Succession writer Jesse Armstrong said it was a “big week for Succession” when his hit HBO drama received a grand prize at the 74th Emmy Awards.
In his acceptance speech for the evening’s final award, the British writer hinted that there was “a little more voting” in the show’s victory than there was in the new king’s accession.
He was quickly reminded by series star and Scottish actor Brian Cox to “keep it royalist”.
The 2022 Emmys will be the first major awards ceremony since the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday, although there was little mention of the monarch’s death during the live ceremony.
“It’s a big week for Succession, a new king in Britain, this for us,” said Armstrong on stage as he accepted the award for Outstanding Drama Series.
“Obviously there are a little more votes involved in our victory than there was for Prince Charles.”
“Keep it royalist, keep it royalist,” Cox told him.
“I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than him, we’ll leave that to other people,” Armstrong replied while thanking the show’s production team.
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Earlier, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham paid tribute to the Queen on the event’s red carpet, saying she watched the news coverage “all night until I couldn’t keep my eyes open” following the historic announcement.
The British actress said she was “excited by how upset I was” by the news, but said Charles will rise to “immeasurably” the challenges of being a monarch.
Waddingham was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series alongside her Ted Lasso co-stars Juno Temple and Sarah Niles, but lost to US actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won for her role in Abbott Elementary.
Speaking to US magazine Variety on the red carpet, Waddingham said: “It makes me emotional to think about it.
“I was upset at how deeply upset I was. I sat on the sofa with my dad and watched it all night until I couldn’t keep my eyes open because I couldn’t believe it.
“It’s like a grandmother dying.”
She continued: “It has hit me a lot worse than I thought and the tremendous pressure that our king now has on his shoulders.
“He’s going to rise immeasurably to that, but I sympathize with him[with]the weight he has on his shoulders.”
Elsewhere at the awards, British talent did reasonably well, although British heavyweights Colin Firth and Jodie Comer lost the top honors.
Matthew Macfadyen won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Succession and said he was “deeply flattered and thrilled to every last detail”.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series later went to Waddingham’s Ted Lasso co-star Brett Goldstein, who vowed not to swear as he accepted the award on stage.
“Last time I was here I was told not to swear and I did and I’m sorry but it meant the feed was cut back home in the UK so my family never did that to me say, but thank you for a second chance,” he said.
The audio then cut out again in the feed before Goldstein ended his remarks with expletives, causing the audience to laugh.
Ted Lasso ended his record-breaking 2021 Emmy nomination run by earning a total of 20 nominations that year.
Lead Actor Jason Sudeikis won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as the star of the same name, and director MJ Delaney won Outstanding Directorship in a Comedy Series.
The show later won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second straight year.
The annual Emmys Show Ceremony recognizes the finest in television excellence and is organized by the US Television Academy.
Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson hosted the 2022 show, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
The comedian opened the show with an explosive medley of club remixes of popular TV themes like Friends, Game Of Thrones and Stranger Things, assuring audiences the tracks were “legally cleared”.
Pop megastar Lizzo later gave an emotional speech about representation after winning the Emmy for Best Competitive Series for her Amazon show Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.
The singer said she grew up wanting “to see someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me” as she accepted the award on stage.
Zendaya was recognized for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Euphoria and thanked the show’s production team for creating a safe space to make the “difficult show.”
The actress plays recovering addict Rue on the hit HBO series.
“My biggest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people, and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who shared their story with me,” she said as she took the stage to accept her Emmy.
“I want you to know – anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue – I want you to know that I am so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and I carry them her with her.”
The Spider-Man star made history by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy twice in the category, as well as the youngest two-time Emmy winner.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/jesse-armstrong-declares-a-big-week-for-successions-following-top-emmy-win-41984084.html Jesse Armstrong Declares ‘Big Week for Succession’ After Top Emmy Win