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Emmys: Keaton, Lizzo bag their 1st

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 Singer Lizzo has won her first Emmy for her hit show “Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” at a ceremony here in the US.

The star won in a category dominated in recent years by RuPaul’s Drag Race, the BBC reported.

Lizzo was tearful as she collected her award, saying: “When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media. Someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me.”

The show offers plus-size dancers the chance to compete to join the About Damn Time singer on tour.

Series including “Ozark”, “Dopesick”, “White Lotus” and “Ted Lasso’ have also picked up prizes at the show hosted by Saturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson.

It is the first full-scale Emmys since the pandemic. Last year’s ceremony was staged outdoors and had limited in-person attendance.

For the second year in a row, Jason Sudeikis won best leading actor in a comedy series for playing the titular football coach in “Ted Lasso”. His success was mirrored by his British co-star Brett Goldstein, who won best supporting actor in a comedy series for playing Sudeikis’s assistant coach Roy Kent for the second year running.

Fellow Brit Matthew MacFadyen won best supporting actor for his portrayal of ambitious interloper Tom Wambsgans in “Succession”. He said it was a “bonkers gift of a role”.

Amanda Seyfried was named best lead actress in a limited series or anthology for her role as Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout”, which is based on the real-life story of the disgraced biotech entrepreneur.

She beat fellow stars including Lily James (Pam and Tommy), Toni Collette (The Staircase) and Julia Garner (Inventing Anna).

Garner didn’t go home empty-handed however, picking up best supporting actress for her role as Ruth in Netflix crime drama “Ozark” – the third time she has won the award for that role.

Michael Keaton won his first Emmy for his role as a small town doctor in opioid crisis drama “Dopesick”.

There was a muted build-up to the event, with some pre-show festivities called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week. The British Film and Television Academy cancelled its traditional Hollywood tea party for nominees, while the Canadian consulate postponed its celebrations.

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