Succession, the story of a dysfunctional family struggling for power and wealth, and feel-good comedy Ted Lasso took Emmy honors, while South Korean star Lee Jung-jae was named best actor for his role in the dystopian thriller Squid Game, a first for a non-English speaking artist.
Squid Game’s Lee won Best Actor for his role in the series about cash-strapped contestants risking their lives for riches, which became a overall feel for Netflix after its release on the streaming platform. The show’s director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, also won Best Director.
In addition to Lee, several other performers won their first Emmy, including singer Lizzo, who won Best Series competition for Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won Best Actress in a second. role in a comedy series for his performance in Abbott Primary.
Zendaya received her second Emmy for the coming-of-age show Euphoria.
“Thank you for creating such a safe space to do this very difficult show,” Zendaya said after receiving her award.
“My biggest wish for ‘Euphoria’ was that it could help heal people. Thank you to everyone who shared your story with me. I carry them with me and carry them with me,” also said Zendaya, her character, Street.
Ted Lasso, which follows the ups and downs of a London football team and its American manager, won Best Comedy Series for the second year in a row, and stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein were second winners for Best comedic actor and supporting actor.
The White Lotus, a satire about wealthy tourists and the workers who look after them at an upscale resort, nabbed the award for best limited series, while two of its stars, Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, won the award for best supporting actor and actress.
Coolidge thrilled the Emmy audience by rocking to the music meant to interrupt his acceptance speech.
The high-glamor gala was a return to business as usual in Hollywood after the events limited or canceled by the coronavirus in recent years.
Major Emmy Winners
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Limited Series
The White Lotus
Best Actor, Drama
Lee Jung-jae, squid game
Best Actress, Drama
Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Matthew Macfadyen, Estate
Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Julia Garner, Ozark
Best Actor, Comedy
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Best Actress, Comedy
Jean Smart, Hacks
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary
Best Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture
Michael Keaton, Dopesick
Best Actress, Limited Series or Movie
Amanda Seyfried for The Dropout
Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture
Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus
Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture
Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus