Beyond pleased that Succession took home the Emmy for Best Drama. I finally got into Succession last year and I love it, and it’s full of incredible performances. Matthew Macfayden took home the Best Supporting Actor Emmy, and the show was nominated for a record-breaking 25 Emmys in a single year. Of course it took home the top honor. Creator/showrunner Jesse Armstrong is British, and during his Emmy speech, he dissed the new king. Bizarrely, this was the ONLY mention of the new king and it’s gotta be worrying for the monarchy that basically everyone has already moved on, and that the only reference to any of this was a diss:
“Succession” showrunner Jesse Armstrong made a dig at the U.K.’s King Charles III during his Emmys acceptance speech on Monday night. Taking to the stage along with the show’s execs and castmembers, including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun, to accept the Emmy for outstanding drama series, Armstrong said, “Big week for successions. New king in the U.K., this for us.”
Armstrong, who is British, then said: “Evidently a little bit more voting in our winning than Prince Charles,” prompting gasps from the audience and some of his team on stage.
“Keep it royalist, keep it royalist,” quipped Scotland-born Cox, who plays the show’s patriarch Logan Roy.
“No, I mean, I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is, we’ll leave that to other people,” Armstrong continued.
“Delicate balance,” Cox replied, causing laughter to ripple across the audience.
Armstrong then went on to deliver the rest of his acceptance speech, in which he thanked the entire team behind the hit HBO Max show.
“We are incredibly grateful to have this,” Armstrong said. “It’s a wonderful honour, this group is extraordinary. It’s a team effort starting with the engine room of the writers room, the producers who support us, the directors led by Mark Mylod, the extraordinary cast who we’re surrounded by who are – oh my goodness – and our amazing crew and HBO who protect and support us. So many thanks.”
It’s soooo funny. Armstrong is English/British but Brian Cox is Scottish and he’s also pro-Scottish independence. Just a week before QEII’s passing, Cox was talking about how Scotland has never been more “ripe” for a renewed independence movement. Cox is no royalist, and it looks like Jesse Armstrong isn’t either. A Scotsman and an Englishman in LA, standing in front a crowd of Hollywood A-listers, cracking jokes about the new king? Ouch. We are truly living in a F–k Around And Find Out Era.
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