Emmys latest | Murray Bartlett wins for ‘White Lotus’

LOS ANGELES — The latest from the Emmys (all times local):

The Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series went to Murray Bartlett for “White Lotus.”

This is the 51-year-old Australian actor’s first Emmy and first nomination.

In “White Lotus,” he plays an initially suave concierge at a Hawaiian resort whose guests he has to cater to drive him to drugs and madness.

“Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life,” Bartlett said on stage to series creator Mike White, who was caught on camera sipping a glass of wine.

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The Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series went to Michael Keaton for “Dopesick.”

The first award given out Monday night was Keaton’s first Emmy, the 71-year-old former “Batman” actor who was nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for his role in “Birdman.”

“I have to tell you, all the fake smiles I’ve been doing make my face hurt,” Keaton said after accepting the trophy from first host Oprah Winfrey.

“You have about 90, don’t you?” he asked her.

On Hulu’s “Dopesick,” Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, a doctor on the front lines of America’s fight against opioid addiction.

Host Kenan Thompson wore a top hat and tail as he kicked off the 74th Emmy Awards.

“It’s me, the mayor of television,” Thompson said Monday night as he walked among the nominees and other audience members in the garden of the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

“Tonight, we come together to pay homage to the greatest invention in human history, television,” said the longtime “Saturday Night Live” actor. “What would our time be doing without TV? Reading? No one in this room has read a book in the last 50 years.”

He then led the group through a series of synchronized dance moves, including TV theme songs from Friends, Game of Thrones, The Brady Bunch and Law & Order.

Nominees and other Emmy-goers are heading to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, where the show is just minutes away.

The room was laid out like a garden, and most of the theatre’s orchestra seats were removed and replaced with dozens of tables for the nominees and their guests. Window panels provide views of the Los Angeles skyline, and six large trees surround the perimeter of the room. Small white lamps hang from the ceiling, interspersed with ferns.

There isn’t any of the social distancing that marked last year’s pandemic-restricted programming.

“The bar here isn’t real. It’s a set. Don’t touch this at night,” producer and writer Chris Spencer told viewers as he announced the show’s rules before the telecast began. A full false bar ceiling was set behind one of the stages.

Ben Stiller isn’t worried about being banned by Russia.

“I’ll take it,” the actor-director told The Associated Press on the Emmys carpet ahead of Monday’s ceremony. “It’s ok.”

“I’m a UNHCR goodwill ambassador,” Stiller said, referring to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “There are more than 100 million displaced people around the world. So all of them have the right to a home, to be able to go home and be welcomed.”

Stiller was answering questions about Russia’s sanctions against 25 Americans last week, including him and actor Sean Penn.

Payne and Stiller have been outspoken critics of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Penn is an activist who is actively involved in relief efforts.

—Jill Dobson at the Emmy Awards.

“Abbott Elementary” nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph made a fashion faux pas before arriving at the Emmys.

“A designer gave me and my co-star the same sketch of the same dress,” she said, spotted on set when Lisa Ann Walter showed Ralph what she wore to the awards show got it.

“I didn’t have a gown until five days ago, so Brandon Blackwood stepped up. He was in Japan and started rendering the gown on his Pacific flight,” Ralph said.

Ralph was radiant in a black velvet strapless gown with an orange interior and a slit at the upper thigh. She carried a small orange purse.

How hot is it on the Emmy bonus carpet? It was so hot that men in suits were pushing a wheeled cooler full of bottled water along the carpet, moving deftly among the sweaty stars and stopping frequently to grab and dispense cool drinks. Star is sipping water through a straw.

Kerry Washington was wearing a little dress, but in a maxi dress, with her hair pulled up and away from her face. Emmy host Kenan Thompson moved quickly along the carpet and into the Microsoft Theater to get ready for the show. “Sorry, we can’t stop,” a trainer shouted as a somber Thompson strode past.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Thrones” actress Cynthia Ardai-Robinson is in her first Emmy. Masks are not required, but a COVID-19 test is required.

“I think people are eager to celebrate. I know I am. We’re still used to parties and parties,” she said.

A blast from the TV past hits the Emmy bonus carpet.

Eve Plumb walks the carpet with Christopher Knight, who played siblings Jan and Peter in “The Brady Bunch.”

“We were very surprised and very happy,” Plumb said of being asked to appear on the telecast.

“It’s an honor,” Knight added.

Reruns of their shows, which aired on television in the early 1970s with only three channels, were in stark contrast to today’s streaming services.

“I don’t think it’s for one audience. It affects a lot of people,” Knight said. “You have more chances to catch up on something 10 years from now and become a huge fan. Old content will be a huge success thanks to streaming.”

– Beth Harris at the Emmys (@BethHarrisAP)

“Severance” star Britt Lorre was one of the early arrivals to the Emmys, wearing a shimmering Venetian beaded gown with matching elbow-length gloves.

“It feels like I want to wear outer space. I appreciate fabrics, and my mom is a home economics teacher. I feel good,” she said.

On a muggy afternoon, the stars began to arrive in downtown Los Angeles. Temperatures were in the low 80s, but it was unusually wet with the remnants of a tropical storm that blew through over the weekend.

Early arrivals include actress and writer Natasha Roswell, actor Tony Scharhub and actress Laura Linney.

Comedian Emily Heller had a great time posing for the camera as she turned around to reveal the “Kick Me” sign on her back, with paper stuck to her shoes.

— Beth Harris at the Emmys (@bethharrisAP)

Emmy host Kenan Thompson and the show’s producers promised a feel-good event — a phrase that doesn’t apply to several of the top-nominated shows.

Best drama contenders include the violent dystopian “Squid Game,” and the bleak workplace satire “Severance” and “Succession,” about a powerful and brutal family. Even comedy nominee “Ted Russo,” the reigning champion, took a dark twist in storytelling.

But executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart said Monday’s 74th Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. ET) came after several pandemic-hit awards seasons. on NBC, on Peacock) will be grand and festive.

They actually learned from last year’s downsized ceremony and its club-style table seating for nominees.

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