Written by Lisa Richwin and Daniel Broadway
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The media dynasty’s “Success” and comedy “Ted Lasso” won top prizes at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, and the “Squid Game” actor took home the top acting award as Hollywood handed out top accolades. Honors on TV.
“Succession” was named best drama series, an award that HBO won in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted its production schedule. The show, which has won four titles overall, tells the story of the wealthy Roy family who are stabbed in the back as members vying for power.
Apple (NASDAQ 🙂 TV + series “Ted Lasso” won Best Comedy Feature for the second year in a row for the story of an American soccer coach who leads a British soccer team. Co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein won the award for Best Comedian and Supporting Actor for the second time [L1N30G2HP].
Likewise, voters honored “Euphoria” star Zendaya as Best Dramatic Actress, and Jean Smart from “Hacks” as Best Comedy Actress. This was the second win for each of those categories.
One of the hacked newcomers was Lee Jong Jae, who took home the title of Best Dramatic Actor for his role in the South Korean thriller ‘Squid Game’. The dystopian story about cash-strapped contestants risking their lives for fortune became a sensation after it was released on Netflix (NASDAQ 🙂 a year ago.
The actor thanked the “Squid Game” team for “creating the real-world problems we all have to face on screen.”
The most highly acclaimed show of the night was “The White Lotus” on HBO. The film won 10 awards, including Best Limited Series and Acting Awards for Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett. These gains helped HBO and streaming service HBO Max lead all other networks with 38 overall honors [L1N30J2CD].
Host and “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson maintained a festive tone throughout the show, saying it’s time to appreciate one of the world’s favorite pastimes.
“What would we do without television, reading books?” He joked, before joining the dance numbers for different songs ranging from the classic sitcom “Friends” to the current sci-fi hit “Stranger Things”.
The winners have largely stayed away from politics or world events. One exception was “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong, who joked that it was a big week for “Succession,” referring to King Charles’ accession to the British throne after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.
“I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is,” Armstrong said. “We’ll leave that to other people.”
British “Lasso” actor Goldstein, who plays soccer legend Roy Kent the cute, said he would try not to swear after his profanity remarks were cut short in Britain when he won last year, preventing his family from hearing them.
Then he added: “Mom, Dad.. I love you damned.”
Singer Lizzo won an Emmy for her competition series for “Watch out for Big Grrrrls.” The musician said that as a little girl she always wanted TV to show “someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me.”
She said, “I’ll go back and tell Lizzo a little thing… you’ll become that person.”
Among the other winners, Michael Keaton was cast as the lead actor in a limited series for the role of a small town doctor who became addicted to painkillers in “Dopesick.”