Another year of Emmys is in the books. As always, Monday night’s awards show featured upsets and rebuffs, predictable wins and powerful acceptance speeches. The 2022 Emmys also had a historic handful of wins, making it a huge night for stars like Zendaya, Quinta Brunson, Lee Jung-jae, and more. Here’s a breakdown of their big moments.

Zendaya poses with her award after her historic 2-for-1 wins at the 2022 Emmys. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Sheryl Lee Ralph is the second black woman to win an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy

After more than 40 years in show business, Abbott Elementary School Star Sheryl Lee Ralph has won her first-ever Emmy Award. She made history as the second black woman to win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The first win came from Jackée Harry, who won the Emmy for 227 in 1987.

Ralph celebrated his incredible win by singing the opening lines of Dianne Reeves’ 1993 song “Endangered Species,” showing off his Broadway experience. the old dream girls star also shared an empowering message with viewers to never give up.

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream, and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t come true, couldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you that’s what believing is like. This is what effort looks like. And never, ever give up,” she said.

Lee Jung-jae had a historic night as the first Asian winner for Leading Role in a Drama Series at the 2022 Emmys

Earlier this year, squid game Star Lee Jung-jae made history as the first actor from a non-English language show to win Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the SAG Awards. He repeated that success at the 2022 Emmys, becoming the first Asian actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Jung-jae was also the first to win for a non-English role.

“I still feel like I’m living a dream,” he told Deadline after his Emmy win.

Zendaya scored 2-in-1 historic wins with her Lead Actress in a Drama Series award at the 2022 Emmys

Zendaya made Emmy history for the second time with her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. In 2020, she became the youngest woman to win in the category at the age of 24. Additionally, she was only the second black woman to win after Viola Davis (How to escape murder) in 2015. Today, she is the youngest two-time Emmy winner in the category and the first black woman to win twice in the category.

‘Squid Game’ is the first non-English drama to win the Emmy for Directing a Drama Series

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squid game The year of historic wins continued at the 2022 Emmys. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk took home the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, making Squid Game the first non-English drama to win in the category. The show ran into three Succession entries, yellow jackets, Breakupand ozark.

Dong-hyuk reminded viewers that he couldn’t have made history with squid game all alone.

“People keep telling me I made history, but I don’t think I made history on my own. Because it was you who opened the doors for squid game, inviting us here tonight at the Emmys,” he said. “I really hope that squid game won’t be the last non-English series to be here at the Emmys, and I also hope it won’t be my last Emmy either.

Quinta Brunson scored a historic Emmy win as the second black writer to win writing for a comedy series

To finish, Abbott Elementary The third Emmy win — the show won for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last week — went to creator Quinta Brunson. She became the second black writer to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Lena Waithe won the award for master of nothing in 2017 alongside Aziz Ansari. Meanwhile, Brunson is also the third black writer to win in the category, following Larry Wilmore in 2002 (The Bernie Mac Show) and Waithé.

Check out the full list of 2022 Emmys winners.

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