Emmys explained: Why did ‘The White Lotus,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘Succession’ dominate? (2023)

The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday night, September 12, during a live ceremony that broadcast on NBC. Awards were presented in 25 categories, including the top acting and program awards for dramas, comedies, and limited series. So who were the winners and what were the big takeaways? Scroll down for our minute-by-minute live recap of who won, who upset, and who made history, updated throughout the night.

HBO’s corporate drama “Succession” came into these awards with the most nominations for any program in any genre (25). That included 14 nominations for acting, more than any other series has ever received in a single year. It was followed by the Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” with 20 nominations including Best Comedy Series, which it won last year. HBO’s limited series “The White Lotus” also had 20 nominations.

But these 25 awards were only a fraction of the total awards that were presented by the Television Academy. On the weekend of September 3 and September 4 the Creative Arts Awards took place with trophies handed out in 93 categories, honoring the best in variety, documentary, reality, and animated programming, plus the most outstanding behind the scenes crafts achievements. Those awards can be indicative of which shows have the most support overall.

Five programs came out of Creative Arts weekend with five wins apiece: the concert special “Adele: One Night Only,” the music documentary “The Beatles: Get Back,” and scripted shows “Euphoria,” “Stranger Things,” and the aforementioned “White Lotus.” Notably, “Ted Lasso” was shut out of those preliminary awards while “Succession” won a sole trophy for its casting, but that might have been crucial as the casting awards often foretell which programs will win top series prizes.

So did “White Lotus” continue its winning streak? Did “Ted Lasso” make a comeback? And did “Succession” get on top for the second time after its Best Drama Series victory in 2020? Follow along below to find out.

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8:09pmBEST MOVIE/LIMITED ACTOR — First award of the night goes to Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”). This is the second Emmy for “Dopesick” this year and the first of Keaton’s career. He previously won the SAG Award for his role as a determined doctor facing the opiod crisis. He was the heavy favorite to win this, and he’s especially lucky that there were no leads on “The White Lotus” since that show is predicted to win everything it’s up for tonight.

8:13pmBEST MOVIE/LIMITED SUPPORTING ACTORMurray Bartlett wins his first Emmy on his first nomination for “The White Lotus.” This was another widely predicted outcome. This is the first win of the night for the limited series, but it won five times at the Creative Arts Awards, so it’s up to six overall with four more categories to go. On a personal note, I’m thrilled for any accolades for an alum from the wildly underrated “Looking.” Justice!

8:28pmBEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTORMatthew Macfadyen wins for “Succession.” This is a category where “Succession” was favored to win, but our odds were leaning towards Kieran Culkin instead. Culkin had earned a SAG Award nomination, so he seemed to have an edge with members of the industry. But we did have Macfadyen ranked second in our odds, so we knew this was in the realm of possibility.

8:31pmBEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS Julia Garner wins for the third time for “Ozark,” as our odds were predicting. It’s the first win for “Ozark” this year, and the third win for Garner in this role. She’s the only actor from the show who has won an Emmy … so far. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are also nominees tonight for the Netflix show’s final season.

8:40pmBEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS — The biggest upset of the night so far, Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”) claims this prize in a field that included front-runner Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), plus top contenders Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”) and her costar Janelle James. We had her ranked fourth. We underestimated the support from Ralph, a veteran of the industry who finally earned her first ever nomination for her role on “Abbott” as a veteran public school teacher.

8:47pmBEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTORBrett Goldstein wins this award for the second year in a row for “Ted Lasso.” He was the front-runner in our odds, but it that didn’t seem quite so sure because “Lasso” hadn’t won anything this year up to this point. I was shut out at the Creative Arts Awards, so at the very least this keeps the show away from a huge shutout. But it also keeps the door open for the show to repeat for Best Comedy Series. This year’s comedy races are so close that winning the top award and getting shutout seemed equally plausible.

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8:54pmBEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES — “Saturday Night Live” wins for the sixth year in a row. This was predicted by our odds, but I actually thought “A Black Lady Sketch Show” would get this since “SNL” didn’t win a single award at last week’s Creative Arts Awards, the first time that has happened since 2006. This was the first and only award the show won this year.

8:59pmBEST VARIETY TALK SERIES — Speaking of repeat winners, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” takes this prize for the seventh year in a row. The variety categories tend towards lengthy dynasties (just ask “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”). What will it take to end these reigns?

