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‘Succession’ wins best drama series
‘Ted Lasso’ wins best comedy series
‘The White Lotus’ wins best limited series
‘Succession’ wins best writing for a drama series
Lee Jung-jae wins best lead actor in a drama series for ‘Squid Game’
‘Ted Lasso’ wins best directing for a comedy series
Jean Smart wins best lead actress in a comedy series for ‘Hacks'
Zendaya wins best lead actress in a drama series for ‘Euphoria’
‘Squid Game’ wins best directing for a drama series
Quinta Brunson wins best writing for a comedy series
Don’t worry, Norm Macdonald was in the In Memoriam last year
Jason Sudeikis wins best lead actor in a comedy series for ‘Ted Lasso’
Kenan and Kel reunite at the Emmys
Jerrod Carmichael wins best writing for a variety special
‘The White Lotus’ wins best writing for a limited series
‘Succession’ wins best drama series
‘Ted Lasso’ wins best comedy series
‘The White Lotus’ wins best limited series
‘Succession’ wins best writing for a drama series
Lee Jung-jae wins best lead actor in a drama series for ‘Squid Game’
‘Ted Lasso’ wins best directing for a comedy series
Jean Smart wins best lead actress in a comedy series for ‘Hacks'
Zendaya wins best lead actress in a drama series for ‘Euphoria’
‘Squid Game’ wins best directing for a drama series
Quinta Brunson wins best writing for a comedy series
Don’t worry, Norm Macdonald was in the In Memoriam last year
Jason Sudeikis wins best lead actor in a comedy series for ‘Ted Lasso’
Kenan and Kel reunite at the Emmys
Jerrod Carmichael wins best writing for a variety special
‘The White Lotus’ wins best writing for a limited series
The Emmys proved that Hollywood award shows are nothing if not largely predictable: Monday night’s ceremony saw “Succession” (HBO) and “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus) take home the trophies for best drama and comedy series — both series second-time winners in their respective categories.
Best-limited-series winner “The White Lotus” (HBO) led the night overall with five Emmy Awards, followed closely by “Lasso” with four. There were plenty of repeat wins: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won best variety talk series for the seventh year in a row; Julia Garner picked up her third supporting dramatic actress prize for “Ozark”; Brett Goldstein became a two-time comedic supporting actor winner for “Ted Lasso,” as did Jason Sudeikis for lead actor; Jean Smart (“Hacks”) and Zendaya (“Euphoria”) each won lead actress for their shows for the second time.
“Succession,” which was nominated for the most awards of any series, took home the coveted best drama trophy.
Creator Jesse Armstrong, who is British, took the opportunity to make a dig at the monarchy as the cast and crew took the stage: “Big week for successions: New king in the U.K. This for us. Evidently a little bit more voting involved in our winning than Prince Charles,” he said, referring to the death last week of Queen Elizabeth II.
After actor Brian Cox, who is Scottish, jokingly warned Armstrong to “keep it royalist,” Armstrong hedged a bit: “I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than where he is; we’ll leave that to other people.”
The Apple TV Plus comedy repeated last year’s victory, triumphing in a category full of favorites.
“The White Lotus,” again? Sure, why not.
The best limited series winner was so popular that HBO decided to renew it for another season. But it still counts as a limited series at the Emmys, apparently. This reminds us of “Big Little Lies” — a classic HBO conundrum!
“Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong accepted his third Emmy Award for writing on the HBO series with a message for the writers out there.
“It didn’t feel good always when I was writing it,” Armstrong said of the winning episode, “All the Bells Say.” “It felt wrong.” If you’re a person who is “blind to all the merits and you can only see the faults in what you’re doing,” Armstrong added, “it may just mean that you’re a proper writer.”
“Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae won for his lead performance in the harrowing Netflix series, which swiftly became as much of a water-cooler show as a pandemic-era release can possibly become. He delivered the latter half of his speech in Korean, and an English-language interpreter loosely translated the portion to thanking Korean audiences for watching.
It continues to be a big night for “Ted Lasso”: M.J. Delaney took home the Emmy for best directing for a comedy series (for the Season 2 episode “No Weddings and a Funeral”). She remembered to thank Apple (the show’s streaming network) and Warner Bros. (the production company) in addition to her loved ones. Always important!
Jean Smart was recognized for her lead performance in the HBO Max comedy “Hacks,” her second win for the role.
After issuing her thank yous, Smart noted the wide breadth of people who watch “Hacks” — a range that apparently includes children, as Smart learned after a few kids recognized her while she was shooting the show at a mall.
“Hi!” she recalled saying. “You should not be watching the show.”
Smart concluded her speech by saying that she lost a bet, thanking someone “for the Botox.”
The actress-singer won her second Emmy Award (she first won in 2020) for playing Rue Bennett, a teenager struggling with addiction, on HBO’s Gen-Z drama.
“My greatest wish for ‘Euphoria’ is that it could help people,” the actress said, thanking those who had shared their own stories with her. “I am so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and I carry them with her.”
The first two hours of the show were pretty quiet for “Squid Game,” Netflix’s enormously popular series about debt-ridden people competing in violent competitions for money, but that all changed when Hwang Dong-hyuk won for directing.
“People keep telling me I made history, but I don’t think I made history by myself,” he said, giving credit to everyone who made the show such a hit, which led to it becoming the first non-English-language show to compete in the best drama category, and 14 nominations overall. “I truly hope ‘Squid Game’ won’t be the last non-English series here at the Emmys. And I also hope this won’t be my last Emmy either.”
Why does ‘Squid Game’ resonate so well in the U.S.? It may be its portrayal of economic despair.
It’s been a great night for “Abbott Elementary” creator Quinta Brunson, who won for best writing in a comedy series.
The ABC sitcom is one of few network television series nominated this year alongside streaming heavyweights such as “Succession,” “The White Lotus” and “Ted Lasso.” Brunson was thanked earlier in the ceremony by “Abbott” fan-favorite Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won a long overdue Emmy in the supporting actress category.
Quinta Brunson is already a viral comedy star. ‘Abbott Elementary’ could make her a household name.
Quite a few people on social media were concerned that Norm Macdonald wasn’t included in the In Memoriam segment — particularly after he just lost to Jerrod Carmichael for writing for a variety special. But not to worry! He was featured last year; the ceremony aired a few days after he died at age 61.
Norm Macdonald had one last secret
The actor behind the nicest man on TV pulls off a second consecutive win for the Apple TV Plus series. The walk-up song, “Whatta Man,” that played as he walked up to receive his trophy, felt like … a choice, given recent Hollywood drama.

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