The 2024 Emmy Awards honored the best in television from the past year, with popular shows like “Succession,” “The Bear,” and “Beef” taking home top prizes. After a year of incredible performances on both the small and big screens, the Television Academy once again gathered to celebrate the very best at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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Drama Dominates with Succession
HBO’s hit drama “Succession” solidified itself as one of the decade’s defining shows, winning the Outstanding Drama Series award for the third time. The show portrays the power struggles within a dysfunctional media empire family, drawing praise for its sharp writing and acting.
Leading man Kieran Culkin took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, thanks to his conniving and conflicted performance as Roman Roy. Culkin beat out fierce competition like Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) for the honor. On the women’s side, Sarah Snook earned the Lead Actress Emmy for her role as Shiv Roy.
Matthew Macfayden also won Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Tom Wambsgans, Shiv’s husband. Macfayden brought complexity and humor to the character, one of the show’s most complex. With its multiple wins, “Succession” edges closer to all-time great prestige dramas likes “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”
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Feel Good Foodie Comedy “The Bear” Takes Top Prize
FX’s breakout hit “The Bear” charmed both audiences and critics with its chaotic-yet-heartfelt look at the restaurant industry. Centered on young chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, “The Bear” takes an honest look at the highs and lows of running a small Chicago sandwich shop.
With its unique mix of food porn and familial drama, “The Bear” took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. First-time nominee Jeremy Allen White also won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, bringing depth and pathos to the role of Carmy. Both wins help legitimize FX as a destination for premium comedies.
Yeun’s “Beef” Sizzles with 10 Wins
One of the year’s most talked about shows, “Beef” dramatizes the real-life rivalry between fast food chains Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Steven Yeun plays Dave Thomas, Wendy’s charming founder, while Critics’ Choice winner Mark Hamill is cast as Ray Kroc, the ruthless businessman behind McDonald’s.
The tense yet darkly comedic portrayal of capitalism gone awry connected with audiences. “Beef” took home 10 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Limited Series. Steven Yeun also won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his charismatic performance. Despite airing on the relatively obscure platform Peacock, “Beef” gained traction through word of mouth and critical acclaim.
Other Notable Winners
While HBO and FX dominated the drama and comedy categories, other networks and platforms also took home Emmys. Apple TV’s “Bad Sisters” earned awards for its ensemble cast and writing, cementing the tech giant as an unlikely home for prestige TV.
On the variety front, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” set a record with its 73rd Emmy win for Variety Sketch Series. Reality shows also got some love – CBS’ “The Amazing Race” took home the Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program for the seventh time.
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Big Night for Streaming Services
The 2024 Emmys showed the power and growth of streaming entertainment. With wins for Apple TV+, Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max, subscribers had plenty to celebrate. However, traditional networks like NBC, CBS and FX proved they can still compete for viewers’ attention and acclaim. As new streaming platforms launch almost monthly, expect the battle for awards to get even more competitive.
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In the end, as online and linear distribution converge, perhaps it no longer matters so much where a show airs but how good it is. With record-setting signups for services like Disney+ and Hulu, the Golden Age of TV continues to offer more choice than ever. As long as creators keep raising the bar with innovative programs, viewers everywhere win.
The 2024 Emmy Awards recognized a diverse set of modern classics like “Succession,” “The Bear” and “Beef.” As the lines blur between film and television, TV professionals proved their work stands tall against the big screen. We can expect next year’s nominees to continue pushing boundaries and exploring untouched creative territory.
After a standout year forSCRIPTION television marked by risky, boundary-breaking shows, these Emmys demonstrated the format’s continued ability to foster cultural conversations. Even with movie theaters reopened, our greatest source of shared stories remains that glowing box in the living room. This year’s winners all tap into unique elements of the human experience, helping us see our world through different perspectives.
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