9:10pmBEST MOVIE/LIMITED SUPPORTING ACTRESSJennifer Coolidge wins for “The White Lotus” on her first nomination. She was the overwhelming favorite in our odds, but she had to overcome potential vote-splitting with four other nominated cast members from the limited series. That’s seven wins for “The White Lotus” this year so far with three categories to go for the HBO.

9:14pmBEST MOVIE/LIMITED ACTRESSAmanda Seyfried prevails for her performance as notorious con woman Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout.” She was our favorite to win even though she was the only actor nominated for her series. But this win is also significant because she is now the first and only actress to beat Julia Garner for an Emmy thus far.

9:21pmBEST COMPETITION PROGRAMAnother big upset tonight: “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” beats “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which had won this award for the last four years in a row. We ranked “Big Grrrls” fourth in our odds, but this nevertheless seemed like a distinct possibility because at the Creative Arts Awards “Big Grrrls” won awards for directing and picture editing, showing surprising strength against “Drag Race.”

9:38pmBEST MOVIE/LIMITED DIRECTING and BEST MOVIE/LIMITED WRITING — Veteran writer-director Mike White prevails in both categories for “The White Lotus.” He won for writing and directing the entire season, as was widely predicted, while his rivals were nominated for individual episodes, which always helps. It also helps just to be “The White Lotus” at these awards. The show has now won four prizes tonight and nine prizes overall.

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9:51pmBEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITINGJerrod Carmichael wins for “Rothaniel,” and he’s accepting the award shirtless in a fur coat. I’m here for it. He was the favorite in our odds. It likely helped how deeply personal the comedy special was for him. He came out as gay as part of the special. Other personal projects have won here including Patton Oswalt‘s “Talking for Clapping,” Hannah Gadsby‘s “Nanette,” and Bo Burnham‘s “Inside.”

10:05pmBEST COMEDY ACTORJason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) holds on to win for the second year in a row, overtaking the odds-on favorite, Bill Hader (“Barry”). This category was a tough call. Hader had won twice before without losing, and Sudeikis won last year, but they had never competed against each other until now since “Barry” had been on hiatus for several years.

10:09pmBEST COMEDY WRITINGQuinta Brunson prevails for penning the pilot episode of “Abbott Elementary.” She’s also nominated tonight for acting and producing on the show. She was the favorite in our odds, but she had to overcome last year’s winner, “Hacks,” which is a show all about comedy writing in a category voted on by comedy writers. That’s a big vote of confidence in “Abbott Elementary.” With two wins tonight for “Ted Lasso” and two for “Abbott,” it’s looking like a two-way race for Best Comedy at the moment.

10:16pmBEST DRAMA DIRECTINGHwang Dong-hyuk wins for helming the “Squid Game” premiere episode “Red Light, Green Light,” the favorite in our odds. He’s the writer and director of the entire series, so it’s gratifying to see him collect an Emmy for the show that already won four times at Creative Arts. “Squid Game” continues to make history for non-English language programs at the Emmys.

10:20pmBEST DRAMA ACTRESSZendaya wins her second award in this category for “Euphoria.” Two years ago she made history as the youngest winner ever in the category at age 24. Now she’s also the second youngest winner in the category at age 26. And “Euphoria” has now won six Emmys this year, which is as many nominations as the show had in its first season.

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10;26pmBEST COMEDY ACTRESSOne of the heaviest favorites of the night, Jean Smart wins for “Hacks” for the second year in a row. Combined with its Creative Arts Awards, it has now won three times this year. This is Smart’s fifth career victory. She has actually never lost a comedy award at the Emmys.

10:30pmBEST COMEDY DIRECTING — Another surprise! MJ Delaney prevails for “Ted Lasso” for the episode “No Weddings and a Funeral” despite being ranked fourth in our odds. “Ted Lasso” was nominated multiple times for this award last year but lost to “Hacks,” possibly due in part to vote-splitting between its nominated helmers. This time “Ted Lasso” had only one episode nominated, so all of its support was consolidated around one director. This continues the night’s close race between “Abbott Elementary” and “Ted Lasso” for Best Comedy Series. They’ve split all the comedy awards so far except for Best Comedy Actress to “Hacks.”

10:39pmBEST DRAMA WRITINGJesse Armstrong wins yet again for “Succession,” for the third season finale “All the Bells Say.” He has now won three times for three season finales. He has yet to lose after three seasons of “Succession,” which has now won two awards tonight and three this year overall.

