It may have been four months late, but the Television Academy still knows how to throw a classy party.
The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards unfolded on Monday night, following a delay caused by last year’s actors and writers strikes. Despite the postponement, the post-strike ceremony maintained its charm.
Featuring deserving, albeit somewhat expected winners, genuine emotional moments, heartfelt speeches, and the amiable host Anthony Anderson, the Emmys successfully delivered a commendable broadcast. The event adhered to the schedule, avoided excessive awkwardness, and treated viewers to nostalgic reunions, such as the original “Grey’s Anatomy” cast coming together once again.
From the heartfelt reunions to the notable victories of “Succession,” “The Bear,” and “Beef” in the best drama, comedy, and limited series categories, respectively, the evening showcased a range of highs, lows, and everything in between. As we reflect on the nostalgia and celebrate the winners, mark your calendars for September when we anticipate returning for another round of Emmy excitement.
‘Succession’ sweeps it all! HBO’s media drama takes the top prize
With an impressive 27 nominations this year and a grand total of 75 over its four seasons, “Succession” bids a final farewell at the Emmys by clinching the top prize for best drama series. Jesse Armstrong, the show’s creator, humorously acknowledged its thematic depth, stating, “This is a show about family, but it’s also about when partisan news coverage gets intertwined with right-wing politics, and after four seasons, I understand that’s a problem we have fixed.”
The Roy family experienced a remarkable evening, securing six awards, paralleling the success of the winning comedy “The Bear.” Kieran Culkin, the endearing and emotional recipient of the best actor in a drama award for “Succession,” faced a charming wardrobe malfunction during his acceptance speech, playfully requesting another child from his wife since he won (eliciting a “maybe” response).
Co-star Sarah Snook, awarded for best actress, humorously reflected on the perks of acting while pregnant, noting it’s easy when you’re “full of hormones” (a sentiment many can relate to). While portraying seething, cynical, and scheming media moguls on HBO, the duo showcased their real-life sweetness, emerging as the most endearing recipients of the night.
‘The Bear’ tops off best comedy series win with a big kiss
FX’s tension-filled, yet oddly comedic series “The Bear” claimed the coveted top prize of the night in the comedy category. Stepping forward to represent the cast and producers was Matty Matheson, a series co-star and producer, who took a moment to acknowledge the restaurant industry.
In a lively and chaotic turn of events, Matheson received an enthusiastic smooch from his co-star, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who also secured the win for supporting actor. The moment echoed the spirited chaos reminiscent of a knife-flying episode from “The Bear.”
In Memoriam honors Norman Lear, Matthew Perry
Set to a slow, acoustic rendition of Charlie Puth’s poignant “See You Again,” the Television Academy paid tribute to those in the TV industry who passed away in the past year. This emotional segment commenced with the venerable producer Norman Lear and concluded with a heartfelt homage to “Friends” star Matthew Perry, accompanied by the sitcom’s iconic theme song, “I’ll Be There For You.” The tribute was undeniably tear-jerking, capturing a poignant moment of remembrance.
We have zero beef with all the ‘Beef’ wins for Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
Occasionally, awards shows manage to capture the essence of excellence, and it’s truly satisfying when deserving winners are recognized. Such was the case with Netflix’s “Beef,” undoubtedly the standout show of 2023 and one of the most distinctive series to grace television in recent years. The accolades for actors Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, along with director and writer Lee Sung Jin, were not only well-deserved but were accompanied by thoughtful and heartfelt speeches. Additionally, “Beef” rightfully claimed the title of the best limited series, making these wins a compelling reason to tune in and celebrate the recognition of outstanding talent in the industry.
GLAAD wins the Governor’s Award, highlights the importance of representation
“Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham and Colman Domingo radiated joy as they presented the esteemed Governors Award to GLAAD, an LGBTQ media advocacy organization dedicated to fostering realistic representation of the community on screen. During the presentation, President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis passionately urged the Hollywood community to include authentic portrayals of transgender individuals in their narratives. She emphasized, “More people claim to have met a ghost than know a transgender person,” highlighting the importance of increasing visibility and understanding through storytelling.
Elton John is finally an EGOT
Looks like Elton John might have a promising career in TV if he’s wrapped up his music touring! The iconic singer and songwriter joined the prestigious EGOT club (comprising individuals who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) with the victory of his Disney+ special, “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium,” in the best live variety special category. Although Elton John couldn’t be present, it’s safe to assume that the Emmy award will find a proud place on his shelf.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ cast reunites
Choose me. Love me. Meet me… on the Emmys stage? Absolutely! At this year’s Emmy Awards, a magical reunion unfolded as past and present cast members of “Grey’s Anatomy” – including originals Justin Chambers, Katherine Heigl, Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens Jr., and Chandra Wilson – graced the event. The reunion took place just shy of 19 years since the show’s debut in March 2005. Host Anthony Anderson paid tribute to the beloved medical drama, sharing his mother’s fondness for such shows. With an impressive 39 Emmy nominations and numerous wins, “Grey’s Anatomy” now holds the title of the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history. ―David Oliver
John Oliver wins two more Emmys for ‘Last Week Tonight’
Esteemed Emmy winner John Oliver clinched two prestigious awards at this year’s ceremony: Variety Talk Host and the newly introduced category of Best Scripted Variety Series for his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.” The addition of this new category, which included competition from “Saturday Night Live,” set it apart from the traditional late-night talk shows, marking a noteworthy shift at the Emmys. Trevor Noah, seizing the opportunity, celebrated a victory for “The Daily Show” in its designated category, humorously acknowledging Oliver’s absence from the nominations. Perhaps there’s optimism on the horizon for NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” standing out as the best among the late-night offerings.
