Ewan McGregor has won the Emmy Award for lead actor in a limited series for his role in the Netflix show “Halston.”

McGregor beat out an impressive list of competitors in the category including: Paul Bettany for the Disney Plus-Marvel Studios series “WandaVision,” Hugh Grant for HBO’s “The Undoing,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. for Disney Plus’ filmed version of “Hamilton.”

In his acceptance speech, McGregor thanked the cast and crew of the show.

“I just want to thank our crew first of all because like so many people have said tonight, we shot through the pandemic in New York City and through everybody’s professionalism and passion, kept us all safe. And so we couldn’t have done it without you,” McGregor said. “Ryan Murphy, thanks for championing ‘Halston’ and bringing it to Netflix. Thank you to Netflix.”

This is McGregor’s fourth Emmy nomination overall and his first win. He was previously nominated in the same category for his work in the third season of “Fargo,” in which he played twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. He was nominated that same year for best narrator for “Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart” and was also nominated in 1997 for best guest actor in a drama for his work on “ER.”

Upcoming projects for McGregor include the Obi-Wan Kenobi series at Disney Plus, in which McGregor will reprise the role of the Jedi master he played across the three “Star Wars” prequel films. He is also set for a role in Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s stop-motion animated version of “Pinocchio.” McGregor will voice the Talking Cricket in the film.

“Halston” tells the story of the life of the famous designer Halston from the 1960s through the 1980s. The show was based on the book “Simply Halston” by Steven Gaines and was adapted for the screen by Sharr White, with Ryan Murphy executive producing under his Netflix overall deal. The show received five Emmy nominations in total, with the series debuting on Netflix in its entirety back in May 2021.

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The full list of nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards, which recognises the best in television, was released today.

The awards ceremony will be held on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

McGregor played the title character of Roy Halston Frowick (known commonly just as Halston) in the 2021 miniseries charting the rise to international fame of the American fashion designer in the 1970s.

McGregor is up against some strong opposition for the coveted title of Best Actor.

The Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominations are:

Paul Bettany – WandaVision

Hugh Grant – The Undoing

Ewan McGregor – Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr – Hamilton

Elsewhere, The Crown (also Netflix) was tied with Disney+ show The Mandalorian for the most nominations at this year’s awards. Both shows scored 24 total nods.

Olivia Colman, who plays the Queen in The Crown, will be up against Emma Corrin, who won critical acclaim for her portrayal of a young Diana, Princess of Wales, for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Josh O’Connor has been nominated in the male equivalent category for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales in The Crown’s fourth season, which covered a tumultuous 1980s for the royal family.

Gillian Anderson played Margaret Thatcher and is up for supporting actress in a drama series alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who portrayed Princess Margaret and Emerald Fennell, who starred as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Tobias Menzies is nominated for playing the Duke of Edinburgh.

All the actors will be replaced for The Crown’s upcoming fifth season, which will place a more recent era under the Netflix glare.

Both The Crown and Bridgerton are up for the prestigious outstanding drama series Emmy, alongside The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us, Pose, The Mandalorian and Lovecraft Country.

Despite three previous nominations, The Crown has never won the prize.

Kate Winslet is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for gritty detective drama Mare Of Easttown.

Her fellow nominees include Britons Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You and Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha.

Anya Taylor-Joy is up for The Queen’s Gambit and Elizabeth Olsen for WandaVision.

Coel is also nominated for her directing and writing on sexual assault drama I May Destroy You.

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Actor Ewan McGregor recently won the Best Actor in a Superhero Movie award for his acclaimed portrayal of DC’s Black Mask in 2020’s Birds of Prey(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) at the first-ever Critics’ Choice Super Awards show.

McGregor won the honorary title over fellow nominees Skylar Astin (Secret Society of Second-Born Royals), Jim Carrey (Sonic The Hedgehog), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Old Guard) and Ben Schwartz (Sonic The Hedgehog). The inaugural ceremony was held virtually — due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and precautions — on The CW on Jan. 10.

McGregor portrayed Black Mask/Roman Sionis in 2020’s Birds of Prey, a villain who inspired the lethal starring ladies to team up against him as they seek to protect Cassandra Cain. “I want to kill you, because without the Joker around I can,” McGregor’s character famously said in the film to Harley Quinn which prompts Quinn to decide she needs help in defeating him.

McGregor joined co-star Margot Robbie in the winner’s circle as she also took home the Critics’ Choice Super Award for Best Actress in a Superhero movie for her portrayal of Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

The DC Comic character Black Mask first appeared in 1985’s Batman #386 and was created by Doug Moench and Tom Bandrake. Sionis is known in DC’s Gotham City to be one of the most dangerous criminal masterminds and frequently goes up against the Dark Knight. Similar to Bruce Wayne, the character came from wealth but his dark upbringing led him to become and still be a sinister force in Gotham City, rivaling that of Lex Luther in the criminal underworld and as seen in DC’s Year of the Villain Black Mask #1.

Hosted by Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez, the inaugural Critics’ Choice Super Awards was held on Jan. 10 and celebrated series and films across the Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action and Animation genres. The awards ceremony aired on The CW and will be available to stream for free on The CW app and cwtv.com starting Jan. 11.

Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor. The film is now available on video-on-demand and streaming on HBO Max.

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