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HBO's ‘Succession' and Apple's ‘Ted Lasso' Win Top Prizes at the Emmys

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This has been CNBC's live blog covering the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for "Squid Game" onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Television Academy spread the wealth during the 74th annual Emmy Awards Monday Night, doling out 24 awards to more than a dozen different shows.

HBO's "The White Lotus" snared the most awards during the Primetime ceremony with five, including Outstanding Limited Series. It was closely followed by AppleTV+'s "Ted Lasso," which earned four trophies, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Emmy voters also rewarded titles such as Netflix's "Squid Game" and ABC's "Abbott Elementary."

HBO tallied the most wins, earning 11 Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series for "Succession." Its nearest competitors were Disney and Apple, each with four wins. Netflix took home three.

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kenan Thompson hosted the ceremony on NBC and streaming service Peacock from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

While the ceremony typically airs on Sunday, NBC also has broadcast rights to National Football League games on Sunday nights, so it has opted to showcase the award winners on Monday.

"The White Lotus," powered by writer-director Mike White, won several awards. Other winners included Michael Keaton for "Dopesick," Jean Smart for "Hacks," Jennifer Coolidge for "The White Lotus" and Julia Garner for "Ozark."

Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Abbott Elementary") won for best supporting actress in a comedy series, becoming only the second Black woman in the history of the Emmys to win in this category. Jackee Harry took home the prize for "227″ in 1987. "Squid Game" helmer Hwang Dong-hyuk was the first South Korean to win for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. At 26, Zendaya, of "Euphoria," is the youngest person to win the award for Outstanding Leading Actress prize twice.

Amanda Seyfried won for her portrayal of disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in "The Dropout."

"Succession" earned 25 nominations, the most of any series, while "Ted Lasso" and HBO's "The White Lotus" each garnered 20 nominations. Following close behind were HBO Max's "Hacks" and Hulu's "Only Murders in the Building" — each with 17 nominations — and HBO's "Euphoria," which nabbed 16.

The Television Academy did not break out awards by network this year. Last year, there was some mild controversy about how nominations were tallied, as many networks also have streaming services. While it seemed suitable to lump network shows and streaming shows from the same company together, some in the industry felt they should be considered separate distributors.

Outstanding Drama Series

And the winner is... "Succession" (HBO)  

Also nominated:
"Better Call Saul" (AMC)   
"Euphoria" (HBO)   
"Ozark" (Netflix)   
"Severance" (Apple TV+)   
"Squid Game" (Netflix)   
"Stranger Things" (Netflix)    
"Yellowjackets" (Showtime)  

Outstanding Comedy Series

And the winner is... "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV+)

Also nominated:
"Abbott Elementary" (ABC)   
"Barry" (HBO)
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)   
"Hacks" (HBO)   
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Prime Video)
"Only Murders in the Building" (Hulu)
"What We Do in the Shadows" (FX)   

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

And the winner is... "The White Lotus" (HBO)   

Also nominated:
"Dopesick" (Hulu)   
"The Dropout" (Hulu)   
"Inventing Anna" (Netflix)   
"Pam and Tommy" (Hulu)   

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

And the winner is... Lee Jung-jae ("Squid Game")   

Also nominated:
Jason Bateman ("Ozark")  
Brian Cox ("Succession")  
Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul")  
Adam Scott ("Severance")  
Jeremy Strong ("Succession") 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

And the winner is... Jesse Armstrong, "Succession"

Also nominated:
Dan Erickson, "Severance"
Hwang Dong-hyuk, "Squid Game"
Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, and Bart Nickerson, "Yellowjackets"
Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, "Yellowjackets"
Chris Mundy, "Ozark"
Thomas Schnauz, "Better Call Saul"

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

And the winner is... MJ Delaney, "Ted Lasso"

Also nominated:
Lucia Aniello, "Hacks"
Jamie Babbit, "Only Murders in the Building"
Cherien Dabis, "Only Murders in the Building"
Mary Lou Belli, "The Ms. Pat Show"
Bill Hader, "Barry"
Hiro Murai, "Atlanta"

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

And the winner is... Jean Smart ("Hacks")  

Also nominated:
Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")  
Quinta Brunson ("Abbott Elementary")
Kaley Cuoco ("The Flight Attendant")  
Elle Fanning ("The Great")  
Issa Rae ("Insecure")  

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Zendaya accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for "Euphoria" on stage during the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022. -- (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC via Getty Images)

And the winner is... Zendaya ("Euphoria")  

