Two heavyweights shared the honors at the Emmy Awards on Monday: HBO’s juggernaut “Succession” was voted best drama series, while the South Korean series “Squid Game” made competition history with a best actor award for its main interpreter, Lee Jung-jae. Playing off the title of his programme, ‘Succession’ creator Jesse Armstrong remarked that it was a ‘holy week’ for Dynasties, alluding to the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England and the arrival on the throne of his son.
“Obviously, there were a few more votes for our accession (to the throne) than for that of Prince Charles,” he joked. Already rewarded with the major trophy in 2020, this black and grating chronicle of a powerful family which is torn to take control of a media empire (uncannily resembling that of billionaire Rupert Murdoch), also won three other awards this year. , in particular for its screenplay and that of the best supporting role, awarded to Matthew Macfadyen.
Despite its 25 nominations, the American program had to share the spotlight with the South Korean phenomenon “Squid Game”, a dark and violent denunciation of the excesses of capitalism, in which destitute people kill each other during cruel children’s games with the hope to win millions.
Produced by Netflix, this global success has won six awards, and in particular has written a new page in the history of the Emmy Awards, equivalent to the Oscars of American television, thanks to the award for best actor in a drama series awarded to its star. principal, Lee Jung-jae.
A first for an interpreter playing in a language other than English. The series thus confirms the growing success of South Korean cinema in Hollywood: in 2020, “Parasite” by director Bong Joon-ho won the Oscar for best film. Rewarded for his achievement, the mastermind behind “Squid Game”, Hwang Dong-hyuk was very honored.
“I don’t think I wrote a page of history myself, because it was you who opened the doors to + Squid Game +”, launched the director.
“We made history together and I really hope +Squid Game+ won’t be the last Korean series at the Emmys.”
In the drama genre, actress Zendaya cemented her status as Hollywood’s newest darling, winning Best Actress for her role as a drug-addicted teenage girl in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’, as in 2020. The hilarious series’ Ted Lasso” (Apple TV +) also re-entered as best comedy of the year, after his victory in 2021. Jason Sudeikis, who plays an American football coach parachuted into an English football team, also won the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy.
Among the mini-series, “The White Lotus”, which tackles the ambient hypocrisy of a Hawaiian luxury hotel, dominated the evening with 10 awards, including that of the best production of the genre – which brings together the series of a single season. Michael Keaton for his part received the Emmy for best actor in this category, for his role in “Dopesick”, a mini-series which examines the murderous addiction of the United States to opioids.
Far from the sudden slap given by Will Smith to presenter Chris Rock during the last Oscars, the return of the Emmys to a theater (a first since the pandemic), hosted by comedian Kenan Thompson, took place without great surprise.
– Best Drama Series –
– Best Comedy –
– Best Actor in a Drama Series –
Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game”
– Best Actress in a Drama Series –
– Best actor in a series, comedy –
Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”
– Best Actress in a Series, Comedy –
Jean Smart, “Hacks”
– Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series –
Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”
– Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series –
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
– Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Comedy –
Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”
– Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Comedy –
Sheryl Lee Ralph, “Abbott Elementary”
– Best Miniseries –
“The White Lotus”
– Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie –
Michael Keaton, “Dopesick”
– Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie –
Amanda Seyfried, “The Dropout”