2022 Emmy’s Making History


Alina Duran , Staff Writer

This year marks the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards which aired on Monday, September 12, 2022. Making its return since the start of Covid-19, the Red Carpet has set a wonderful ambiance to start off the evening before the talented actors and actresses that were presented head into the venue, Microsoft Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Attendees making their way down the carpet execute the looks of elegance and seemingly in unison as many actresses showed to be dressed in sequins and actors in white suits. Presenting the first award of the night, Oprah Winfrey began by delivering an inspiring message.

“There are eight billion people on this planet, but only twenty-five Emmys get to be given out tonight. Your chances of winning? 300 million to 1. So how do you win one? It starts with a dream.” Many actors in one room filled with the same dreams striving to win the same award can impose tension. To lighten the mood into a lively scene, actor and comedian Kenan Thompson then redirect the audience’s attention to a musical performance medley using theme songs from classic TV shows such as “Friends”, “The Brady Bunch” and more. One nominee of the evening, dressed in custom made Valentino ballgown, Zendaya had made history by not only receiving the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series but for also becoming the youngest actress to win two Emmys in one night at the age of 26, celebrating her birthday just twelve days prior.

First-time Emmy nominee Jung HoYeon is up for best-supporting actress in a drama series, Squid_Game, and arrived at the venue along with her other co-stars Lee Jung-Jae and Park Hae-soo. Squid Game, a tv show currently streaming on Netflix, quickly caught the media’s attention and to the benefit of the actors and due to all their hard work, Jung-Jae and Hae-soo were delighted to have ended the night both taking home an Emmy Award while Jung-Jae became the first Asian actor to win in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. While there were many highlights of the night, there were also lows, one main cause being the viewing for this year’s Emmy Awards had hit an all-time low with just 5.9 million viewers which compared to last year, lost an average of 1.5 million viewers.

Comparing the ratings of this year’s event to the 2020 ceremony was also significantly low having a total average of 6.1 million viewers ranking as the second lowest record. On a better note, the hit tv series Succession had a grand total of 25 nominations but by the end of the night, Jesse Armstrong the show’s creator received an award for Best Writing.

To end the night of glamour and awards, John Legend took the stage performing a rendition of “Pieces” from his newly released eighth album, “Legend”. The segment was to pay tribute to those who had spent a great deal of their talent over the screen including Bob Saget, Betty White, Ray Liotta, James Caan, and many more.