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Emmy Awards recap: Biggest moments from the 75th annual awards show

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in television Monday night.

"Succession," "The Bear" and "Beef" took home the top awards, winning for outstanding drama series, outstanding comedy series and outstanding limited or anthology series, respectively.

MORE: Emmy Awards: Complete winners list

The three-hour telecast, hosted by Anthony Anderson, saw numerous cast reunions -- bringing together stars from iconic shows like "Martin," "Cheers" and "Grey's Anatomy" -- and paid tribute to those we've lost since the previous Emmy Awards, which aired in September 2022.

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The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were originally scheduled to air on Sept. 18, 2023, but were rescheduled due to the Hollywood strikes.

Check out a recap of how the night unfolded.


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Jan 15, 11:16 PM

Emmys end with clip of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech

The Emmy Awards, which took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ended with a clip of the Civil Rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Host Anthony Anderson introduced the clip, which featured the closing lines of King's speech delivered Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" King says in the clip.


Jan 15, 11:07 PM

'Succession' wins outstanding drama series

"Succession" won the Emmy for outstanding drama series. This is the show's sixth Emmy win tonight.

Creator and screenwriter Jesse Armstrong accepted the award on behalf of the series alongside the cast and crew onstage.

"We're so honored, we loved making this show," Armstrong said.

"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage presented the category.

Other nominees in the category included "Andor," "Better Call Saul," "The Crown," "House of the Dragon," "The Last of Us," "The White Lotus" and "Yellowjackets."


Jan 15, 11:12 PM

'The Bear' wins outstanding comedy series

"The Bear" won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

Matty Matheson shouted out the restaurant and hospitality industry before co-star Ebon Moss-Bachrach gave him a kiss.

PHOTO: Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (R) kisses Canadian chef and actor Matty Matheson as the cast of 'The Bear' accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (R) kisses Canadian chef and actor Matty Matheson as the cast of 'The Bear' accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)


"I just love restaurants so much -- the good, the bad. It's rough, we're all broken inside and every single day we've got to show up and cook and make people feel good by eating something and sitting at a table, and it's really beautiful," he said, echoing that making the show is also a "really beautiful" experience.

PHOTO: Canadian chef and actor Matty Matheson speaks as the cast and crew of 'The Bear' accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Canadian chef and actor Matty Matheson speaks as the cast and crew of 'The Bear' accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2024. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)


Natasha Lyonne and Tracee Ellis Ross presented the category.

Other nominees in the category included "Abbott Elementary," "Barry," "Jury Duty," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Only Murders in the Building," "Ted Lasso" and "Wednesday."


Jan 15, 10:52 PM

Sarah Snook wins outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Sarah Snook of "Succession" won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. She shared a sweet dedication to her daughter during her acceptance speech.

"The biggest thank you I think goes to someone who won't understand anything that I'm saying at the moment but I carried her with me in this last season, and really, it was her who carried me," she said. "It's very easy to act when you're pregnant because you've got hormones raging, and it was more that the proximity of her life growing inside me gave me the strength to do this and this performance."

Other nominees in the category included Sharon Horgan in "Bad Sisters," Melanie Lynskey in "Yellowjackets," Elisabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale," Bella Ramsey in "The Last of Us" and Keri Russell in "The Diplomat."


Jan 15, 10:53 PM

Kieran Culkin wins for 'Succession,' 'Ally McBeal' cast reunites

Kieran Culkin won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Succession."

Culkin thanked a number of people in his acceptance speech, including "Succession" creator Jesse Armstrong, his mother and his wife Jazz Charton.

PHOTO: Kieran Culkin accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for 'Succession' onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre, Jan. 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Kieran Culkin accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for 'Succession' onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre, Jan. 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

"Thank you for sharing your life with me and for giving me two amazing kids," Culkin told his wife. "And Jazz, I want more. You said 'maybe' if I win."

Calista Flockhart presented the category after reuniting -- and having a dance break -- with her "Ally McBeal" co-stars Greg Germann, Peter MacNicol and Gil Bellows.

