HBO drama “Succession” and comedy “Ted Lasso” both took top honors at the Emmys in a ceremony that presented its awards among repeat winners and also honored several newcomers.
“Succession” won the award for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards. The third season of the HBO drama starring Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong about media moguls and the kids who seek to succeed them took home the top prize on Monday night, as did a second season in 2020.
Netflix’s “The Crown” won best drama last year. , when “Succession” was between seasons. “Succession” beat out its competitors “Better Call Saul,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” “Severance,” “Squid Game,” “Stranger Things” and “Yellowjackets.”
Zendaya, Jason Sudeikis and Jean Smart were repeat winners at Monday’s Emmy Awards, as the ceremony also honored several first-time winners, including Lizzo, Lee Jung-jae from “Squid Game” and Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph from Abbott Elementary .
Several new Emmy winners emerged, with Lizzo, Lee Jung-jae of “Squid Game” and Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph of “Abbott Elementary” collecting titles.
“Thank you for creating such a safe space to make this show so difficult,” said Zendaya, a two-time winner of “Euphoria,” the drama series about teenagers and their difficult coming-of-age.
“My biggest wish for ‘Euphoria’ was that it could help heal people. I thank everyone who has shared their story with me. I carry them with me and I carry them with” her character, Rue, too, Zendaya said.
Sudeikis won his second consecutive trophy for the football comedy “Ted Lasso,” with Smart matching it for the stand-up comedy “Hacks.” Sudeikis delivered a rare salute at the televised Consumer Awards show.
“Thank you for the people who watch this show and enjoy it as much as we do,” he said.
Ralph stopped the Emmys by accepting the award for best supporting actress in a comedy for “Abbott Elementary” with a short but poignant acceptance song.
“I’m an endangered species, but I don’t sing a song of victimhood.” I’m a woman, I’m an artist and I know where my voice belongs,” she exclaimed. She then encouraged anyone who doubts her dream: “I’m here to tell you that this is what faith looks like.”
The audience, including Lizzo and many of television’s biggest stars, rose to their feet in cheers for Ralph.
As Lizzo herself accepted the award for Best Competition Series for “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” she gave another emotional pep talk.
“When I was a child, I just wanted to see myself in the media. Someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me,” the musician said.
“Ted Lasso” co-star Brett Goldstein won supporting actor in a comedy, while “Succession’s” Matthew Macfadyen and “Ozark’s” Julia Garner earned supporting drama series honors.
“It’s a great pleasure and a privilege to play this crazy gift in this wonderful show,” Macfadyen said as he accepted the trophy for his role as the bewildered member of a media tycoon.
Garner was among the winners who took advantage of covering all the bases by thanking her husband and others in on-screen messages.
“The White Lotus” collected several honors, including the best limited or anthology series.
Host Kenan Thompson kicked off the Emmys with a tribute to television, dismissing Tik-Tok as “little vertical TV” and a sing-along number that saluted the show’s theme songs, from “Friends” to “The Brady Bunch” and Game of Thrones.
When the music stopped, Thompson gave a microphone drop and announced Oprah Winfrey as the first host.
Winfrey took the stage with an Emmy statue and called the night a “party!” The first award of the night went to Michael Keaton for his role in “Dopesick.” Winfrey and Keaton hugged before she presented her trophy.
“It means something,” Keaton said of the award for playing a caring doctor caught up in an addiction to his patients. He went on to recall the “magic” of meeting television when his father won a set in the lottery and thanked his parents for not making fun of his childhood attempts at acting.
Amanda Seyfried won the trophy for lead actress in a limited series for “The Dropout,” playing hapless Silicon Valley prodigy Elizabeth Holmes. He thanked a list of family and colleagues and even his dog, Finn.
Murray Bartlett was named best supporting actor for the limited series “The White Lotus,” a tragicomedy set at a Hawaiian resort. Jennifer Coolidge, who won Best Supporting Actress for the show, delighted the audience by dancing to music that was meant to interrupt her acceptance speech.
The award for best variety talk show went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and the stand-up special “Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel” won best writing for a comedy program.
“Good night everyone. I’m going home. I’m not like a bad winner, but I’m going home because I can’t get over this right now,” Carmichael said incomparably to the audience.
Monday’s rousing start to the show was a far cry from the main drama contenders that include the violent “Squid Game,” the dark workplace satire “Severance” and “Succession,” about a powerful and ruthless family. Even the comedy nominee “Ted Lasso,” the defending champion, took a dark turn in the storytelling.
The first arrivals on the show’s gold carpet set a fun and upbeat tone despite temperatures in the 80s with unseasonable humidity in downtown Los Angeles. The glamor was back with a bit of metallic sheen and lots of bright colors as otherworldly Britt Lower, Old Hollywood Elle Fanning and co posed for the photographers.
While HBO’s “Succession,” which won best drama series in 2020, and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” are among the top contenders for honors, there’s a chance for some surprises. Netflix’s world-renowned “Squid Game” would become the first non-English language drama series to win an Emmy.
On the comedy side, acclaimed ABC newcomer “Abbott Elementary” could become the first broadcast show to win best comedy since the network’s “Modern Family” in 2014. It’s also among a handful of contenders this year, along with “Squid Game.” submit a significant number of designated colors.
At the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, the mockumentary-style show about teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia school won the trophy for best comedy series. “Succession” won the acting award for the series.
“The Crown,” last year’s big winner, was out this time around because it fell out of the Emmy eligibility period. The dramatic account of Queen Elizabeth’s reign and family life will return for a fifth season in November, as Britain mourns the loss of its longest-serving monarch, who died on Thursday aged 96.
AP reporter Beth Harris contributed to this report.
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