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Succession wins best drama, Lee Jung-jae wins first Emmy

NEW YORK - Succession, HBO’s portrait of a dysfunctional media dynasty, won best drama at the 74th Emmy Awards on Monday night, the second time the series has taken the prize.

Jesse Armstrong, the show’s creator, also took home the Emmy for best writing, the third time he has won in that category. And Matthew Macfadyen won best supporting actor in a drama for the first time for his performance on the show.

It was the sixth time in eight years that HBO has taken the television industry’s biggest prize for a recurring series, making it yet another triumphant night for the cable network.

HBO, as well as its streaming service, HBO Max, won more Emmys than any other outlet, besting its chief rival, Netflix.

The White Lotus, the cable network’s beloved upstairs-downstairs dramedy that took place at a Hawaiian resort, won best limited series, and tore through several other categories.

Mike White, the show’s creator and director, won a pair of Emmys for best directing and writing. And performers from the show, Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, both received acting Emmys.

“Mike White, my god, thank you for giving me one of the best experiences of my life,” Bartlett, who played a off-the-wagon hotel manager, said from the Emmys stage.

But HBO’s chronicles of the rich were not the only winners on Monday night.

Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ sports series, won best comedy for a second consecutive year, as the tech giant continues on an awards show tear.

Apple TV+, which had its debut in November 2019, won best picture at the Oscars (Coda) earlier this year. And Jason Sudeikis repeated as best actor in a comedy as the fish-out-of-water soccer coach in Ted Lasso.

There were other big moments in the comedy awards.

Quinta Brunson, the creator of the good-natured ABC workplace sitcom, Abbott Elementary, about a group of elementary schoolteachers at an underfunded Philadelphia public school, won for best writing in a comedy.

It was only the second time a black woman won the award (Lena Waithe was the first, in 2017, for Master Of None).

In one of the night’s most electric moments, Sheryl Lee Ralph won best supporting actress in a comedy for her role on Abbott Elementary as a veteran teacher at the school.

Ralph began her Emmys speech by singing Endangered Species by Dianne Reeves, and received a standing ovation from the room full of nominees.

Her victory was also historic: It was only the second time a black woman won the award. The last time was in 1987, when Jackee Harry won for her role in the NBC sitcom 227.

This has been the most competitive Emmys season ever: Submissions for all the categories surged, and 2022 is very likely to set yet another record for the highest number of scripted television series.

But there was also a sense of concern among the executives, producers and agents in attendance at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, that 2022 represents the pinnacle of the so-called Peak TV era, which has produced the highest number of scripted television series, nearly every year, for more than a decade.

Netflix, which lost subscribers this year for the first time in a decade, has laid off hundreds of staffers and is reining in its spending. HBO’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, has shelved projects and is about to lay off a significant number of employees. NBC executives are considering ending its prime-time lineup at 10 pm, and handing the hour over to local stations.

Business challenges aside, the night was mostly a feel-good celebration.

Zendaya won her second Emmy by taking best actress in a drama for her role as a troubled teen in HBO’s Euphoria. Jean Smart repeated as the best actress in a comedy for her role as a Joan Rivers-like comedian in HBO Max’s Hacks.

Squid Game, the blood-splattered, South Korean Netflix series, won a pair of awards: Lee Jung-jae for best actor in a drama, and Hwang Dong-hyuk for directing.

Those wins represented a major breakthrough for a foreign language show as television becomes more global, and as American audiences are increasingly receptive to series with subtitles.

Michael Keaton, who played a small town doctor in Dopesick, took the best actor award in a limited series. And Amanda Seyfried won best actress in a limited series for her well-received performance as Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout.

Emmy voters often have a habit of finding a winner, and sticking with it, and this year was no different.

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight won the best talk show category for a seventh consecutive year, and Saturday Night Live took the best variety sketch series for a sixth straight year.

This year’s ceremony was the first return to the Microsoft Theatre since the pandemic. Producers for the Emmys incorporated an element that it experimented with at last year’s ceremony, which took place inside a tent: Instead of theatre-style seating, nominees were gathered around tables with bottles of Champagne and wine around them.

This year’s host, Kenan Thompson, the Saturday Night Live veteran, opened the ceremony in a top hat and led a group of dancers in a bizarre interpretive dance to theme songs of famous TV series like Law & Order, The Brady Bunch and Game Of Thrones.

During his monologue, Thompson took a dig Netflix’s recent woes.

“If you don’t know what Squid Game is, it is the contest you enter when you’re in massive debt and desperate for money,” the host said. “Joining the cast next season? Netflix.” - NYTIMES

This year’s Emmy winners

Best Comedy

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Best Drama

Succession (HBO)

Best Limited Series

The White Lotus (HBO)

Best Actress, Comedy

Jean Smart, Hacks

Best Actor, Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best Actress, Drama

Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Actor, Drama

Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Supporting Actress, Drama

Julia Garner, Ozark

Supporting Actor, Drama

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus

Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

Reality Competition Programme

Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls

Writing for a Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (Pilot)

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (All The Bells Say)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Mike White, The White Lotus

Directing for a Comedy Series

MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso (No Weddings And A Funeral)

Directing for a Drama Series

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game (Red Light, Green Light)

Directing for a Limited Series or Movie

Mike White, The White Lotus

Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)

Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

Outstanding Variety Special, Pre-Recorded

Adele One Night Only (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Special (Live)

The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show (NBC)