The biggest night for television was held in Los Angeles, with “Succession” and “Ted Lasso” cleaning up and stars like Lizzo, Zendaya, Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lee Jung Jae of “Squid Game” among those that went home happy.
Actor and Saturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson hosted the show at the Microsoft Theatre bringing his charm to the role. This is the first time he is hosting the Emmys but he has been nominated six times.
“Succession” was crowned 74th annual Emmy Awards best drama winner and most nominated series of the evening with a total of 25 nominations and Ted Lasso winning the best comedy series. The two series emerged as returning winners of the Emmys.
HBO took back its position as the King of TV in it’s annual battle with Netflix for the supremacy. HBO collected 12 of the 25 awards which included wins for “Succession”, “The White Lotus” and “Ted Lasso”. HBO’S limited series “The White Lotus” tied with Ted Lasso for the second position with 20 nominations swept all the awards it was nominated. “Hacks” was awarded an award for Best Actress in a Comedy which was won by Jean Smart and “Only Murders In The Building” was snubbed this year.
Zendaya made history by becoming the youngest two-time acting winner for the second season of Euphoria, the 26 year old “Dune” star acknowledged those who shared stories related to her character, Rue, struggling with addiction in the HBO teen series.
“Squid Game”, the first non- English language series ever nominated for the best drama kept Succession from taking the win for the best director, Hwang Dong-hyuk and star Lee Jung-jae won best director and actor in a drama for a non English language performance.
Newcomer, “Abbort Elementary” also grabbed three awards for best comedy writing won by Quinta Brunson making her the third Black writer and second Black female writer, best supporting actress in a comedy won by Sheryl Lee Ralph also making history as the second black woman to win such award and Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series.
Pop singer Lizzo, who created the Amazon series “Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” won the best documentary series and Lizzo talked about the importance of representation in the entertainment industry in an emotional acceptance speech. “When I was a little girl,all I wanted to see was someone like me in the media…Someone fat like me,Black like me,beautiful like me. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something,I would be like, ‘You’re going to see that person..but bitch,it’s going to have to be you'”.