The 2022 Emmys

The 2022 Emmys

Sara McKee, Student Journalist

This September, the 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was held at its pre-pandemic location, the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Kenan Thompson. The Emmys are an award ceremony that recognizes “excellence within various areas of television and emerging media” according to the official Emmy Awards website. These awards are all administered by three sister organizations: Television Academy (primetime), National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news, and documentary), and International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Emmy Awards are not the only ceremony that is hosted by these organizations; other ceremonies include the Creative Arts Emmy Award, the Engineering Emmy Award, Television Academy Honors, and the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. This year’s Emmys offered an award for many categories such as:


  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is a TV show about an American football coach who is hired to be the manager of a British soccer team. Lasso, the main character, tries to win over the English market with his “folksy, optimistic demeanor” while dealing with a lack of experience in the sport. This comedy show was nominated for 40 categories! It also won 10 other Emmys. Some of the other nominations for this category included Only Murderers In The Building, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, What We Do In The Shadows, Hacks, and more. Ted Lasso also had many of its amazing actors and actresses nominated and received awards. Some of those actors include Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein, Hannah Waddingham, Toheeb Jimoh, Sarah Niles, Juno Temple, and Sam Richardson.


  • Outstanding Drama Series: Succession

Succession is a TV show centered around the Roy family, the owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate. The family fights to gain control of the company, all during the uncertain health of the family patriarch. Succession was nominated for 48 Emmys and won 13. The runners up for this category include Stranger Things, Ozark, Euphoria, Squid Game, Better Call Saul, Yellowjackets, and Severance. Some of the star actors in this are Kieran Culkin, Matthew McFaden, J-Smith Cameron, Sarah Snook, and Adrien Brody.


  • Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series: The White Lotus

The White Lotus is a comedy-drama series about a fictional resort chain, White Lotus, and the staff and guests of this resort. The show features the many misadventures and exploits of the characters over one week. The White Lotus was nominated 20 times and won 10 Emmys. Some of the other awards were given for directing, music supervision, single-camera picture editing for a limited/anthology series, and more. Some of the runner ups for this nomination include Pam & Tommy, The Dropout, Inventing Anna, and Dopesick. This show stars some actors such as Murray Barlett, Jake Lacey, Steve Zahn, Connie Britton, and Jennifer Coolidge.


  • Outstanding Host For a Reality or Competition Program: RuPaul

RuPaul hosts his TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race where a group of drag queens compete in a series of competitions to impress RuPaul and not only win a cash prize, but also a crown and title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” RuPaul’s Drag Racel was also nominated for 2 other Emmys this year such as Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Competition Program. However, RuPaul only won Outstanding Host. The runners up include Amy Pohler and Nick Offerman from Making It, Nicole Byer from Nailed It!, and more.


  • Outstanding Competition Program: Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls

This competition show is about 13 women competing to be a dancer for the singer, Lizzo. These winning girls will be backup dancers for Lizzo’s tour. This reality show was nominated 6 times and won 3 Emmys. The runner up’s for this category were Nailed It!, Top Chef, The Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The Voice.


  • Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series: Carpool Karaoke

Carpool Karaoke is hosted by James Corden, in which he and other guest celebrities drive around Los Angeles while singing songs in karaoke form. This is a segment from James Corden’s “The Late Late Show,” a recurring fan favorite. This show was nominated 5 times and won 5 Emmys. The runners up for this category include I Think You Should Leave, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Tooning Out The News, and The Randy Rainbow Show.