HBO surpasses rival Netflix and reclaims its Emmy crown with Succession, White Lotus wins

Published 13 Sep, 2022 11:43am

The network accumulated 140 nominations compared to the streaming service's 105.

<p>Photo: Reuters</p>

Photo: Reuters

The dysfunctional dynasty of Succession, the teen drama Euphoria and a comedy series set in the fictional White Lotus resort helped propel HBO to the top of the Emmy Awards heap Monday, surpassing streaming rival Netflix.

The Warner Bros Discovery division entered the night with the most nominations of any network or streaming service, with a total of 140 nominations for HBO and its companion online offering, HBO Max.

The network came away with 38 Emmy Awards, including outstanding anthology series for The White Lotus, best drama series for Succession, lead actor in a drama series for Euphoria star Zendaya, and lead comedy actor for Hacks star Jean Smart, who portrays a standup comedian.

Netflix received a total of 105 nominations, including 14 for the South Korean drama Squid Game, the first non-English language series to be nominated for a primetime Emmy. The streaming pioneer won 26 awards, including milestones for Squid Game director, Hwang Dong-hyuk, and the drama’s lead actor, Lee Jung-jae, who are the first Asian winners in their respective categories.

The embattled streaming service, which has lost subscribers this year amid intensifying competition, became a butt of jokes early in the show, as host Kenan Thompson drew a comedic parallel between Netflix and the popular show.

“Squid Game is a contest you enter when you’re in massive debt and desperate for money,“ Thompson dead-panned. “Joining the cast next season? Netflix.”

Ted Lasso, the acclaimed comedy series about an American coach of a fictional English football team, and the dystopian office drama series Severance helped bring Apple’s Apple TV+ a total of 52 Emmy nominations.

Apple walked away with six Emmys, including awards for Ted Lasso as best comedy and for best actor in a comedy, Jason Sudeikis, the show’s creator, who portrays the title character.

Walt Disney Co collected 117 nominations across its various platforms, including the ABC, FX and National Geographic television networks and the streaming services Disney+ and Hulu.

It received a total of 26 Emmys, including for lead actor in a limited series awarded to Michael Keaton for his portrayal of a small-town doctor coping with the opioid crisis in Dopesick, Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos Inc. who was later convicted of fraud, in The Dropout, and Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson for outstanding writing for a comedy series.

The Emmy awards, the highest honors in television, were handed out at a live ceremony in downtown Los Angeles on Monday.

Below is a list of winners in key categories.

Best drama series

Succession

Best comedy series

Ted Lasso

Best limited or anthology series

The White Lotus

Best comedy actor (male)

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best comedy actor (female)

Jean Smart, Hacks

Best drama actor (male)

Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Best drama actor (female)

Zendaya, Euphoria

Best actor, limited series or movie (male)

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Best actor, limited series or movie (female)

Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout