Last Monday the 74th Emmy Awards aired at 8 pm eastern time and an estimated 5.9 million people tuned in to watch. Hosted by SNL’s Kenan Thompson, it was an eventful night with many speeches that either left an impact or offered comedic relief. Some of the night’s biggest names included Zendaya, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Lee Jung-Jae along with the shows “Ted Lasso,” “The White Lotus,” and “Succession.”
September 12th, 2022, was definitely a date for many award winners to remember. Netflix’s “Squid Games” star, Lee Jung-Jae would become the first Asian actor to win an Emmy for leading actor in a drama, and only the fourth Asian actor to win an Emmy. Another award-winning drama stole the spotlight when Zendaya won an Emmy for lead actress in “Euphoria.” She became the first black woman to do so and the youngest two-time Emmy winner in Emmy history.
Sheryl Lee Ralph’s speech would be one of the most emotional highlights of the night. Winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Abbott Elementary,” her speech touched the hearts of many people on a personal level. Holding onto her first Emmy, she said, “anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought that your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like. This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever, give up on you.”
September 12th will definitely go down in Emmy history, and many are excited to see what is in store for the next Emmys. Will “Ted Lasso” win an Emmy for best comedy series for the third year in a row? Only time will tell, and before long, more records will surely be broken at the 75th Emmys.