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2024 Emmys best moments: From history-making wins to a heartbreaking tribute to Matthew Perry

Anthony Anderson hosted the three-hour long ceremony

Emmys moments 2024
Rebecca Lewis
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The Bear, Succession and Beef were the big winners of the 2024 Primetime Emmy Awards, which finally arrived four months after they were postponed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. TV's biggest stars congregated at Los Angeles' Peacock Theater, and on the red carpet red was also the color of the gownswith Katherine Heigl, Suki Waterhouse and Camilla Marrone all rocking the passionate color, while Ayo Edebiri was gorgeous in a leather look, and Selena Gomez wowed in Oscar del Renta.

The Bear was the first big winner of the night, with Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bacrach taking home all three of their acting nominations in the comedy categories,as well as Outstanding comedy series. 

In the limited series category it was a sweep by Netflix drama Beef, picking up Outstanding limited or anthology series, and best actor and actress in a limited or anthology series for Steven Yeun and Ali Wong.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Jeremy Allen White, The Bear, poses in the press room during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre with Ebon Moss-Bachrach who won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series© ROBYN BECK
Jeremy Allen White, The Bear, poses in the press room during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre with Ebon Moss-Bachrach

But the big winner of the night was Succession; across all categories, HBO Max's Succession held this year’s top spot with 27 Emmy nominations and although it failed to pick up any at last week's Creative Arts ceremony it picked up three acting awards on Monday, for Matthew MacFadyen, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, and Outstanding Drama series, as well as two below-the-line awards.

Below are the best moments of the night, and the full winners list...

The Bear's big kiss

Kourtney and Travis' red carpet PDA was well and truly upstaged duringthe live show, when -- as the cast and crew of The Bear walked on the stage to accept the award -- supporting cast member Matty Matheson began by thanking "restaurants everywhere" before Ebon interrupted him with a very long kiss to cheers from the audience.

Matty Matheson and Ebon Moss-Bachrach accept the Outstanding Comedy Series award© Monica Schipper
Matty Matheson and Ebon Moss-Bachrach accept the Outstanding Comedy Series award

An emotional Friends tribute

Despite rumors of the Friends cast reuniting to pay a heartbreaking tribute to Matthew Perry at the 2024 Emmy Awards, the show instead gave their own moment to the late comedian, who died in October 2023.

As the In Memorium played, War and Treaty were joined by Charlie Puth to sing 'See You Again,' before transitioning into 'I'll Be There For You,' as the segment ended with a picture of Matthew.

How the 2024 Emmys paid an emotional tribute to Friends actor Matthew Perry

Ayo Edebiri and Quinta Brunson make history 

Abbott Elementary's Quinta received the second award for Best Actress in a Comedy, and Ayo won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, making them the first Black actresses to win the comedy acting categories in the same year.

Ayo later told press that it was "very special" and humbling "on today of all days," to learn that they had broken history; the 2024 Emmys took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It was also the first time in 42 years a Black actress had won Best Actress in a Comedy.

Ayo and Quinta
Ayo and Quinta were the the first Black actresses to win the comedy acting categories in the same year

Elton John becomes an EGOT

Elton John has won his first Emmy award – making him the 19th EGOT winner of all time.

EGOT is an acronym for the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards, and is the designation given to people who have won all four of the major American art awards, also known as the Entertainment Grand Slam.  The British singer, who was no in attendance as he recently underwent a knee operation, won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Elton John: Farewell from Dodger Stadium, a live stream of his final North American show ever. 

Niecy Nash-Betts' acceptance speech 

Perhaps no-one had a bigger applause for an acceptance speech than Niecy Nash-Betts who, after thanking God, showrunner Ryan Murphy, the voters, her wife Jessica Betts - and herself: "You know who I want to thank? Me. I want to thank me for believing in me and doing what they said I could not do."

She then went on to accept the award on behalf of Black women who "has gone unheard yet overpoliced".

Watch Niecy Nash-Betts' Emmys acceptance speech

Christina Applegate's standing ovation

Christina came out on stage in as glorious red velvet suit and to a standing ovation, leaving her in tears before she quipped: "You are totally shaming me with disability with standing up," and as the applause continued, she further joked that her body was "not by Ozempic."

