Succession wins Best Drama at this year’s Emmy Awards

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The stellar second season of HBO comedy-drama Succession sweeped this year’s Emmys, including securing the top prize for Outstanding Drama Series. Lead star Jeremy Strong also nabbed an award for his performance as Kendall Roy. 

The hit HBO series beat out its impressive competition to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama series at this year’s ceremony. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, TV stars beamed in via video chat to collect their coveted trophies. 

Succession’s critically-acclaimed second season took the top prize ahead of similarly beloved series such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown, Stranger Things and Better Call Saul.

Also among the pack were British-US series Killing Eve, and Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian.

Following the surprise success of the first season, Succession returned last year for a follow-up considered even more wickedly funny and sharply satirical than its first outing. 

The dark comedy features Brian Cox as Logan Roy, a powerful media mogul and father to his bickering heirs who attempt to position themselves at the top of his business empire. 

Jeremy Strong stars alongside Cox as Logan’s son Kendall, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series for his performance. 

Alongside the two leads, Succession features Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun, who all received nominations for their supporting roles.

Creator and showrunner Jesse Armstrong accepted the prize and said: “Thank you very much indeed, this is such a very nice moment and I’m very sad not to be with the cast and crew to share it with you all tonight.”

Putting a twist on the classic awards speech, Armstrong gave ‘unthankyous’ to some of 2020s most depressing news events. 

He joked: “Unthankyou to the virus, unthankyou to Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response, unthankyou to Boris and his government for doing the same in this country. 

“Unthankyou to nationalist leaders around the world and unthankyou to media moguls who keep them in power.”

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His sardonic speech proved especially fitting for Succession, which is intended as a not-so subtle take-down of wealthy elites such as the Murdochs. 

Succession is expected to return for a third season, though filming is currently on hold as uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic continues.

Succession is available to stream on HBO Max and Now TV.

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