Kieran Culkin Wins Lead Actor in a Drama Emmy for ‘Succession’

Kieran Culkin is an Emmy winner!

The actor took home his first individual Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Roman Roy on “Succession.” The actor won a Golden Globe last weekend for the same performance.

Culkin was previously nominated twice for an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Emmy for his work on the show. For the fourth and final season of the HBO hit, both Culkin and co-star Sarah Snook changed from the Supporting to Lead categories. For Culkin, at least, the move paid off.

The show is up for 26 Emmy nominations this year, including individual ones for basically all the cast: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, Alexander Skarsgård, J. Smith-Cameron, James Cromwell, Arian Moayed, Hiam Abbass, Cherry Jones, and Harriet Walter.

“Succession” previously won the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 2022 (for Season 3) and 2020 (Season 2) and was nominated for Season 1 in 2019. Expect many wins tonight.

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It’s no secret sticking the landing for TV shows can be difficult, but the fourth and final season of HBO’s buzzy smash managed to hit it out of the park with both audiences and critics, with IndieWire naming it among the best TV shows of the year.

In his review of the final installments, IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers wrote, “For the millions wrapped up in the most moneyed and muddied of family financial drama, “Succession” has long felt like the end all, be all of TV. The heinous zingers shouted every Sunday night become Monday morning’s viral memes. The abject devastation suffered onscreen fuels heated conversations over who’s to blame, who’s deserving, and why. Few programs can pivot from the peak of comedy to the pit of gravitas like “Succession,” let alone overwhelm the audience with the simultaneous precision and depth given to each element.”

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were held Monday, January 15 at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which usually takes place in September, was delayed to accommodate the WGA and SAG strikes. That’s why the nominees do not include any shows released after the May 31, 2023 filing deadline, including “The Curse,” “Fargo,” and other fall and winter premieres. The 76th Emmy Awards telecast is expected to run on the traditional schedule. 

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