‘Succession’, ‘Ted Lasso’ repeated as top Emmy winners

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Media dynasty drama “Succession” and feel-good comedy “Ted Lasso” scooped top Emmy awards on Monday, and a “Squid Game” actor snagged a major acting award as Hollywood handed out TV’s top honors.

“Succession” was named Best Drama Series, an award the HBO show won in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted its production schedule. The show, which won four trophies in total, tells the story of the wealthy and stabbing Roy family as they fight for power.

The Apple TV+ (AAPL.O) series “Ted Lasso” was also a repeat winner, claiming best comedy for the second year in a row for its story of an American football manager leading a British football team. . Its stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein won Best Comedy Actor and Supporting Actor for a second time.

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Likewise, voters honored “Euphoria” star Zendaya as Best Drama Actress and “Hacks” Jean Smart as Best Comedic Actress. It was the second victory for each in these categories.

A newcomer to break through was Lee Jung-jae, who was nominated Best Dramatic Actor for his role in the South Korean thriller “Squid Game.” The dystopian tale of cash-strapped contestants risking their lives for riches became a global sensation after it was released on Netflix (NFLX.O) a year ago.

The actor thanked the team behind “Squid Game” for “bringing to life realistic problems that we all have to deal with so creatively on screen.”

The most popular show of the evening was HBO’s “The White Lotus”. It won 10 awards, including Best Limited Series and acting trophies for Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett. Those wins helped HBO and streaming service HBO Max lead all other networks with 38 honors overall.

Host and ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Kenan Thompson kept a celebratory tone throughout the show, saying it was time to enjoy one of the world’s favorite pastimes.

“What would we do without television, reading books?” he joked, before attaching dance numbers to theme songs ranging from classic sitcom “Friends” to current sci-fi hit “Stranger Things.”

Winners have largely avoided politics or world events. One exception was ‘Succession’ creator Jesse Armstrong, who joked it was a big week for ‘Successions’, referring to King Charles taking the British throne after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. .

“I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than him. We’ll leave that to other people,” Armstrong said.

British actor ‘Lasso’ Goldstein, who plays foul-mouthed but soft-hearted footballing legend Roy Kent, said he will try not to swear after his profanity remarks were cut short in Britain during his win last year, preventing his family from hearing them.

Then he added, “Mom, Dad…I fucking love you.”

Singer Lizzo won an Emmy Award for the competition series for “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.” The musician said that as a little girl she always wanted television to show “someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me”.

“I’m gonna go back and say something to a little Lizzo…you’re gonna be that person,” she said.

Among other winners, Michael Keaton was nominated for a lead actor in a limited series for playing a small-town doctor who becomes addicted to painkillers in “Dopesick.”

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Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Danielle Broadway; Additional reporting by Tim Reid and Dawn Chmielewski; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Stephen Coates

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