Christina Applegate brought to tears as she receives standing ovation during surprise Emmys appearance

RuPaul's emotional speech 

Outstanding Reality TV Competition Program winner RuPaul for "RuPaul's Drag Race" speak onstage © VALERIE MACON
Outstanding Reality TV Competition Program winner RuPaul for "RuPaul's Drag Race" speak onstage

RuPaul's Drag Race won for Outstanding reality/competition series and the TV personality, one of TV's most fmaous drag Queens, gave a heartfelt and passionate speech that decried American legislature that has banned drag Queens from performing in public spaces.

"If a drag Queen wants to read you a story in a library, listen to her. Knowledge is power. If someone tries to restrict your access to power, tjey are trying to scare you," he said.

Emmy Winners 2024

Outstanding drama series

Andor

Better Call Saul

House of The Dragon

Succession - WINNER

The Crown

The Last of Us

The White Lotus 

Yellowjackets

Outstanding comedy series

Wednesday

The Bear - WINNER

Barry

Jury Duty 

Only Murders in the Building 

Ted Lasso

Abbott Elementary

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Outstanding limited or anthology series

Beef - WINNER

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Daisy Jones & The Six

Fleishman is in Trouble

Obi-wan Kenobi

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man 

Brian Cox – Succession

Kieran Culkin – Succession - WINNER

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul 

Pedro Pascal – The Last of Us

Jeremy Strong – Succession

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters

Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid's Tale

Bella Ramsey – The Last of Us

Keri Russell – The Diplomat 

Sarah Snook – Succession - WINNER

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

F. Murray Abraham – The White Lotus

Nicholas Braun – Succession

Michael Imperioli – The White Lotus 

Theo James – The White Lotus 

Matthew Macfayden – Succession - WINNER

Alan Ruck – Succession 

Will Sharpe – The White Lotus 

Alexander Skarsgård – Succession 

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus - WINNER

Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown

Meghann Fahy – The White Lotus 

Sabrina Impacciatore – The White Lotus 

Aubrey Plaza – The White Lotus 

Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul 

J. Smith-Cameron – Succession

Simona Tabasco – The White Lotus

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Bill Hader – Barry

Jason Segel – Shrinking

Martin Short – Only Murders In The Building

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear - WINNER

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Christina Applegate – Dead To Me

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary - WINNER

Natasha Lyonne – Poker Face

Jenna Ortega – Wednesday

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Anthony Carrigan – Barry

Phil Dunster – Ted Lasso

Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso

James Marsden – Jury Duty 

Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear - WINNER

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler – Barry

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Alex Borsten – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear - WINNER

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary

Juno Temple – Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

Jessica Williams – Shrinking

Outstanding lead actor in a limited or anthology series or TV movie

Taron Egerton – Black Bird

Kumail Nanjiani – Welcome to Chippendales

Evan Peters – Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Michael Shannon – George & Tammy

Steven Yeun – Beef - WINNER

Outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series or TV movie

Lizzy Caplan – Fleishman Is In Trouble 

Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy

Dominique Fishback – Swarm 

Kathryn Hahn – Tiny, Beautiful Things

Riley Keough – Daisy Jones & The Six 

Ali Wong – Beef - WINNER

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie

Murray Bartlett - Welcome To Chippendales

Paul Walter Hauser - Black Bird - WINNER

Richard Jenkins -  Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Joseph Lee - BEEF 

Ray Liotta - Black Bird

Young Mazino - BEEF 

Jesse Plemons - Love & Death

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie

Annaleigh Ashford - Welcome To Chippendales

Maria Bello - BEEF

Claire Danes - Fleishman Is In Trouble

Juliette Lewis - Welcome To Chippendales

Camila Morrone - Daisy Jones & The Six 

Niecy Nash-Betts - Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story - WINNER

Merritt Wever - Tiny Beautiful Things 

Outstanding reality/competition series

The Amazing Race

 RuPaul's Drag Race - WINNER

Survivor 

Top Chef

The Voice 

Outstanding Talk series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah - WINNER

Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Late Night With Seth Meyers 

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 

The Problem With Jon Stewart 

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