LOS ANGELES — Hollywood stars gathered on Monday to toast the best in television at the annual Emmy Awards, where stabbing drama Succession will take on South Korean sensation Squid Game for the top prize.
The two are competing for the Best Drama Series trophy at the red carpet ceremony which will air live on Comcast’s NBC network and air on Peacock.
Longtime Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson will host the event in downtown Los Angeles.
Ted Lasso star and nominee Hannah Waddingham arrived on the red carpet wearing a strapless pink dress with a full skirt that hid white tennis shoes with sequins on top. Issa Rae, nominated for Insecure, chose a long black and white dress with spaghetti straps.
Henry Winkler said he was wearing his lucky yellow tie, the same one he donned in 2018 when he won a supporting actor Emmy for playing an acting coach over Barry. Winkler is in contention for the same award on Monday.
Host Thompson promised “just a good time”.
“We will open with a bang. I think we have some great presenters and some surprises in there,” he said on the red carpet.
The competition for trophies is tough, awards experts say, with several shows and stars back in the running after Covid-related filming disruptions kept them away last year.
“We’re seeing a lot of categories with contenders who have been mainstays for years, and they’re going against each other,” Entertainment Weekly editor Patrick Gomez said.
Succession, an HBO series starring Brian Cox as the patriarch of a family vying for control of a media dynasty, is a favorite for best drama after garnering 25 nominations. He won the award in 2020.
Newcomer Squid Game could pick up a win, and if so, it would make history as the first non-English language program to claim an Emmy streak. The show about life or death get-rich-quick contests became a global phenomenon when it debuted on Netflix Inc a year ago.
But don’t rule out a surprise, rewards experts say.
Apple TV+ workplace thriller Severance has been generating buzz in Hollywood recently. Other contenders include Netflix’s Ozark and AMC’s Better Call Saul, which voters may want to honor for their final seasons.
In the comedy race, Apple TV+ feel-good series Ted Lasso is back for more after being named Best Comedy last year. Its rivals include Hulu’s Only Murders In The Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as neighbors who become true-crime podcasters, and ABC’s Abbott Elementary, about teachers at a predominantly black school in Philadelphia.
Short and Martin compete for Best Comedy Actor, alongside Lasso star Jason Sudeikis. The comedy lead contenders include Quinta Brunson, the 32-year-old designer and star of Abbott Elementary, Insecure star Issa Rae and Hacks’ Jean Smart. Reuters