Emmys 2021: Michaela Coel dedicates I May Destroy You win to sexual assault survivors with powerful speech

Emmys 2021: Michaela Coel dedicates I May Destroy You win to sexual assault survivors with powerful speech

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After multiple snubs, Michaela Cole’s I May Destroy You finally got the respect it deserves at Sunday night’s Emmys.

The 73rd Emmy Awards saw the talented actress nab the gong for outstanding writing for a limited or anthology series or movie, much to the delight of the audience and viewers.

The British star was visibly shocked as Sir Patrick Stewart called out her name for the win, with her delighted co-stars rushing to embrace her.

The 33-year-old then took to the stage to do what she does best, reading out a moving poem before dedicating her win to the survivors of sexual assault.

‘I just wrote a little something, for writers, really,’ she began. ‘Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you.’

The Chewing Gum star continued: ‘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.’

Emmys 2021: Michaela Coel dedicates I May Destroy You win to sexual assault survivors with powerful speech
Introducing Emmy Winner Michaela Coel (Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Michaela Coel wins Emmy Award
The I May Destroy You star kept her speech short and impactful (Picture: Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

She then concluded: ‘I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault. Thank you.’

Her drama began a smash hit across the globe last year for the powerful way it explored consent, inspired by Coel’s own experiences of being assaulted.

The 73rd Emmy Awards
She received her gong from Sir Patrick Stewart (Picture: Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

Delight fans were quick to celebrate Coel’s nod as one wrote: ‘YALL HEART THAT???? EMMY WINNER MICHAEL COEL’.

‘Súper happy for Michael coel winning best writing for a limited show. The highlight of the night for me. #Emmys’, another tweeted.

A third fan added: ‘TALENT WINS!!!! EMMY AWARD WINNER MICHAELA COEL!!! #Emmys.’

Hosted by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, the 73rd annual Emmy Awards saw Hollywood come together in Los Angeles to celebrate the best of TV.

The awards ceremony had been held at The Microsoft Theatre since 2008 but the event was took place in a tent in downtown this year, while 2020’s ceremony was held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions.

September 19 marked the return of in-person attendance, however the socially distance seating plan meant that only 500 guests attended compared to the several thousand in previous years.

Fully vaccinated attendants had to follow strict Covid-19 protocols throughout the ceremony, including testing and wearing a mask when they were not on camera.



Emmy Awards 2021 winners list

Outstanding Drama Series – The Crown (Netflix)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Olivia Colman, The Crown

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Tobias Menzies

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series – The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie – Ewan McGregor, Halston

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Evan Peters, Mare Of Easttown

Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series – Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Outstanding Comedy Series – Ted Lasso (Apple Plus TV)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jean Smart, Hacks

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Competition Program – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Outstanding Variety Special Pre-recorded – Hamilton

Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020

Outstanding Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live

Governors Award – Debbie Allen

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