PHOTO: (L-R) Greg Germann, Calista Flockhart, Gil Bellows and Peter MacNicol dance onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on Jan. 15, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PHOTO: (L-R) Greg Germann, Calista Flockhart, Gil Bellows and Peter MacNicol dance onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on Jan. 15, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Other nominees in the category included Jeff Bridges in "The Old Man," Brian Cox in "Succession," Bob Odenkirk in "Better Call Saul," Pedro Pascal in "The Last of Us" and Jeremy Strong in "Succession."


Jan 15, 10:47 PM

Norman Lear, Suzanne Somers, Matthew Perry and more honored

"All in the Family" stars Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers took the stage to introduce the in memoriam segment for the 75th Emmys. Singers Charlie Puth and The War and Treaty delivered an emotional performance of the songs "See You Again" and "I'll Be There For You" for the segment, which honored those who have died since the last Emmy Awards in September 2022.

Norman Lear, Suzanne Somers, Angela Lansbury, Adan Canto, Richard Roundtree, Ron Cephas Jones, Treat Williams, Angus Cloud, Lance Reddick, Leslie Jordan, Len Goodman and Bob Barker were among the stars that were honored Monday night.

The segment ended with a tribute to "Friends" actor Matthew Perry, who died Oct. 28.


Jan 15, 10:32 PM

GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis accepts 2023 Governors Award

Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO and president of GLAAD, accepted the 2023 Governors Award on behalf of the LGBTQ media advocacy organization.

"What the world sees on TV influences how we treat each other and the decisions that we make in our living rooms, schools, at work and at the ballot box," Ellis began.

Ellis continued, "The world urgently needs culture-changing stories about transgender people. More people say they have seen a ghost than know a transgender person. When you don't know people, it's easy to demonize them."

"Visibility creates understanding, and it opens doors. It's lifesaving. Our community has achieved so much, and yet we are still being victimized and villainized with cruel and harmful lies," Ellis said, adding that "sharing stories is the antidote."


Jan 15, 10:19 PM

'Beef' wins outstanding limited or anthology series

"Beef" won the Emmy award for outstanding limited or anthology series.

Lee Sung Jin accepted the award on behalf of the show alongside the cast and crew onstage.

Other nominees in the category included "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story," "Daisy Jones & The Six," "Fleishman Is in Trouble" and "Obi-Wan Kenobi."


Jan 15, 10:17 PM

Ali Wong dedicates Emmy win for "Beef" to her daughters

Ali Wong won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a limited anthology series or movie for "Beef."

Wong shouted out her two daughters in her acceptance speech, telling them, "You are my everything and thank you for inspiring me. This is for you."

PHOTO: Ali Wong accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for 'Beef' onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on Jan. 15, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Ali Wong accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for 'Beef' onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on Jan. 15, 2024 in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Other nominees in the category included Lizzy Caplan for "Fleishman is in Trouble," Jessica Chastain for "George & Tammy," Dominique Fishback for "Swarm," Kathryn Hahn for "Tiny Beautiful Things" and Riley Keough for "Daisy Jones & The Six."


Jan 15, 10:16 PM

Steven Yeun wins outstanding lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie

Steven Yeun won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie for "Beef."

"Thank you for this immense honor and blessing," Yeun said before thanking his fellow "Beef" co-stars and the show's creators.

He also thanked Andrew Cooper, the series' onset photographer. "There were days when it was difficult to live in Danny's skin," he said. "Sometimes I wanted to judge him, sometimes I wanted to make fun of him, and [Cooper] pulled me aside and he's like, 'Never bail on Danny.' And thanks. I wanna say thank you to Danny for teaching me that judgment and shame is a lonely place, but compassion and grace is where we can all meet."

PHOTO: Steven Yeun accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for 'Beef' onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre, Jan. 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
PHOTO: Steven Yeun accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for 'Beef' onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre, Jan. 15, 2024, in Los Angeles. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)


Yeun also thanked his wife and his family and told them he loves them.

Other nominees in the category included Taron Egerton for "Black Bird," Kumail Nanjiani for "Welcome to Chippendales," Evan Peters for "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story," Daniel Radcliffe for "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" and Michael Shannon for "George & Tammy."

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