It was all about The White Lotus, Euphoria and Squid Game at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Combined with the Creative Arts Emmys (which were held earlier), these three shows picked up the most awards with The White Lotus winning 10 categories, including one for fan favourite Jennifer Coolidge who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. (She didn’t get to finish her speech on stage and instead danced her way through the “wrap it up” music which was … rather hilarious!)
Succession picked up Best Drama, Ted Lasso dominated the comedy categories and Zendaya made a little history after winning Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Euphoria – she’s the first Black woman to win this twice, and at 26, the youngest person to win an Emmy twice!
During her acceptance speech, she thanked all those who could relate to her complex character, Rue:
“I just wanted to say my greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue, or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know I am so grateful for your stories. I carry them with me and I carry her with me.”
Also making history tonight was Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae who became the first Asian actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Award as well as the first person to win the category for a non-English speaking role!
Another highlight – and easily one of the most powerful moments of the night – was Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph taking home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Not only did she take to the stage and sing verses of Diana Reeves’ “Endangered Species”, she also shared these memorable words:
“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you this is what believing looks like!”
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Lizzo meanwhile used her first career Emmy win (for her reality show Watch Out for the Big Grrrls) to highlight the importance of representation:
“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. If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I would be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but b****, it’s going to have to be you!”
And one of the most prestigious awards of the night, the Governors Award which recognises the exceptional work of an individual or organisation in the television arts and sciences, went to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Accepting the award on her organisation’s behalf, Geena Davis shared the importance of representation and creating gender balance in the media:
“…As you know, as Lizzo knows, television can often directly impact how people see themselves and judge their value in the world. And in the time since I launched the Institute, we’ve made a great deal of progress but still, there’s more work to do…”
Geena launched the Institute in 2004 and has been working to increase the presence of women and girls on-screen ever since.
You can check out the full list of Emmy winners HERE.
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