Emmy Awards: Ayo Edebiri, Ali Wong, and More Wins for Women!

Monday, January 15 marked  the 75th Emmy Awards. Due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, the award show was delayed by four months. It covered television from June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023. Despite the vast scope that the Emmys were covering this year, there was a noticeable lack of women in categories not specifically set for women, both in nominations and in wins. In fact, there were no women winners at all in any writing or directing category, despite powerhouses like Lorene Scafaria (Succession) and Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) in the lineup. Nevertheless, there were some exciting wins for women and especially women of color this Emmys season, which awarded a record-breaking number of people of color, including Ali Wong, Niecy Nash-Betts, Quinta Brunson, and Ayo Edebiri. Without further ado, here is a roundup of every female Emmy winner of 2024!


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Sarah Snook won this category for her role as Shiv Roy in Succession. As the explosively popular series came to a close this year, this was a triumphant win for Sarah, who was nominated for an Emmy for Succession in 2020 and 2022 as well. Sarah, glowing with new motherhood, ended her acceptance speech with a beautiful tribute to her daughter, with whom she was pregnant during the filming of the last season of Succession, the season she won for: “the biggest thank you though is to someone who won’t understand anything I’m saying at the moment, but I carried her with me in this last season. Really it was her who carried me. It’s very easy to act when you’re pregnant, because you’ve got hormones raging. It was the proximity of her life growing inside me that gave me the strength to do this and this performance. I love you so much. It’s all for you from here on out.”


Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Ali Wong took the win in this category for her role as Amy Lau in Beef. This was Ali’s fourth Emmy nomination and first win. Like Sarah, Ali capped off her acceptance speech with a heartwarming dedication to her daughters. Her eyes full of tears, Ali said: “You are my everything and thank you for inspiring me. This is for you.” Beef, for which Ali also served as an executive producer, also won the Emmy for Best Limited or Anthology series. 


Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Niecy Nash-Betts won this category for her role as Glenda Cleveland in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. This win, and Niecy’s acceptance speech, were a huge highlight of the awards show. After the usual thanks, Niecy did something we don’t see often. She thanked herself: “I want to thank me, for believing in me and doing what they said I could not do. I want to say to myself in front of all you beautiful people, ‘Go girl, with your bad self. You did that.’” This was a radical moment, acknowledging the joys and triumphs of succeeding as a Black actress, and as a Black woman, in our society. Niecy finished her speech with a hugely important tribute: “I accept this award on behalf of every Black and Brown woman who have gone unheard, yet overpoliced, like Glenda Cleveland, like Sandra Bland, like Breonna Taylor! As an artist, my job is to speak truth to power, and I’m gonna do it ‘till the day I die.” Niecy’s speech was met with uproarious applause and a standing ovation.


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Coolidge took the win for her role as Tanya in The White Lotus. A huge audience favorite for this role, this was Jennifer’s second nomination and second win for playing Tanya. After going viral for one line in the second season of The White Lotus (“Please, these gays, they’re trying to murder me!”) Jennifer has become somewhat of an icon in the queer community. She did not fail to acknowledge this in her speech, when she hilariously added, “I want to thank all the evil gays.”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

In another standout moment of the awards, Quinta Brunson won in this category for her portrayal of Jeanine Teagues in Abbott Elementary. The award was presented to Quinta by Carol Burnett, one of the most beloved comedic figures in the business (in fact, as Quinta put it at the beginning of her speech: “I don’t know why I’m so emotional. I think like… the Carol Burnett of it all”). This win made Quinta the first Black woman in over thirty years to win this category. Delivering a tearful yet charming acceptance speech, Quinta paid a lovely tribute to her craft: “I love making Abbott Elementary so much, and I love being able to live my dream and act out comedy […] I just love comedy so much.” 


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

The “People’s Princess” Ayo Edebiri won for her portrayal of Sydney in The Bear. She is the third Black woman in history to win this prize. In her speech, Ayo honored her parents, delivering a funny yet important and heartfelt message: “My parents are here tonight […] I love you guys so much. Thank you so much for loving me, and letting me feel beautiful, and Black, and proud of all of that […] Probably not a dream to emigrate to this country and have your child be like, ‘I wanna do improv,’ but you’re real ones.” 


Though we would have liked to see more representation for women overall at the 75th Emmy Awards, there were certainly some triumphant moments, particularly for incredibly talented women of color who continue to open doors for others like them. Congratulations to all of the women nominees and winners of the 2024 Emmys!

© Julia Lasker (1/20/2024) FF2 Media


Featured photo: Ali Wong in the TV miniseries BEEF (2023). Photo Credit: A24 / Album / Alamy Stock Photo. Image ID: 2PMW210

Middle photo: Ayo Edebiri in the TV series THE BEAR (2022). Photo Credit: FX Productions / Super Frog / Album / Alamy Stock Photo. Image ID:2MBX9N8

Bottom photo: Quinta Brunson in the TV sitcom series ABBOT ELEMENTARY (2021). Courtesy of ABC / Gilles Mingasson.

Tags: 2024 Emmy Awards, Abbott Elementary, Ali Wong, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ayo Edebiri, Beef, Dahmer, Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Emmy Awards, Jennifer Coolidge, Lorene Scafaria, Niece Nash-Betts, Quinta Brunson, SAG-AFTRA, Sarah Snook, Succession, The Bear, The White Lotus, WGA

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As an associate for FF2 Media, Julia writes reviews and features for films made by women. She is currently a senior at Barnard College studying Psychology. Outside of FF2, her interests include acting, creative writing, thrift shopping, crafting, and making and eating baked goods. Julia has been at FF2 for almost 4 years, and loves the company and its mission dearly.
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