Michaela Coel Emmys 2021 speech for I May Destroy You won the night

Michaela Coel won an Emmy for Finest Composing in a Tv Limited Series or Motion Picture, for her work on HBO and BBC’s I Might Damage You. In addition to composing, Coel likewise developed, produced, directed, and starred in the series. Likewise up for the award last night were Mare of Eastown, The Queen’s Gambit, and 3 episodes of WandaVision.

I May Destroy You follows a young writer struggling with the aftermath of a sexual assault and is inspired by Coel’s own experiences. Coel was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

As she took the stage, Coel gave a succinct, yet powerful speech (a much needed relief after the previous speech from The Queen’s Gambit director Scott Frank dragged on enough for 3 moments of play-off music).

Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. 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. … I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault.

I Might Damage You is presently streaming on HBO Max. Here’s a take a look at all the other winners of the night.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.