Also nominated:
Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve")   
Laura Linney ("Ozark")  
Melanie Lynskey ("Yellowjackets")  
Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve")  
Reese Witherspoon ("The Morning Show")   

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

And the winner is... Hwang Dong-hyuk, "Squid Game"

Also nominated:
Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
Karyn Kusama, "Yellowjackets"
Mark Mylod, "Succession"
Lorene Scafaria, "Succession"
Ben Stiller, "Severance"
Cathy Yan, "Succession"

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

And the winner is... Quinta Brunson, ("Abbott Elementary")

Also nominated:
Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky, ("Hacks")
Duffy Boudreau, ("Barry")
Bill Hader and Alec Berg, ("Barry")
Steve Martin and John Hoffman, ("Only Murders in the Building")
Jane Becker, ("Ted Lasso")
Sarah Naftalis, ("What We Do in the Shadows")
Stefani Robinson, ("What We Do in the Shadows")

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

And the winner is... Jason Sudeikis ("Ted Lasso")  

Also nominated:
Donald Glover ("Atlanta")   
Bill Hader ("Barry")  
Nicholas Hoult ("The Great")
Steve Martin ("Only Murders in the Building")   
Martin Short ("Only Murders in the Building")  

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

And the winner is... "Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel" (HBO Max)

Also nominated:
"Ali Wong: Don Wong" (Netflix)
"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers The Globe – Hungary For Democracy" (Paramount+)
"Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)" (Netflix)
"Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special" (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series

And the winner is... Mike White, "The White Lotus"

Also nominated:
Elizabeth Meriwether, "The Dropout"
Patrick Somerville, "Station Eleven"
Danny Strong, "Dopesick"
Sarah Burgess, "Impeachment: American Crime Story"
Molly Smith Metzler, "Maid"

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series

And the winner is... Mike White, "The White Lotus"

Also nominated:
Francesca Gregorini, "The Dropout"
Hiro Murai, "Station Eleven"
Michael Showalter, "The Dropout"
Danny Strong, "Dopesick"
John Wells, "Maid"

Outstanding Competition Program

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US singer-songwriter Lizzo (R) accepts the award for Outstanding Competition Program for "Lizzo's Watch Out For the Big Grrrls" onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

And the winner is... "Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls" (Amazon Prime Video)  

Also nominated:
"The Amazing Race" (CBS)  
"Nailed It!" (Netflix)  
"RuPaul's Drag Race" (VH1)  
"Top Chef" (Bravo)  
"The Voice" (NBC)  

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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US actress Amanda Seyfried accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for "The Dropout" onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

And the winner is... Amanda Seyfried ("The Dropout")  

Also nominated:
Toni Collette ("The Staircase")  
Julia Garner ("Inventing Anna")  
Lily James ("Pam and Tommy")  
Sarah Paulson ("Impeachment: American Crime Story")
Margaret Qualley ("Maid")  

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

And the winner is... Jennifer Coolidge ("The White Lotus")

Also nominated:
Connie Britton ("The White Lotus")
Alexandra Daddario ("The White Lotus")
Kaitlyn Dever ("Dopesick")
Natasha Rothwell ("The White Lotus")
Sydney Sweeney ("The White Lotus")
Mare Winningham ("Dopesick)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

And the winner is... "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" (HBO) 

Also nominated:
"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (Comedy Central)  
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (ABC)  
"Late Night With Seth Meyers" (NBC)  
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (CBS)  

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

And the winner is... "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Also nominated:
"A Black Lady Sketch Show" (HBO/HBO Max)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

And the winner is... Brett Goldstein ("Ted Lasso")

Also nominated:
Anthony Carrigan ("Barry")
Toheeb Jimoh ("Ted Lasso")
Nick Mohammed ("Ted Lasso")
Tony Shalhoub ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
Tyler James Williams ("Abbott Elementary")
Henry Winkler ("Barry")
Bowen Yang ("Saturday Night Live")

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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US actress Sheryl Lee Ralph sings as she accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for "Abbott Elementary" onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

And the winner is... Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Abbott Elementary")

Also nominated:
Alex Borstein ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
Hannah Einbinder ("Hacks")
Janelle James ("Abbott Elementary")
Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live")
Sarah Niles ("Ted Lasso")
Juno Temple ("Ted Lasso")
Hannah Waddingham ("Ted Lasso")

Netflix woes become a punchline at Emmys

Host Kenan Thompson used one of his early ceremony monologues to take several digs as streaming service Netflix.

