Mia Lubrani | Staff Writer
Sept. 15, 2022
The 2022 Emmys took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday.
Kenan Thompson, a cast member of Saturday Night Live, hosted the award show, warming hearts and providing a comedic atmosphere for all. He made jokes about Leonardo DiCaprio’s awkward dating habits and danced to remixed songs.
Some fan favorites like “Succession”, “Ted Lasso” and “The White Lotus” won top awards for Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series and Best Limited or Anthology Series, respectively. Mike White, the director and writer for “The White Lotus,” got two awards for the show.
Some of the best moments of the night included Lizzo winning an Emmy for “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” and Sheryl Lee Ralph giving an enlightening speech after showing off her impressive singing skills. Ralph won Outstanding Performing Actress in a Comedy Series.
“Squid Game” also dominated the award show this year — being nominated for five awards and making many historical firsts. “Squid Game” is the first South Korean series and first non-English television series to win at the awards. Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of the series, won the drama directing Emmy as the first Asian and Korean person to win the award.
Lee Jung-jae, the lead actor of “Squid Games,” also won the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama. This was a historic win, being that Jung-jae was the first actor from a non-English show to win the award.
Zendaya won best actress in a drama series for her captivating performance as Rue in “Euphoria.” She is now the youngest person to ever win Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series twice. Zendaya is also the first Black woman to win twice in the category. Her speech also called attention to all those who see themselves in her character “Rue,” and she expressed her appreciation to represent such strong individuals.
She said, “I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are Rue, I want you to know that I’m so grateful for your stories, and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her.”