Television's biggest night was one to remember as the 74th annual Emmy Awards paid tribute to some of the hottest shows from the last year. Comedian Kenan Thompson was the master of ceremonies presiding over some familiar winners, but it was also an epic night for the few first-time Emmy recipients.
The evening was a pretty big deal for HBO and its streaming twin, HBO Max. Together, the platforms snagged 38 statues, including 10 wins for The White Lotus and six trophies for the hit series Euphoria. Zendaya made history by becoming the first Black woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series twice. She's also the youngest two-time Emmy winner in history.
With a career that spans four decades, it was a very special night for Sheryl Lee Ralph. Not only was it her first time being invited to the ceremony, it was the first time in her illustrious career that she was even nominated. Ralph took home the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her work in ABC's Abbott Elementary and became just the second Black woman to win the award after Jackée Harry won it for 227 in 1987. The show's creator Quinta Brunson also collected the Emmy for best comedy series writing.
The night wasn't too shabby for streaming giant Netflix, either. The platform racked up 26 awards, which was a slump from last year's 44. Still, the streamer had the second-most awards of the night and was pushed by shows like Stranger Things, Love on the Spectrum, and Squid Game. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk became the first Asian director to win the award for best drama series. He was the first director to win for a non-English language series and was joined by Lee Jung-jae, his lead, who also won for best actor in a drama series, the first South Korean performer to receive the statuette in the category.
Let's just get right to it. Better Call Saul walking away empty handed again was one of the major snubs of the night, especially after Bob Odenkirk nearly died playing Saul Goodman and for what? At least the Emmy awards have been consistent with this show. It has received 46 nominations over the course of eight years but has never been honored with an Emmy. How surprised do you think the Breaking Bad showrunners are?
Here at Cheddar, Issa Rae has become an office favorite after swooping in and making us laugh weekly with her HBO show Insecure. She was nominated for lead actress in a comedy series but was bested by Jean Smart of Hacks (Ed. note: We love Hacks, too.).
Ozark had our Twitter timelines in a frenzy earlier this year, so much so that it seemed like a shoo-in for a trophy on television's biggest night, but that was not the case. The crime-drama was up for several awards, including best drama series and best writing for a drama series. However, fan favorite Julia Garner, who played Ruth in the series, was the only one to take home a trophy, winning the award for best supporting actress in drama series.