10:42pmBEST DRAMA ACTORLee Jung-jae wins for “Squid Game” on his first nomination after winning the SAG Award for his performance. He was our favorite in the category, but he was up against two stars from “Succession,” Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong, the latter of whom won two years ago. It’s another historic moment as this is the first win in the category for a foreign-language performance and the sixth award for the show so far this year. Since it has won twice as many awards as “Succession” so far, could this be the real front-runner for Best Drama Series?

10:48pmBEST LIMITED SERIES — The sweep is complete: “The White Lotus” goes five-for-five tonight, taking this last prize. It has won 10 awards overall this year, which locks it in as the most awarded program of the year.

10:51pmBEST COMEDY SERIES — Believe! “Ted Lasso” ekes out its second straight victory in this category. It seemed like the heavy favorite earlier this season when it got 20 Emmy nominations, but its shutout at last week’s Creative Arts Awards made this a real nail-biter. “Abbott Elementary” seemed to be coming on strong. “Hacks,” “Barry,” and “Only Murders in the Building” also had impressive showings this year. It may have been the closest race of the year. “Ted Lasso” ends the season with four victories, all won tonight.

11:00pmBEST DRAMA SERIES — “Succession” holds on to win its third trophy of the night and its fourth overall this year counting its Best Casting victory at Creative Arts. It came into these awards as by far the most nominated show with 25 bids including an unprecedented 14 for acting. This is its second victory for Best Drama Series following its win in 2020 for its second season.

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What did succession win at the Emmys? ›

“Succession,” HBO's portrait of a dysfunctional media dynasty, won best drama at the 74th Emmy Awards on Monday night, the second time the series has taken the prize. Jesse Armstrong, the show's creator, also took home the Emmy for best writing, the third time he's won in that category.

What did White Lotus win at the Emmys? ›

HBO's The White Lotus has won the 2022 Emmy for best limited or anthology series. “I forgot to thank HBO my other speeches,” said The White Lotus writer-director Mike White, who earlier in the ceremony won Emmys for both writing and directing the anthology series.

Which network won the most Emmys 2022? ›

Emmy Awards: wins by network 2022

In September 2022, HBO and HBO Max took home 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, making it the leading network in this regard. Streaming service Netflix ranked second with 26 wins, followed by Hulu, Disney+, and Apple.

What network won the most Emmys? ›

Discovery Leads All Emmy Winners as HBO Tops Netflix.

Who presented the best drama series at the Emmys? ›

Selma Blair presented the award, garnering huge applause from the crowd as she walked onstage with a cane. Blair first announced that she'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, and made headlines last week with the news that she will join the season 31 cast of Dancing With the Stars.

Did the show Succession win any awards? ›


What does the ending of White Lotus mean? ›

The Real Meaning of The White Lotus's Ending

The show The White Lotus' season 1 ending is satire and is meant to be read as such. Lani disappears after episode 1 because after she's unable to work, she ceases to exist to the patrons around which the show is centered.

Did The White Lotus win any awards? ›

The White Lotus

How many awards did White Lotus Win? ›

Key Facts. The White Lotus won six awards including Outstanding Limited Series, more than any other show, followed by Ted Lasso (which won four trophies including Outstanding Comedy Series) and Succession (which won three awards including Outstanding Drama Series, after starting the night as the most-nominated show).

Did Ted Lasso win any Emmys? ›

“Ted Lasso” took home four wins at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, including back-to-back wins for Outstanding Comedy Series for both its first and second seasons.

Which TV show won the most Emmys this year Bing? ›

In terms of the Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy awards combined, HBO and HBO Max grabbed 37 trophies, while Netflix earned 26. HBO Max drama series “The White Lotus” grabbed the most overall wins with 10 Emmys.

Did Ted Lasso win any awards? ›

Ted Lasso

How many Emmys did Succession win last night? ›

“Succession,” which had the most nominations, with 25, took home awards for best drama and writing for a drama series, and Matthew Macfadyen took home the Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama.

Did Succession get any Emmy nominations? ›

Succession was the most nominated program at the Emmys this year with 25 nominations. The black comedy's third season saw Brian Cox's Logan Roy foil a plot by his children, played by Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook, with the help of Macfadyen's Tom Wambsgans. The season launched in October 2021.

How many Golden Globes did Succession win? ›

The 79th Golden Globes were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on January 9, 2022 with season three of Succession, for which alumnus Brysen Boyd '20 serves as a Writing Fellow, taking home three of the five awards it was nominated for.

How many Emmy nominations did Succession get? ›

“Succession,” the HBO dramedy about a feuding media dynasty, landed 25 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards on Tuesday, the biggest haul of any show.


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