Celebrities came out in force to Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on September 24 for the 2022 Emmy Awards.
The three-hour extravaganza, hosted by SNL’s Kenan Thompson, featured a wide range of unforgettable moments, from the sublime to the weird.
A Summary of The Evening’s Most Important Points Follows
Zendaya and The Cast of Squid Game Create History
Since its release in September, when it became Netflix’s most-watched show ever, Squid Game has continued to set new benchmarks, most recently at last night’s Emmys.
Lee Jung-Jae, who played the harsh lead character Seong Gi-hun, made history by becoming the first Asian actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
It was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who made history by being the first Asian director to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. He also holds the distinction of being the first director to win for a series whose language was not English.
In addition to Lee and Hwang, Zendaya won an Emmy for her performance as the troubled Rue Bennett in the HBO drama Euphoria, making her the youngest actress to win an Emmy twice.
Success for The White Lotus
During Monday night’s Emmys, the social satire The White Lotus was named Outstanding Limited Series, while series creator Mike White took home awards for Writing for a Limited Series and Directing for a Limited Series.
Aside from White, the night was a success for Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, who both received nominations for the first time as supporting actors.
To no one’s surprise, Coolidge, who portrayed the affluent Tanya McQuoid on the show, gave one of the night’s most hilarious speeches, which finished with her breaking out into dance when they tried to play her off to Ray Charles’ Hit The Road Jack.
Succession, a favorite at the Emmys, won multiple awards that night, including Outstanding Drama Series, Writing for a Drama Series, and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which came as a shock to Matthew Macfadyen.
Armstrong may come to regret not devoting more time and effort to his last acceptance speech. Armstrong, accompanied on stage by his ensemble, remarked, “Big week for successions.” We get a new monarch in the United Kingdom! It looks like we got a few more votes than Prince Charles. I won’t argue that our side is more righteous than his, I’ll let others do it.
A few groans could be heard from the audience as actor and show star Brian Cox stood behind him and urged him to “Keep it, royalist!” Maintain a regal tone!