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Rants and Raves from the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards

Zendaya makes Emmy history (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Matthew Macfadyen wins for “Succession” (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
“Ted Lasso” takes Outstanding Comedy Series (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Jennifer Coolidge triumphs for “The White Lotus” (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Lizzo has a huge night (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Jean Smart enters elite territory with her 5th win (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
  • With her loss this year for Killing Eve, Sandra Oh is now 0-for-13, making her one of the biggest losers in Emmy history. She is approaching all-time Emmy losing performer Angela Lansbury, who is 0-for-18.
  • Saturday Night Live extends its lead as the most winning series of all time with its 87th win tonight.
  • With her win for Abbott Elementary, Sheryl Lee Ralph became the 1st woman of color to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 35 years since Jackee Harry for 227 in 1987. They are the only 2 non-white women to ever win this category.
  • Julia Garner becomes only 2nd woman to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 3 times after Nancy Marchand for Lou Grant.
  • Lee Jung-jae became the first acting winner for a non-English language performance. Additionally, Squid Game became the first non-English language series to win a major Emmy.
  • As mentioned, Jean Smart enters an elite field with 5 acting wins. The only actors with more are Cloris Leachman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, Allison Janney, Tyne Daily, John Lithgow, and Mary Tyler Moore.
  • Zendaya became the youngest actor to win 2 acting Emmys and Julia Garner became the youngest actor to win 3 acting Emmys.
  • This was the first time in Emmy history that 3 out of the 4 comedy acting winners repeated from the prior year.
  • In a true testament to how beloved it is by the Television Academy, Ted Lasso’s 8 Emmys in the major categories over its first 2 seasons means that it now has more major Emmy wins than classic series like Seinfeld, Friends, The Cosby Show, Arrested Development, Sex and the City, Roseanne, and The Office.
  • As of last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, RuPaul now has 12 wins, extending his lead as the most awarded black person in Emmys history.
Kenan’s cringe-inducing opening (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, and Martin Short were the best presenters of the evening (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
Sheryl Lee Ralph gives an acceptance speech for the ages (Image Copyright: ATAS/NBC)
  • Outstanding Drama Series: Succession (HBO)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (HBO)
  • Outstanding Writing: Jesse Armstrong, Succession (Episode: “All the Bells Say”; HBO)
  • Outstanding Directing: Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game (Episode: “Red Light, Green Light”; Netflix)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Ted Lasso (AppleTV+)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Jean Smart, Hacks (HBOMax)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso (AppleTV+)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary (ABC)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (AppleTV+)
  • Outstanding Writing: Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (Episode: “Pilot”; ABC)
  • Outstanding Directing: MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso (Episode: “No Weddings and a Funeral”; AppleTV+)
  • Outstanding Limited Series: The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout (Hulu)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Michael Keaton, Dopesick (Hulu)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Outstanding Writing: Mike White, The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Outstanding Directing: Mike White, The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program: Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime)
  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Jerrod Carmichael, Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (HBO)



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