Netflix and A24’s Beef swept the top categories in limited series or movie, capturing five total trophies, including the top prize.
In addition to acting wins for co-stars Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, Beef captured the awards for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series or Movie as well as directing and writing.
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Speaking on behalf of the production team, creator/EP Lee Sung Jin combined serious and disarmingly sentimental in his tightly paced acceptance speech for the biggest honor.
“A lot of the suicidal ideation in this show was based on stuff that I and some of the folks up here have struggled with over the years,” he said. “I’m really grateful and humbled by everyone who watched the show and reached out about their own personal struggles. That’s very life-affirming, so thank you.”
Broadening out, he continued, “We live in a world that’s trying to kind of keep us separate. … For some of us, when we live in a world like this, we begin to think that there’s no way that anyone can ever understand you or like you, or, much less, you know, no potential empathy or love. So, the greatest joy of working on Beef has truly been working with the folks up here, who loved so unconditionally.”
Lightening the mood toward the end of his speech, Jin declared, “Everything I do is for my three dogs. So, the Federal Drug Administration, if you could please fast-track that anti-aging pill, that would be so lovely.”
Jin’s name is engraved on the two other non-acting Emmys handed out tonight, for outstanding writing and directing of a limited or anthology series or movie. The writing prize was for the episode titled “The Birds Don’t Sing, They Screech in Pain,” while the directing honor was for “Figures of Light.”
Including Creative Arts categories, Beef won eight total Emmys for 2023.
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