"Squid Game is a contest you enter when you're in massive debt and desperate for money," Thompson explained to the audience. "Joining the cast next season? Netflix."

The joke comes as Netflix has seen subscriber numbers fall in recent quarters. The company has long carried a high debt load, but has balanced it out with a high volume of cash on hand.

Still, shares of the company have fallen more than 60% since January as investors question its content spend and strategy.

"It's all about helping those in need," Thompson added after explaining how the the team at "Abbott Elementary" used their Emmy marketing funds to buy supplies for school teachers. "That's why my paycheck for tonight is going straight to Netflix."

– Sarah Whitten

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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US actress Julia Garner accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for "Ozark" onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

And the winner is... Julia Garner ("Ozark")

Also nominated:
Patricia Arquette ("Severance")
Jung Ho-yeon ("Squid Game")
Christina Ricci ("Yellowjackets")
Rhea Seehorn ("Better Call Saul")
J. Smith-Cameron ("Succession")
Sarah Snook ("Succession")
Sydney Sweeney ("Euphoria")

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

And the winner is... Matthew Macfadyen ("Succession")

Also nominated:
Nicholas Braun ("Succession")
Billy Crudup ("The Morning Show")
Kieran Culkin ("Succession")
Park Hae-soo ("Squid Game")
John Turturro ("Severance")
Christopher Walken ("Severance")
Oh Yeong-su ("Squid Game")

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

And the winner is... Murray Bartlett ("The White Lotus")

Also nominated:
Jake Lacy ("The White Lotus")
Will Poulter ("Dopesick")
Seth Rogen ("Pam & Tommy")
Peter Sarsgaard ("Dopesick")
Michael Stuhlbarg ("Dopesick")
Steve Zahn ("The White Lotus")

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

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Michael Keaton accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie for "Dopesick onstage during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

And the winner is... Michael Keaton ("Dopesick") 

Also nominated:
Colin Firth ("The Staircase")  
Andrew Garfield ("Under the Banner of Heaven")  
Oscar Isaac ("Scenes From a Marriage")  
Himesh Patel ("Station Eleven")  
Sebastian Stan ("Pam and Tommy")   

Even more potential records at the 74th Emmy Awards

Outside of the main comedy and drama categories there are several potential records that could be broken Monday night.

Mare Winningham could break her tie with Jane Alexander, Judy Davis, Coleen Dewhurst and Regina King, and become the sole holder of the record for most wins in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series. Winningham currently ties the group with two wins, but a third from "Dopesick" would put her in the lead.

Hiro Murai, who is also up for best directing for "Atlanta" in the comedy category, could be the first Japanese-American to win Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie for his work on "Station Eleven."

If "Amazing Race" wins for Outstanding Competition Program it will extend its record as the most awarded program in the category's history. It currently stands at 10 wins.

Similarly, "Saturday Night Live," could extend its records for most wins and most consecutive wins for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Both stand at five. It could also pass its current record for most Primetime Emmy wins. The show currently has 86 total Emmys since its debut in 1975 and is up for three awards Monday night.

Other, more unusual, records include the possibility that Sam Levinson ("Euphoria") and Barry Levinson ("Dopesick") could become the first father-son duo to win in the same year for different projects.

Sydney Sweeney could win two acting awards in one evening. She is nominated in the supporting categories for limited series and drama for her work in "The White Lotus" and "Euphoria."

Quinta Brunson could become the first Black woman to ever win three Primetime Comedy Emmys in one night. She is nominated for writing, acting and producing "Abbott Elementary."

– Sarah Whitten

Potential records at the 74th Emmy Awards — Comedy

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Issa Rae portrays Issa Dee in HBO's "Insecure."

There are also a number of records that could be broken by those nominated for comedy awards Monday night.

Selena Gomez could be come the first Latina producer to ever win for Outstanding Comedy Series for "Only Murders in the Building." She is only the second Latina to ever be nominated in this category after Selma Hayek's nod for co-producing "Ugly Betty" in 2007.

If either Quinta Brunson ("Abbott Elementary") or Issa Rae ("Insecure") win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, they would become the second Black woman in history to win in the category. This would come more than 40 years after Isabel Sanford won in 1981 for "The Jeffersons."

Both Brunson and Rae also co-created the shows they star on and would become the first Black woman to win for a show they co-created and co-wrote.

