“Succession,” HBO’s portrait of a dysfunctional media dynasty, won best drama on 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’s won in that category. And Matthew Macfadyen won best supporting actor in a drama for the primary time for his performance on the show.
It was the sixth time in eight years that HBO has taken the tv industry’s biggest prize for a recurring series, making it one more triumphant night for the cable network. HBO, in addition to its streaming service, HBO Max, won more Emmys (38) than every other outlet, besting its chief rival, Netflix (26).
“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. The show won 10 Emmys altogether, greater than every other series. 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, each received acting Emmys.
“Mike White, my God, thanks for giving me top-of-the-line experiences of my life,” Bartlett, who played an off-the-wagon hotel manager, said from the Emmys stage.
But HBO’s chronicles of the wealthy weren’t the one winners on Monday night.
“Ted Lasso,” the Apple TV+ sports series, won best comedy for a second consecutive yr, because the tech giant continues on an awards show tear. Apple TV+, which had its debut in November 2019, won best picture on the Oscars (“CODA”) earlier this yr. And Jason Sudeikis repeated as best actor in a comedy because the fish-out-of-water soccer coach in “Ted Lasso.”
There have been other big moments within the comedy awards. Quinta Brunson, the creator of the good-natured ABC workplace sitcom, “Abbott Elementary,” a couple of 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 primary, in 2017, for “Master of None”).
In one among 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 college. Ralph began her Emmys speech by singing “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves, and received a standing ovation from the room filled with 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 Jackée Harry won for her role within the NBC sitcom “227.”
This has been probably the most competitive Emmys season ever: Submissions for all of the categories surged, and 2022 could be very more likely to set one more record for the best variety of scripted television series.
But there was also a way of concern among the many executives, producers and agents in attendance at Monday night’s Emmy Awards, that 2022 represents the top of the so-called Peak TV era, which has produced the best variety of scripted television series, nearly every yr, for greater than a decade.
Netflix, which lost subscribers this yr for the primary time in a decade, has laid off a whole bunch of staffers and is reining in its spending. HBO’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, has shelved projects and is about to put off a major variety of employees. NBC executives are considering ending its prime-time lineup at 10 p.m., 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 very 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 steering. Those wins represented a serious 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 very 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 yr was no different. John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” won the very best talk show category for a seventh consecutive yr, and “Saturday Night Live” took the very best variety sketch series for a sixth straight yr.
This yr’s ceremony was the primary return to the Microsoft Theater for the reason that pandemic. Producers for the Emmys incorporated a component that it experimented with ultimately yr’s ceremony, which took place inside a tent: As an alternative of theater-style seating, nominees were gathered around tables with bottles of champagne and wine around them.
This yr’s host, Kenan Thompson, the “Saturday Night Live” veteran, opened the ceremony in a top hat and led a gaggle 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 at Netflix’s recent woes.
“Should you don’t know what ‘Squid Game’ is, it’s the competition you enter whenever you’re in massive debt and desperate for money,” the host said. “Joining the forged next season? Netflix.”