‘Cheers,’ ‘Martin’ Lawrence sitcom casts reunite, and it’s all a little awkward
As the 75th Emmy Awards embraced a nostalgic vibe, the producers aimed for reunions that, unfortunately, veered into awkward and stilted territory. Notably, recreations of the famous sets from “Martin” and “Cheers” didn’t quite hit the mark.
The attempt to inject humor into these segments may have fallen short, with the “Martin” cast’s commentary on their lack of Emmys proving to be a less engaging moment. Perhaps opting for shorter, genuinely amusing segments could have elevated the overall experience, preventing the need for viewers to search for an escape route during such moments.
Niecy Nash-Betts wins for Netflix’s ‘Dahmer’ series, and her speech is better than the series
Netflix’s true-crime drama on Jeffrey Dahmer was widely criticized for its abhorrent nature, with one notable exception: Nash-Betts, who delivered a searing performance. Emmy voters acknowledged her talent by awarding her the best supporting actress in a limited series trophy. However, it was Nash-Betts’s emotional, moving, political, and life-affirming speech that emerged as a far more profound piece of art than the controversial “Dahmer,” making it a much more palatable and engaging watch.
Christina Applegate makes rare, emotional appearance
Christina Applegate received a heartfelt standing ovation as she took the stage to present the award for the best supporting actress in a comedy series. The 52-year-old actress, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2021 while filming the final season of Netflix’s “Dead to Me,” made a rare appearance at the awards show.
Despite being a nominee for lead actress in a comedy series for the same show, Applegate humorously remarked that the enthusiastic standing ovation was “totally shaming” her, given her use of a cane for support due to her diagnosis. -Naledi Ushe
Yes, chef! Ayo Edebiri wins for ‘The Bear’; Quinta Brunson takes the acting Emmy for “Abbott Elementary”
The first triumph of the night was unquestionably well-deserved. Edebiri, the talented emerging star of FX’s “The Bear” (securing the Emmy for its inaugural season), delivered an electric performance in the series, earning enthusiastic applause even from presenter Applegate. Overwhelmed and visibly moved, Edebiri, despite hyperventilating, delivered a graceful speech, humorously reflecting on the unconventional journey from emigrating to the country to pursuing improv.
Following this, Quinta Brunson secured the award for best actress in a comedy for ABC’s “Abbott Elementary.” A delightful twist emerged as the legendary Carol Burnett presented Brunson with her award, prompting the actress (and writer, previously honored for her work on “Abbott”) to tearfully express her love for the show. The genuine and heartfelt moments, such as Brunson’s emotional reaction, added a special touch to the awards ceremony. “I love Abbott Elementary,” Brunson sobbed, echoing the sentiment of many viewers.
Anthony Anderson doesn’t embarrass himself in his monologue
Anthony Anderson’s opening at the Emmys was a breath of fresh air compared to Jo Koy’s performance at the Golden Globes last week. Although Anderson is better known for his scripted work than stand-up monologues, his opening was well-received. In a respectable and nostalgic manner, he paid tribute to great TV shows from the past, fitting for the 75th anniversary of the Emmys. With the assistance of a “local and ethnically diverse choir,” Anderson revisited classics like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Good Times,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Miami Vice.” The segment was quaint and cute, providing a welcomed contrast to the Globes disaster from the previous week. However, there was a slightly awkward moment when he incorporated his mother into the show.
Emmys Red Carpet Looks
No awards show is complete without a dazzling red carpet, and the anticipation is building for TV’s biggest night. Tune in to the live stream starting Monday at 6 PM EST/3 PM PST on E!, with the fabulous Laverne Cox as the host. Fashion enthusiasts gearing up for the event can get ready by exploring our selections for the best gowns of all time. Get a sneak peek at the best-dressed stars thus far and dive into our comprehensive red-carpet gallery. It’s the perfect way to kick off the glamour and style that the evening promises to bring.
What TV shows were eligible for the 75th Emmy Awards this year?
Delving into the depths of memory, we journey back to the period from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023—the eligibility window for this year’s awards. This span encompassed the final season of HBO’s “Succession,” Season 3 of Apple’s heartwarming “Ted Lasso,” the intriguing debut of FX’s “The Bear” in its first season, and the chilling narrative of Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” Among these, a multitude of other series, some reaching as far back as 19 months ago, also vied for recognition during this award season.