The Emmy Awards were back with a bang after a two-year hiatus, as the who’s who from the world of TV and OTT dazzled on the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday night. It was a fantastic five for HBO’s The White Lotus who bagged the most awards on the night, including Outstanding Limited Series. They were closely followed by AppleTV+’s Ted Lasso, which earned four trophies, including Outstanding Comedy Series. There was simply no stopping HBO/HBO max as they took home a whopping 38 awards, double of what they’d won last year with Matthew Macfadyen, Zendaya and Jennifer Coolidge winning big. On the other hand, Hwang Dong-hyuk won the directing Emmy for the dystopian Korean thriller, Squid Game, Jason Sudeikis won Best Actor in Comedy Series for Ted Lasso, and Jean Smart won for Hacks.
With the team keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings, find some of the stand-out moments we couldn't help taking note of...
What do you get when you have Kenan Thompson looking dapper in a tux and matching top hat? One memorable opening skit at the Emmy’s. Things got off to a friendly start with colourful umbrellas coming out as he paid tribute to the theme songs of Friends, followed by The Brady Bunch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Stranger Things. If that wasn’t enough, Thompson walked on stage donning a Targaryen wig with the Game of Thrones dancers. He hosted the night with a lot of banter intact—especially the one aimed at Leonardo DiCaprio’s strange dating habits. He said, "Zendaya just turned 26 last week. 26 is a weird age in Hollywood. I mean, you’re young enough to play a high school student, but you’re too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio."
90s kids will remember this reunion
Viewers got a throwback to the popular show All That and Kenal & Kel as Thompson and Kel Mitchell took to the stage at the awards ceremony. In a skit set at a bar tended by "honorary bartender" Kumail Nanjiani, Thompson asked The Eternals star, "Why don't you take this guy's order over here?" He then walked over to a patron with his head down, hiding his face. "Excuse me, sir," Thompson said, "can we get you a drink or something?" The mystery man then lifted his head, revealing himself as Mitchell. "You know what... can I get a Good Burger?" he asked to applause from the audience. Thompson looked genuinely surprised, screaming, "Oh my God!" and immediately hugging Mitchell before the two started jumping around.
Zendaya wins, again
It was another Emmy for Zendaya as she bagged the 2nd of her career for 'Lead Actress in a Drama' for her portrayal of Rue Benett in Euphoria. She won her first in 2020 for Euphoria. She graced the red carpet looking absolutely breathtaking wearing a monotone custom black ballgown by Maison Valentino, a diamond-studded chain-link choker necklace, and earrings from Bulgari. Her hairdo was all retro as she kept her curls together with a black ribbon headband.
Lizzo gives us a speech to remember
If there was a speech that made it to this list for all the right reasons, well, this is it. We were over the moon to see Grammy-winning singer Lizzo win the award for Outstanding Competition Program for her Prime Video series Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls. What followed was a speech we loved. “When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media: someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me,” she said.
Selma’s standing ovation
The best was truly saved for the last at the Emmy’s this time around. The awards took everyone by surprise as Selma Blair presented the night’s biggest award—outstanding drama series. Previously diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, the Legally Blonde star received a standing ovation as she graced the stage. "I am so, so honored. Thank you," Selma shared while holding back tears after receiving a standing ovation from the star-studded audience. "I am honored to be here this evening to present the final award for Outstanding Drama Series." There indeed couldn’t have been a better way to end proceedings.
A special mention to Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph, who sang a verse from jazz singer Dianne Reeves' 1993 song 'Endangered Species' on winning the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, and Jennifer Coolidge from The White Lotus star. She danced through the hit single 'Hit the Road Jack' on winning the award for the outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie.
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Drama Series: Succession
Comedy Series: Ted Lasso
Limited or Anthology Series: The White Lotus
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Writing for a drama series: Jesse Armstrong (Succession, “All The Bells Say”)
Directing for a comedy series: MJ Delaney (Ted Lasso, “No Weddings And A Funeral”)
Lead actress in a comedy series: Jean Smart (Hacks)
Lead actress in a drama series: Zendaya (Euphoria)
Directing for a drama series: Hwang Dong-hyuk (Squid Game, “Red Light, Green Light”)
Writing for a comedy series: Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary, “Pilot”)
Lead actor in a comedy series: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
Writing for a variety special: Jerrod Carmichael (Rothaniel)
Writing for a limited series or TV movie: Mike White (The White Lotus)
Directing for a limited series or TV movie: Mike White (The White Lotus)
Competition program: Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls
Lead actress in a limited series or TV movie: Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout)
Supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie: Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)
Variety talk series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Variety sketch series: Saturday Night Live
Supporting actor in a comedy series: Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
Supporting actress in a comedy series: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary)
Supporting actress in a drama series: Julia Garner (Ozark)
Supporting actor in a drama series: Matthew Macfadyen (Succession)
Supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie: Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus)
Lead actor in a limited series or TV movie: Michael Keaton (Dopesick)
Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series: The Beatles: Get Back
Outstanding documentary or nonfiction special: George Carlin’s American Dream
Writing for a variety series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Variety special (live): Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent
Variety special (pre-recorded): Adele: One Night Only