Emmy Awards 2022: First Asian to win best drama actor at the Emmys is Lee Jung-Jae of Squid Game.

Lee Jung-Jae of Squid Game is the first Asian celebrity to receive the Emmy for best male actor in a drama. The South Korean won for portraying Seong Gi-hun, the title character in the popular Netflix series, in his increasingly desperate state. Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator and the first Asian to do so, took home the award for best drama series director.

 

Emmy Winners

The television business bestows various honors for artistic and technical achievement known as Emmy Awards, or Emmys. The Grammy for music, the Oscar (Academy Award) for film, and the Tony for stage theatre are the other three major American awards for performing arts and entertainment. The moniker “immy,” a colloquial term for the image orthicon tube that was ubiquitous in early television cameras, inspired the design of the Emmy trophy, which depicts a winged woman grasping an atom.

 

For the second year in Succession, Ted Lasso was named the most excellent comedy series, and Succession was named outstanding drama.

 

In his victory speech at the year’s most prestigious award ceremony for the US television business, the British creator of the drama, Jesse Armstrong, made fun of the monarchy.

 

It’s a massive week for successions; he said jokingly, “new King in the UK, this for us.” We received a few more votes than Prince Charles did to win.

 

Brian Cox, the show’s headliner, who was also on stage, encouraged him to “keep it, royalist, keep it royalist” as the audience fell silent.

 

We’ll leave that to other people, Armstrong continued, “I’m not claiming we’re any more legitimate in our perspective than he is.”

 

For his depiction as ambitious outsider Tom Wambsgans, which he described as a “bonkers gift of a character,” Matthew Macfadyen, another Succession cast member, won best supporting drama actor.

 

Cox was defeated by Lee from Squid Game, failing to repeat her best actor triumph from the previous year.

 

Along with Zendaya, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Keaton, Julia Garner, and Jean Smart, fellow Brit Brett Goldstein won the night’s other acting awards.

 

After winning best drama actress in 2020, Zendaya won for her role as the young drug addict Rue in Euphoria.

 

She said on stage, to anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like a Rue, “I want you to know I’m so grateful for your experiences, and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her.”

 

Jason Sudeikis, who plays the titular football coach in the movie Ted Lasso, won best leading comic actor, building on his triumph in 2021.

 

His co-star Goldstein, who plays Lasso’s assistant coach Roy Kent, also won for best supporting actor in a comedy series, mirroring his success.

 

Sheryl Lee Ralph’s win for best-supporting actress in a comedy brought some success to Abbott Elementary, a well-liked debut mockumentary set in a US elementary school. The first black actress to win in this category since 1987, she portrays the strict teacher, Barbara Howard.

 

After winning her prize, she performed the first few notes of Dianne Reeves’ song Endangered Species and added, in an emotional address, “This is what believing looks like.”

 

Quinta Brunson, her co-star and the show’s creator took home the prize for comedy series writing.

White Lotus, a hotel satire, took home ten awards total, including best-limited series. It bested rivals such as Inventing Anna and Pam & Tommy, and a drama centered on Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s romance.

 

Best writing, best directing, best-supporting actor for Murray Bartlett, and best-supporting actress for Jennifer Coolidge were also awarded to White Lotus.

 

For her portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout, which is based on the true tale of the disgraced biotech entrepreneur, Seyfried won the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or anthology.

 

She defeated celebrities like Toni Collette (The Staircase), Lily James (Pam and Tommy), and Garner (Inventing Anna).

 

However, Garner did not leave empty-handed, as she once again received the best-supporting actress prize for her portrayal of Ruth in the Netflix crime drama Ozark.

 

Keeping with his earlier-in-the-year Golden Globe victory, Keaton received his first Emmy for portraying a small-town doctor in the opioid crisis thriller Dopesick.

 

Keaton briefly left the business for a few years and spoke of his “believers” and “doubters” in his address.

 

You know what? We’re cool. There have been some doubters. I’ve had some doubters.

 

In a category recently dominated by RuPaul’s Drag Race, singer Lizzo received her first Emmy for Watch Out for The Big Grrrls for the best reality competition.

 

Plus-size dancers have the opportunity to compete in the show for the chance to join the About Damn Time singer on tour.

 

When she accepted her prize, Lizzo was overcome with emotion and said, “When I was a small kid, all I wanted to see in the media was me. Someone overweight like me, black like me, and beautiful like me.”

 

Due to the cancellation of several pre-show celebrations after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last week, there was a subdued build-up to the event.

 

In contrast to the Canadian embassy, the British Film and Television Academy postponed its festivities while canceling its nominees’ traditional Hollywood tea gathering.

 

Emmy After Pendemic

The ceremony, which was the first full-scale Emmys since the outbreak and was hosted by Saturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson, did not reference it outside of the Succession speech.

 

More than 25,000 US Television Academy members, representing people in front of and behind the cameras, cast their votes for the Emmys.

 

The top TV shows that debuted or streamed between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022, are honored with this year’s awards.

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