Creating history in the Primetime Emmy Awards 2022, Zendaya becomes the first black woman to win Best Actress in a Lead Role in a drama series. The actor was awarded for her performance in HBO’s American teen drama series Euphoria. She played a recovering drug addict, in the series, who struggles to find her place in the world.
Zendaya also became the youngest two-time winner of any Emmy in history.
The 74th annual Emmy Awards was telecast on NBC in a three-hour long show on Monday, September 12, 2022, that witnessed several repeat winners along with some making history.
Lee Jung-Jae became the first Asian actor ever to win the Best Lead Actor in a drama series, and the fourth Asian person ever to win an acting Emmy for his performance in the Netflix series Squid Game. The show’s Hwang Dong-hyuk also became the first Asian director to win the drama series category and the first-ever director to win for a non-English language series. The Abbott Elementary creator and star Quinta Brunson won for comedy series writing.
The Best Comedy Series Award was bagged by Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso for the second year in a row while HBO Max’s The White Lotus took the Top Limited Series awards. However, HBO’s Succession grabbed the highest honour of the night with the Outstanding Drama Series award.
The Best Lead Actors in a Comedy Series Award was bagged by Jean Smart for Hacks and Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso. The Best Lead Actors in a Limited Series or Movie was won by Amanda Seyfried for The Dropout and Michael Keaton for Dopesick.
While the Best Supporting Actors in a Drama Series went to Matthew Macfadyen for Succession and Julia Garner for Ozark. Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge won the Best Supporting Actors in a Limited Series or Movie for The White Lotus. The Best Supporting Actors Awards in a Comedy Series went to Sheryl Lee Ralph for ABC’s Abbott Elementary and Brett Goldstein won for the second time in a row for Ted Lasso. Ralph also made history by becoming the second black person to win in the category after Jackee Harry for 227 in 1987.
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