Emmy winners make history: a 2022 recap


Rohan Prakesh

Many first-time nominees were awarded Emmys at the ceremony on Monday.

Rohan Prakesh, AVT Page Editor

The 2022 Emmy Awards were held on Monday Sept 12. Various actors, actresses, and directors showed up in fashionable outfits at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Kenan Thompson, who is known for his role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live for nearly 20 years.

The biggest winners of the night were Squid Game, Ted Lasso and Succession, with Squid Game bagging five awards, Ted Lasso earning four, and Succession taking home three. Succession was also the most-nominated title this year with a whopping 25 nominations.

Some students at Amador are thrilled about Squid Game’s success.

“I’m really happy that Squid Game is actually getting so much recognition by award shows,” said Vishruth Guruvayurappan (‘24), who tuned in to this year’s Emmys with his family. “It was such an entertaining show to watch, and I’m really excited to see more from it.”

However, acclaimed shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Only Murders in the Building, Better Call Saul, and Yellowjacket did not manage any wins in the several categories they were nominated for. 

“I was really surprised and disappointed when I saw that Better Call Saul didn’t win anything,” said Deepak Karani (‘24). “In my opinion, it’s one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a long time, and it deserves way more credit than it got from the Emmys this year.”

Some Emmy winners also made television history this year. 

Sheryl Lee Ralph, who has had a decades-long career in acting, earned her first Emmy nomination. On top of this, she became the second Black woman to win under the category
“Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” 

Zendaya– who turned 26 less than two weeks prior to the award show– brought home the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” award for the hit show Euphoria, making her the youngest two-time winner in Emmy history.

Korean actor Lee Jung-Jae earned a win for his role in Squid Game, which made history as the first foreign-language series nominated in the Emmys. Lee won “Best Actor in a Drama Series,” making him the first to win an Emmy for a Non-English performance.