Emmys 2024: Succession among early winners

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Emmys 2024: Succession among early winners

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British actor Matthew Macfadyen, who starred in Succession, is among early winners at the Emmy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles.

Macfadyen took home best supporting actor in a drama series, while Jesse Armstrong won the prize for best writing of a drama series

In his acceptance speech, Macfadyen said it was “a great honour” and thanked “the entire Succession family”.

Other winners included The Bear, White Lotus and Abbott Elementary.

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Macfadyen joked: “I must make special mention to my on-screen wife Sarah Snook, and my other on-screen wife Nicholas Braun.”

Braun plays Cousin Greg in Succession, and the two characters’ relationship was a favourite with viewers.

“Acting with you has been one of the most wonderful things in my career, thank you Nick, thank you Sarah,” Macfadyen added.

Armstrong, the British screenwriter who created Succession, also scooped the top prize for writing in a drama series.

Succession, the critically acclaimed series about a media mogul and the power struggles between his dysfunctional family, concluded last year after four seasons.

In Armstrong’s speech, he referred back to that plotline, saying: “And for some reason, the name of a certain Australia-born media mogul, Rupert Murdoch springs to mind.”

Quinta Brunson at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California

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The Bear won three acting prizes, for its star Jeremy Allen White, and supporting actors Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

Accepting his award, White said: “I am so full of gratitude to be standing in front of you all – I love this show so much, it filled me up, set a fire in me.”

Edebiri’s win marks the third award she has won in 10 days, following similar prizes at the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards.

She told the audience she was “so incredibly grateful for so many reasons”.

“This is a show 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,” she said.

Quinta Brunson won the prize for best leading comedy actress for her role in school-based series Abbott Elementary.

In an emotional speech, Brunson said she was “so happy to be able to live my dream and act out comedy”.

Jennifer Coolidge at the Emmy Awards

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Jennifer Coolidge was named best supporting drama actress for her role in privilege satire The White Lotus.

In her acceptance speech, Coolidge joked that she wanted to “thank all the evil gays” – a reference to her storyline in the second season of The White Lotus.

Niecy Nash-Betts won best supporting actress in a limited series for Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

She said: “I accept this award on behalf of every black and brown woman who has gone unheard yet over policed – like Glenda Cleveland, like Sandra Bland, like Breonna Taylor.

Cleveland, who Nash-Betts plays in the series, was the woman who alerted the police about the serial killer.

The Emmys ceremony has been delayed by four months due to the Hollywood strikes.

Nominations were announced in July and the ceremony was originally scheduled for September, but the writers’ and actors’ strikes meant very few nominees would have been able to attend.

The ceremony is being hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson.

And industry rumours suggest this year’s Emmys could feature a tribute to Matthew Perry from his five Friends co-stars, although nothing has been confirmed.

Perry died in October at the age of 54, which a coroner later said was an accident caused by the “acute effects of ketamine”.

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There are so many categories at the Emmy Awards that many prizes have already been handed out at an event called the Creative Arts Emmys, which itself was split over two nights.

This year’s Creative Arts Emmys event took place earlier this month and included categories for unscripted programmes, guest actors, and technical achievements such as sound, hair, costumes, casting and visual effects.

The Last of Us was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmys, taking home eight prizes, followed by documentary Welcome To Wrexham, which won five.

The enforced delay means many of the programmes being recognised will feel a little old to audiences – the ceremony covers series that aired between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023.

For example, despite The Crown’s sixth and final series being released late last year, it is the fifth series that is nominated at the Emmys.

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