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)
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The Television Academy spilled the beans at the 74th Annual Monday Night Emmy Awards, handing out 24 awards to more than a dozen different shows.
HBO’s “The White Lotus” won the most awards at the Primetime ceremony with five, including an Outstanding Limited Series. It was closely followed by AppleTV+’s “Ted Lasso,” which won four trophies, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
Emmy voters also honored titles such as Netflix’s “Squid Game” and ABC’s “Abbott Elementary.”
HBO had the most wins, winning 11 Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series for “Succession.” Its closest competitors were Disney and Apple, each with four wins. Netflix won three.
“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson hosted the ceremony on NBC and the Peacock streaming service from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
While the ceremony usually airs on Sundays, NBC also has the rights to broadcast National Football League games on Sunday nights, so it chose to present the honorees on Monday.
“The White Lotus,” powered by writer-director Mike White, won multiple awards. Other winners include 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 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, becoming the second black woman in Emmys history to win in the category. Jackee Harry won the award for “227″ in 1987. “Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk was the first South Korean to win best direction for a drama series. At 26, Zendaya, of “Euphoria,” is the youngest person to win Best Lead Actress twice.
Amanda Seyfried won the award for her portrayal of disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout.”
‘Succession’ earned 25 nominations, the most of any series, while HBO’s ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘The White Lotus’ each picked up 20 nominations. Closely followed 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 award a per-network award this year. Last year, there was a slight controversy over how the nominations were counted, as many networks also have streaming services. While it seemed appropriate to bundle network shows and streaming shows from the same company, some industry players felt they should be considered separate distributors.