in the supporting actor category. And the breakout feel-good show of 2020 also took home Outstanding Comedy Series.
Evan Peters: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
Marvel fans may know Peters from his role as Quicksilver in various X-Men film installments, as well as from his appearance in the Disney+ series WandaVision. The actor has also found recognition for his work in FX’s American Horror Story anthology series, for which Peters has played 17 different characters so far. His performance as Detective Colin Zabel in the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, however, is the one that led to Peters’ first Emmy nod and win. Peters included Mare of Easttown casting director Avy Kaufman amongst the names he thanked during his acceptance speech, as did Julianne Nicholson, who also became a first-time winner in the supporting acting category thanks to the series.
Ewan McGregor: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
The actor has accumulated an impressive list of both TV and film credits over the course of his long career. Star Wars fans may know him as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and of course, there’s his standout performance as Christian in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!. Plus, McGregor’s work on season three of FX’s Fargo landed the star one of his previous Emmy nominations. His role as the titular fashion designer in Netflix’s Halston earned the actor his first win, though. McGregor took home the only award of the night for the limited series, and he recognized its crew during his acceptance speech, noting how crew members kept everyone safe while Halston was shot in New York City during the pandemic.
Besides the actors who took home their first-ever statuettes at the 73rd Emmy Awards, there were, of course, other notable accolades received during the ceremony. You can find all of this year’s winners on the Television Academy site.