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Frank pushed through his speech for over two minutes, despite the wrap-up music playing several times. All winners were given a strict 45-second time slot.
The director won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his work on the Anya-Taylor Joy-led Netflix series.
In his speech, he thanked Joy among many others involved in the show and his personal life. At one point, he responded to the music saying “Really?” but continued to press on regardless.
His win was followed by a victory for Michaela Coel for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for I May Destroy You. Her moving speech, made in just 30 seconds, was compared to Frank’s by many on social media.
One Twitter user wrote: “May everyone be granted the confidence of Scott Frank getting played off the stage at the #Emmys.” Another added: “Scott Frank wins Emmy for directing limited series, celebrates win with unlimited speech.”
You can see more of the reactions here.
May everyone be granted the confidence of Scott Frank getting played off the stage at the #Emmys
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) September 20, 2021
— Lauren Brewer (@knowinvno1) September 20, 2021
At the Emmy’s tonight, lots of people surprised at how Queen’s Gambit director Scott Frank went on interminably with his speech that had absolutely nothing to say, but my question to you is have you seen his work in the Queen’s Gambit because that would’ve prepared you for this
— David Chen (@davechensky) September 20, 2021
Director for a Miniseries winner Scott Frank takes the time to be the most obnoxious person of the night and silence the playoff music like he’s winning the Governor’s Award or doing slam poetry. #Emmys #Emmys2021 #scottfrank pic.twitter.com/HNAGtEV1yU
— Nate Thomas (@glowing__monkey) September 20, 2021
Scott Frank wins Emmy for directing limited series, celebrates win with UNLIMITED SPEECH
— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) September 20, 2021
The Queen’s Gambit went on to win Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series later in the evening.
One year after a socially-distanced ceremony for the awards, which celebrate the best in television, a limited amount of nominees gathered in Los Angeles to accept their prizes.