If I’m being honest, my metric for whether or not the 2021 Emmy Awards were going to be a success rested on whether or not Michaela Coel took home an award for her deeply affecting limited series, I May Destroy You. Up until the moment she did win—two hours and 20 minutes into the broadcast—it felt as if the Emmys were stuck in the cognitive dissonance between championing diversity and being unable to actually showcase it. Host Cedric the Entertainer and DJ Reggie Watts presented a suave, sleek event broken up with comedic bits that, heaven help me, actually made me laugh. Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula, and Alyson Hannigan did a faux roundtable out of never winning Emmys. The cast of Schitt’s Creek improv-ed their way through two category presentations. Jennifer Coolidge drawled sarcastic appreciation for the challenges men face in the industry. Host Cedric the Entertainer even talked some actual shit about the royal family, which created a fascinating array of facial expressions from the British performers. And it helped that Conan O’Brien, sitting at a nominees’ table, took it upon himself to make a bit out of the introduction to Debbie Allen’s governor’s award—and then ran onstage to “accept his award” during Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech.