It’s safe to say that the January awards season got off to a very rocky start with the Golden Globes, after “comedian” Jo Koy delivered one of the most painfully unfunny hosting gigs to ever grace an awards show stage. Thankfully, after a run of better hosted award shows, the Emmys also ran smoothly, honouring legends and newcomers alike. Big winners of the night included The Bear and Succession, with six wins each, as well as Netflix’s Beef. Specifically, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun were named best actor and actress for their respective roles in the road rage-inspired limited series. Sir Elton John also won his first Emmy Award at this year's ceremony, meaning the industry icon finally received EGOT status.
Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfadyen all took home acting awards for their roles in Succession, whilst the show also won best drama series after its four-season run recently concluded. Creator Jesse Armstrong, who is also known for his shows Fresh Meat and Peep Show, said that it was “a great sadness to end the show, but it was a great pleasure to do it”. Culkin had beaten fellow Succession stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong in the best drama actor category, whilst Snook beat other actresses such as Melanie Lynskey and Elizabeth Moss. Elsewhere, comedy-drama series The Bear won three acting prizes, namely for Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. In her acceptance speech, Edebiri told the audience that the show is “about found family and real family, and my parents are here tonight - thank you so much for loving me and letting me feel beautiful and black and proud of all of that.” Other winners on the night included The White Lotus, where Jennifer Coolidge won best supporting drama actress and thanked “all the evil gays”, a reference to the latest installment of the series. Moreover, Quinta Brunson won the prize for best leading actress for her role in Abbott Elementary and the Governor's Award went to GLAAD, a non-profit organisation which focuses on ensuring fair and accurate media representations of the LGBTQ+ community. The ceremony also featured a performance from Charlie Puth, who performed the theme song from Friends as the awards remembered those who died in the past year, including Matthew Perry.
Several winners, including Snook, Culkin, Edebiri, and White won their prizes just a week after picking up the equivalent trophies at the Golden Globes. Whilst all of the recipients are incredibly deserving of their awards, it does feel incredibly disappointing that the immensely talented Bob Odenkirk did not win best leading drama actor for his role in Better Call Saul. Despite masterfully portraying the three identities of character Jimmy McGill, Odenkirk was once again snubbed. Indeed, after six seasons, the show received 53 nominations over the course of its run but won absolutely nothing. It is lucky that legacies aren’t defined by award shows, after all both Odenkirk and Better Call Saul will be remembered as providing sophisticated, thrilling and completely heartbreaking moments throughout its entire run.