Quinta Brunson attends the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Quinta Brunson attends the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

In the Outstanding Lead Actor category Oscar Isaac would be the first actor of Guatemalan descent to win the prize and Himesh Patel would be the first actor of Gujarati descent to win.

In the supporting actress category, Janelle James ("Abbott Elementary"), Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Abbott Elementary") or Sarah Niles ("Ted Lasso") would become only the second Black woman in history to win in this category. Jackee Harry took home the prize 34 years ago for "227" in 1987.

Bowen Yang could become the first Chinese-American actor to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on "Saturday Night Live." However, if Toheeb Jimoh ("Ted Lasso") or Tyler James Williams ("Abbott Elementary") win, they would be the second Black actor to win following Robert Guillame, who won for "Soap" in 1979.

Nick Mohammed ("Ted Lasso") could also break a record for this category. His win would mark the first time an actor of Trinidadian descent won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

If Hiro Murai wins in the directing category on Monday for his work on "Atlanta," he would be the first Japanese American to earn the prize.

– Sarah Whitten

Potential records at the 74th Emmy Awards — Drama

There are a number of records that could be broken during this year's Emmy Award ceremony across multiple categories and genres.

Here are the records tied to the drama category:

"Squid Game" could become the first non-English drama to win Outstanding Drama Series. Additionally, Lee Jung-jae could become the first South Korean actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series. He would also be the first actor of Asian descent to win the award.

Similarly, Park Hae-soo or O Yeong-su from "Squid Game" could become the first South Korean actors to win the best supporting actor prize. Jung Ho-yeon would also be the first South Korean actress to win in the best supporting actress category.

Hwang Dong-hyuk could also become the first South Korean to win for Outstanding Writing and Directing for a Drama Series.

If Cathy Yan wins the award for best directing for her work on "Succession," she would be the first Chinese-American to win the category.

Zendaya could be the youngest producer to ever win Outstanding Drama Series for "Euphoria" and if she wins the Outstanding Leading Actress prize again, she would be the youngest person to ever win the category two times.

Melanie Lynskey could be the first New Zealand actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "Yellowjackets," but if the prize goes to Sandra Oh from "Killing Eve," she would be the first actress of Asian descent to win the award.

If Sarah Snook takes the win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Succession," she would be the first Australian actress to earn the award.

– Sarah Whitten

Kenan Thompson hosts Emmys as Hollywood looks to get back to business as usual

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Kenan Thompson speaks onstage during the 74th Primetime Emmys Press Preview at the Television Academy on September 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Kenan Thompson speaks onstage during the 74th Primetime Emmys Press Preview at the Television Academy on September 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Long-time "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kenan Thompson will emcee Monday's 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

It is the first time since 2019 that the event has been hosted in this space, as the coronavirus forced previous producers to seek out alternative venues that could accommodate social distancing requirements.

Thompson will be looking to help boost Emmy ratings for the second consecutive year. The show plummeted to record low viewership in recent years, but saw a slight jump in 2021.

While the 2020 ceremony was a mostly virtual affair, and last year's took place inside a large tent, producers are bringing back the dinner table seating in lieu of having nominees sit in theater-style seating like the Academy Awards.

– Sarah Whitten

Is this the year of AppleTV+?

AppleTV+'s historic Oscar win for Best Picture was overshadowed by an altercation between actor Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock in March, but big wins at Monday's Emmys could cement the service as one of the most reputable content providers in the streaming space.

The streamer, which has been around for less than three years, has earned 52 total Emmy nominations across 13 different titles in 2022. HBO and HBO Max notched 140 nominations combined and Netflix received 104.

Apple TV+'s breakout hit "Ted Lasso" is up again for Outstanding Comedy Series, while its new show "Severance" is on the ballot for Outstanding Drama Series. Competition in both categories is steep, in part because of new entrants like Netflix's "Squid Game," Showtime's "Yellowjackets" and ABC's "Abbot Elementary." This is also the last year of eligibility for AMC's "Better Call Saul" and Netflix's "Ozark."

Earlier this year, Apple TV+ won the Best Picture award at the Oscars for "CODA," marking the first time a streaming platform got the top prize. Troy Kotsur, who starred in the film, also became the first deaf man to win an Oscar for acting.

– Sarah Whitten

How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards without cable

The 74rd Emmy Awards are set to kick off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

For those that wish to tune into the annual awards show, but don't have cable, there are plenty of options.

The ceremony will be available to stream on:

  • Peacock
  • Hulu with Live TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • Fubo TV
  • DirecTV Stream

– Sarah Whitten

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