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The White Lotus Wins Big While Ted Lasso and Succession Defend Titles at 2022 Emmys

TV’s biggest night (that isn’t a Game of Thrones premiere). Photo: Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards aired on NBC on Monday, September 12, and this year’s entry was historic. Abbott Elementary’s creator and star, Quinta Brunson, is the first Black woman to earn three comedy nominations in the same year and the youngest Black woman to ever compete in the comedy-acting category at 32 years old. Squid Game, whose Emmys glory felt written in the stars, became the first non-English show to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama, while Succession’s 14 acting nominations wiped the floor with all the other shows’ acting nods for a whole new record. HBO led the pack with 140 nods, up from last year’s 130, and it’s the 20th time the network has received the most Emmy nominations of any network or streamer in a single year. Netflix arrived at a distant second with 104 nominations. Hulu — home of Only Murders in the Building and The Handmaid’s Tale — more than doubled its honors since last year, earning 58 nods in this year’s ceremony.

When everything was all said and done, the limited-series race quickly turned into the White Lotus show, with the HBO drama earning Emmys for limited series, directing, writing, and acting. Ted Lasso and Succession, which were shoo-ins from the beginning, went home with multiple honors apiece, while Abbott Elementary and Squid Game were edged out for the night’s big awards. Sheryl Lee Ralph’s long-overdue acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her turn in Abbott was the clear highlight of the night (someone get that woman a motivational-speech gig stat!) along with the historic wins for Brunson (for writing) and Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae and director Hwang Dong-hyuk. Meanwhile, Zendaya earned her second Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Euphoria. Well, folks, that’s another Emmys on the books. Below, the full winners list.

Governors Award
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Squid Game
Stranger Things

Outstanding Comedy Series
Abbott Elementary
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Only Murders in the Building
Ted Lasso
What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series 
The Dropout
Inventing Anna
Pam & Tommy
The White Lotus

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Brian Cox, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show 
Zendaya, Euphoria

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Issa Rae, Insecure
Jean Smart, Hacks

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
Colin Firth, The Staircase
Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
Michael Keaton, Dopesick
Himesh Patel, Station Eleven
Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
Toni Collette, The Staircase
Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
Lily James, Pam & Tommy
Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: An American Crime Story
Margaret Qualley, Maid
Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Park Hae-soo, Squid Game
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
John Turturro, Severance
Christopher Walken, Severance
Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus
Jake Lacy, The White Lotus
Peter Sarsgaard, Dopesick
Michael Stuhlbarg, Dopesick
Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy
Steve Zahn, The White Lotus

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette, Severance
Julia Garner, Ozark
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 Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie
Connie Britton, The White Lotus
Jennifer Coolidge, 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
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
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Sarah Niles, Ted Lasso
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Thomas Schnauz, “Plan and Execution,” Better Call Saul
Chris Mundy, “A Hard Way to Go,” Ozark
Dan Erickson, “The We We Are,” Severance
Hwang Dong-hyuk, “One Lucky Day,” Squid Game
Jesse Armstrong, “All the Bells Say,” Succession
Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson, “F Sharp,” Yellowjackets
Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson, “Pilot,” Yellowjackets

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Quinta Brunson, “Pilot,” Abbott Elementary
Duffy Boudreau, “710N,” Barry
Alec Berg, Bill Hader, “starting now,” Barry
Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, “The One, The Only,” Hacks
Steve Martin, John Hoffman, “True Crime,” Only Murders in the Building
Jane Becker, “No Weddings and a Funeral,” Ted Lasso
Sarah Naftalis, “The Casino,” What We Do in the Shadows
Stefani Robinson, “The Wellness Center,” What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie
Danny Strong, “The People vs. Purdue Pharma,” Dopesick
Elizabeth Meriwether, “I’m in a Hurry,” The Dropout
Sarah Burgess, “Man Handled,” Impeachment: American Crime Story
Molly Smith Metzler, “Snaps,” Maid
Patrick Somerville, “Unbroken Circle,” Station Eleven
Mike White, The White Lotus

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Ali Wong, Ali Wong: Don Wong
Ian Berger, Devin Delliquanti, Jennifer Flanz, Jordan Klepper, Zhubin Parang, and Scott Sherman, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers The Globe - Hungary For Democracy
Jerrod Carmichael, Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel 
Nicole Byer, Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)
Norm Macdonald, Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, “A Hard Way To Go,” Ozark
Ben Stiller, “The We We Are,” Severance
Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Red Light, Green Light,” Squid Game
Mark Mylod, “All The Bells Say,” Succession
Cathy Yan, “The Disruption,” Succession
Lorene Scafaria, “Too Much Birthday,” Succession
Karyn Kusama, “Pilot,” Yellowjackets

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Hiro Murai, “New Jazz,” Atlanta
Alec Berg and Bill Hader, “710N,” Barry
Lucia Aniello, “There Will Be Blood,” Hacks
Mary Lou Belli, “Baby Daddy Groundhog Day,” The Ms. Pat Show
Cherien Dabis, “The Boy from 6B,” Only Murders in the Building
Jamie Babbit, “True Crime,” Only Murders in the Building
MJ Delaney, “No Weddings and a Funeral,” Ted Lasso

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie
Danny Strong, “The People vs. Purdue Pharma,” Dopesick
Michael Showalter, “Green Juice,” The Dropout
Francesca Gregorini, “Iron Sisters,” The Dropout
John Wells, “Sky Blue,” Maid
Hiro Murai, “Wheel of Fire,” Station Eleven
Mike White, The White Lotus

The White Lotus Wins Big at the 2022 Emmy Awards