WINNER: Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown) – supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie
It’s going to be a big night for Mare then with Evan Peters beating out stiff competition from the stars of Hamilton for the HBO drama’s second award of the night. He thanks Kate Winslet “for BEING KATE WINSLET” and this win will at least make up for the Hahn loss on Twitter given how loved the actor is online, thanks to his place in the Murphyverse (he was trending earlier just because of his nomination).
A bit of a surprise here given that, if at least Twitter were to be believed, Kathryn Hahn would scoop this for her devilish, viral turn in WandaVision. But an early sign here of the love for HBO’s Mare of Eastttown given that Julianne Nicholson had a rather unshowy role in the grim crime drama. It was an excellent performance and nice to see recognition for a hard-working actor who hasn’t always received her due. A rather mean “play her off” musical moment though. More for Mare on the way
Cedric’s set is actually pretty decent so far, making the expected Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s testicles joke, some jabs at Covid jabs, the ryal family and also recognising the amount of black nominees. He’s loose and comfortable and while the bar is low and not every joke lands, he’s already an improvement on say Corden or Meyers or Kimmel, who stick to safer, tried-and-tested territory.
Another category dominated by both SNL and Ted Lasso and given that the latter had four nominated actors, it’s no great surprise that one of them won. Brett Goldstein was their (sweary) pick (a slight shame given Nick Mohammed being the show’s MVP) but already a big start to the night for the show and for Apple, who sorely needed an awards player.
A very funny and very alarmed Seth Rogen introduced the award by expressing worry over the amount of people in such a small place (“I wouldn’t have come if I’d have known!”). A fiercely packed category here with three of the very finest SNL cast members but the award goes to Hannah Waddingham, one of many breakouts from the adored Apple comedy Ted Lasso (she beat out fellow cast member Juno Temple). “Jason, you’ve changed my life with this,” she says, shock followed by tears which is then followed by more shock. There will be many many more awards for Ted tonight.
Not the biggest fan of a montage intro but this year’s collection of clips did at least provide a reminder of just how impressive the last year has been. In a pre-recorded segment, Cedric the Entertainer follows said montage by telling us that this year will not be as subdued as might expect.
As we switch to live, it’s a musical opener (fun at least for a traditionally non-musical ceremony). LL Cool J helps out and then so does Lil Dickie and then so does, errrr, Rita Wilson rapping, which is a choice – although even when joking, she’s still a far more tolerable hip-hop star than her problematic son. It’s kind of a cheesy start but it’s kind of charming too in a silly, shaggy way. There’s some high energy at the outset for a ceremony which often lulls us to sleep.
Bookmark this page for the night so you can keep track. It’ll be constantly updated with the latest winners:
Michaela Coel is here! She just told Queer Eye’s Karamo on the red carpet that she is “overwhelmed with gratitude” for her four nominations tonight. How many can she win?
There are a ton of Emmys to give out (this night will be a thick and fast one as ever with very few breaks for air) and so the Creative Arts Emmys took place earlier this month to downgrade tonight from being a super long nightmare to just like a regular long nightmare. Here are some of the main ones:
Outstanding guest actress in a drama series: Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown
Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series: Maya Rudolph as Host on Saturday Night Live
Outstanding guest actor in a drama Series: Courtney B Vance as George Freeman on Lovecraft Country
Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series: Dave Chappelle as Host on Saturday Night Live
Outstanding structured reality program: Queer Eye
Outstanding television movie: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Outstanding host for a reality or competition program: RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding documentary or nonfiction series: Secrets of the Whales
Back when the nominations were announced, we let Stuart Heritage express an article’s worth of rage, shock and happiness as he wrote about the snubs and surprises of this year. No Small Axe remains a head-scratcher. Here’s a reminder:
There is an understandable amount of excitement/fear/concern/panic over the many awards that Michaela Coel and her much-loved series I May Destroy You is up for and whether she will leave the night empty-handed or not.
The show picking up at least one of its nine nominations seems likely but can it take home one of the bigger awards, for best limited or anthology series or best actress in a limited or anthology series? It’s arguably a harder sub-section than the ongoing series categories, with The Queen’s Gambit, Mare of Easttown and WandaVision all battling it out. We’ll find out soon!