“Succession” and “Ted Lasso” emerged as returning champions at the 74th annual Emmy Awards, on an evening that tilted towards repeat winners while spreading the wealth in a approach that appeared to have fun range amongst expertise, platforms and content material.
After Netflix’s record-tying efficiency in 2021, HBO reasserted its dominance in its now-annual battle with Netflix for supremacy in the realm of status TV. The pay community was led by the restricted sequence “The White Lotus,” whose 5 awards on Monday night time – coupled with a handful of technical prizes at the earlier Creative Arts ceremonies – let it take a look at with 10 general wins this season, greater than another program.
HBO collected 12 of the 25 statuettes awarded at Monday’s ceremony. That included a second win for “Succession,” which sat out final yr as a consequence of the eligibility window, leaving the door open for “The Crown” to brush the drama voting.
“Ted Lasso” turned comedy’s back-to-back winner for the present in addition to stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein – an more and more uncommon feat, if solely as a result of reveals now extra regularly take longer breaks between runs.
Denied a possibility to make historical past as a non-English-language drama winner, as “Parasite” did at the Oscars, Netflix’s social-media sensation “Squid Game” garnered awards for star Lee Jung-jae and directing. The present had beforehand earned a quartet of victories at the Creative Arts ceremony.
Adding the earlier ceremonies with Monday night time, HBO totaled 38 Emmys this yr, far forward of second-place Netflix, at 26. Apple’s “Ted”-powered exhibiting left the streaming service with 9 general, tied with Disney+ behind Hulu, with 10 thanks largely to its fact-based restricted sequence. (Like CNN, HBO is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
After a sleepy begin to the present, Sheryl Lee Ralph woke up the viewers as she turned solely the second Black girl to win supporting actress in a comedy for ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” a win notched 35 years after Jackee Harry broke by for “227.” The Broadway star then sang a part of her speech (thanking executives in script that ran throughout the backside of the display), bringing the crowd bounding to its ft.
Quinta Brunson, the present’s star and producer, was additionally honored for writing the sitcom about lecturers, a lift heading into its second season subsequent week.
Ralph introduced vitality to a telecast that in all probability may have used extra of her. Hosted by “Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson (and together with a mini-reunion with former co-star Kel Mitchell), the ceremony bounced alongside at a clumsy tempo. Politics performed a muted function in the night, and the efforts to have fun the breadth of tv generally felt as in the event that they got here at the expense of time dedicated to the precise awards.
There was, as common, a good quantity of repetition, and an entire lot of bleeped-out phrases. The former included the seventh consecutive award to “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” and one other trophy for the long-running “Saturday Night Live.” Oliver’s HBO present has owned that class, in a lot the approach Jon Stewart did at his former dwelling, “The Daily Show.”
Zendaya claimed her second lead-actress award for HBO’s bleak high-school drama “Euphoria,” and Julia Garner acquired her third Emmy for her supporting function as Ruth in Netflix’s grim drama “Ozark.” Jean Smart joined the repeat winners for the HBO Max comedy about comedians, “Hacks.”
Still, different first-time winners broke by as effectively. Matthew Macfadyen took the supporting actor award for “Succession,” this yr’s most-nominated program, joined by limited-series stars Michael Keaton for “Dopesick” and Amanda Seyfried for an additional Hulu manufacturing, “The Dropout,” and her portrayal of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
First-time nominees Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge have been additionally acknowledged for “White Lotus,” with the latter having to beat 4 of her co-stars in the bountiful forged. Coolidge received performed off throughout her ebullient acceptance speech, after a number of recipients had talked over the music. Mike White additionally received for each writing and directing the sequence.
Amazon’s “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” additionally capped its three-Emmy run by this awards season by successful for competitors program, prompting one in every of the extra emotional acceptance speeches from its host.
HBO’s sturdy exhibiting adopted a yr by which Netflix tied a 47-year-old file (initially set by CBS) with a complete of 44 Emmys throughout the Creative Arts and fundamental telecast. That included sweeping the high drama classes with “The Crown,” which didn’t air throughout this yr’s eligibility interval.
HBO was the most-honored community in 2019 and 2020, tying with Netflix the yr earlier than that.
The presentation kicked off with a tribute to TV theme songs, and a standing ovation for Oprah Winfrey, who introduced the first award of the night time.
After record-low scores in 2020 with a digital ceremony, viewership of the Emmys rebounded final yr to an estimated 7.4 million viewers – nonetheless low by historic requirements, however a marked enchancment over the earlier two years.
Ratings for linear TV have been declining generally, and the Emmys are perceived to have been impacted by nominating fewer broadly well-liked reveals as streaming has taken over the awards competitors.
TV rights to the Emmys rotate amongst the 4 main broadcast networks. This yr’s present moved from its common Sunday broadcast as a result of it’s airing on NBC, which carries “Sunday Night Football.”