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Here’s How The 2022 Emmy Awards Made History

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

The Emmys awards, over the years, have provided us with many memorable moments, including Priyanka Chopra twirling in her red Jason Wu gown or Jimmy Fallon’s La La Land-inspired opening number, and the 74th Annual Emmy Awards were no different.

Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, who was the host for the evening, opened the show with a monologue and jokes about everything, from Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriends to the inevitable Oscar Slapgate.

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The biggest winners of the night, to nobody’s surprise, turned out to be HBO’s Succession and The White Lotus, and Apple TV+’ Ted Lasso.

Succession, deservedly, took home the Outstanding Drama Series awards, along with one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for Matthew Macfayden) and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (for Jesse Armstrong).

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Ted Lasso, too, scored big with awards including Outstanding Comedy Series and acting awards for Brett Goldstein and Jason Sudeikis.

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The White Lotus won five awards in total at the Awards, which brings up its Emmy total to 10 if you include the Creative Arts Emmys that took place a few days ago. Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett won in the Outstanding Supporting Actress/Actor categories and Mike White took home the Writing and Directing For Limited Series trophies.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph became the second black woman to win an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series trophy for Abbott Elementary, with creator Quinta Brunson winning in the writing category for the same.

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Netflix’s action-thriller Korean series Squid Game made history at the Emmys by winning in major categories, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for actor Lee Jung-jae, the first Asian actor to win the award) and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (for Hwang Dong-hyuk, the first Asian director to win in the category). Actress Lee You-mi won the award for Outstanding Guest Actress too.

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Zendaya, resplendent in a stunning Valentino gown, became the first black actress to win an award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. She is also the youngest two-time winner of any Emmy award in history.

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Popstar Lizzo’s reality show Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program, while RuPaul won the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program trophy for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

So what did you think of the wins and snubs of this year’s Emmy Awards?