Michael Keaton thanks ‘doubters’ after ‘Dopesick’ win. Barack Obama takes the prize early

On Monday, your favorite teachers go up against incredible soccer stars.

ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” are the top contenders for best comedy series – one of the most intense races at this year’s Emmy Awards (NBC, 8 EDT/5 PDT, and streaming on Peacock) , which will be hosted by Mr. Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live.”

The ceremony, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will also feature Hollywood names such as Andrew Garfield (FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven”), Elle Fanning (“Hulu’s “The Great”) and Oscar Isaac (HBO’s Scenes From a Marriage”. ) shooting for their first awards. Check out the play by play for TV’s biggest night:

2022 Emmy Winners List: Lead nominations for ‘Succession’, ‘Ted Lasso’, ‘The White Lotus’.

Julia Garner wins third Emmy for ‘Ozark’

“Ozark” star Julia Garner took home her third Emmy Award for Netflix’s “Ozark.” The young actress kept her eye on the clock as she gave a short speech, thanking the show’s creators for writing Ruth’s character. “It changed my life,” Garner said. “I just feel really grateful.”

Matthew Macfadyen is grateful for ‘bonkers’ role in ‘Succession’

“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara presented the award for best supporting actor in a drama series to Matthew Macfadyen, who plays Tom Wabsgans in HBO’s “Succession.” “This is a tremendous gift of a role,” he said, before thanking “the most talented crew and cast I can imagine” as well as his “beloved” wife, actress Keely Hawes.

Murray Bartlett scores early win for ‘White Lotus’

HBO’s “The White Lotus” won its first award of the night with Murray Bartlett, who won best supporting actor in a limited series. “I’m truly honored. Thank you for giving me one of the best experiences of my life,” Bartlett said on stage as he acknowledged the show’s cast and crew, before thanking his partner, Matt, and his mom for ” her unconditional love”. .”

Michael Keaton thanks the “doubters” in the first speech of the evening

The first award of the night was presented by Oprah Winfrey to “Dopesick” star Michael Keaton, who took home the trophy for best actor in a limited series. “My face hurts from all the fake smiling I have to do,” Keaton joked onstage, before thanking his family “for never making me feel stupid.” He also nodded to people who didn’t believe him throughout his career: “I had some doubts. But you know what? We’re cool.”

Kenan Thompson opens the Emmys with a televised dance

Thompson began the ceremony by walking through the crowd in a hat as he waxed poetic about what television means to us all. “If it wasn’t for TV, what would we be doing in our spare time? Was he reading a book?” he joked. “No one in this room has read a book in 50 years.”

The “SNL” vet then joined an array of backup dancers for an intense dance set to famous TV theme songs: twirling an umbrella on a sofa in a tribute to “Friends” and wearing a long, blonde wig as the “Game of Thrones”. “The matter played out.

Selena Gomez’s ‘Squid Game’ Makes History With Emmy Nods

A handful of nominees are setting milestones with their nominations: Netflix’s Korean sensation “Squid Game” is the first non-English-language show to be nominated for best drama series. And according to Variety, Selena Gomez is just the second Latina ever to be nominated for producing a sitcom (Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building”), following Salma Hayek for ABC’s “Ugly Betty” in 2007.

Emmy nominees party before the big night

On Saturday, Emmy nominees including Tony Shalhoub (“Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Christina Ricci (“Showtime’s “Yellowjackets”) gathered for a party in West Hollywood hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and SAG- AFTRA. Sheryl Lee Ralph, who plays godly teacher Barbara Howard on “Abbott,” spoke to USA TODAY at the event about earning her first Emmy nod for the show.

“I had no idea how quickly my life would change with this nomination,” Ralph said. “The kinds of phone calls you get. The way the business is changing. Everything was so different.”

‘White Lotus’, ‘Succession’ predicted to win big

“Parks and Recreation” funnyman Adam Scott turns dramatic in sci-fi thriller “Severance.”

In the major categories, USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler thinks HBO’s class satire “The White Lotus” should and will win best limited series, and the third season of HBO’s “Succession” will mark the new Apple TV+ “Severance” for best drama. series. Meanwhile, leads Zendaya (HBO’s “Euphoria”) and Jean Smart (HBO Max’s “Hacks”) are expected to win again for their respective dramatic and comedic performances.

The Emmys are being moved to Monday to avoid conflict with the NFL

Although the Emmys are usually held on Sundays, the ceremony is moved to Monday every four years when the show airs on NBC. This is to avoid a conflict with the network’s “Sunday Night Football.” (Sunday’s game featured a showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys in the Lone Star State, with the Bucs winning 19-3.)

Barack Obama and Adele are getting awards early

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the Smith Center in Las Vegas in January.  Obama won an Emmy Award for his work on the Netflix documentary series,

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the Smith Center in Las Vegas in January. Obama won an Emmy Award for his work on the Netflix documentary series, “Our Great National Parks,” earlier this month.

Some of this year’s winners were already revealed earlier this month at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous award for Outstanding Character Voice Performance (Disney+’s “What If…?”), while former President Barack Obama picked up Outstanding Narrator (Our Great National Parks of Netflix). British superstar Adele also moved one step closer to EGOT (meaning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner) status with an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Taped) for her CBS concert special “Adele: One Night Only”.

Contributing: Ralphie Aversa, Erin Jensen and Kelly Lawler

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Emmys 2022 live: Matthew Macfadyen wins supporting role for ‘Succession’

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