Bill Hader, Jason Segel, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Allen White and Martin Short competed for the honor at Monday's 75th annual Emmy Awards
On Monday, the 32-year-old actor — who leads FX's The Bear as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a fine dining chef running a Chicago sandwich shop previously owned by his late brother — picked up his first Emmy at the 2023 honors for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
"I am so proud, I am so full of gratitude, to be standing in front of you all," White said while accepting his trophy at the 75th annual Primetime Emmys, thanking the "beautiful cast and beautiful crew" of the show.
"Thank you to all those who stayed close to me, especially this past year," added the actor, whose wife Addison Timlin filed for divorce in May after over three years of marriage. "Thank you for believing in me when I had trouble believing in myself."
The Bear has been good to White so far. He's won two Golden Globes and two Critics Choice awards for the part already.
Costars Ayo Edebiri and Ebon Moss-Bachrach also picked up Emmys for their roles in the series on Monday.
The show also turned White into a reluctant internet boyfriend. "What do I say to the internet? Thanks for watching. I don't know, I'm flattered," he told PEOPLE at the November premiere of his movie The Iron Claw. "It surprises me, truly."
Still, White added, "I'll take it!" I'll take what I can get!"
White's 2023 nod was the first Emmy nomination for the actor, who took home the 2024 Golden Globe for best performance by a male actor in musical or comedy.
In HBO's dark comedy, Hader plays the titular hitman who enrolled in the comedy class of a washed-up acting teacher (Henry Winkler). The series finale ended with Winkler’s Gene Cousineau killing Barry.
“I remember saying it’d be really interesting if Cousineau killed Barry with that gun,” Hader, 45, told TheWrap of a thought he first had for season 2. “And then that was kind of it. I made a mental note of it, so from that point on there are a lot of specific close-ups of it, always tracking where that gun is knowing that it eventually killed Barry.”
The actor has shared how he related to Barry’s mental health struggles. "When I was on Saturday Night Live I would get panic attacks pretty frequently," Hader told PEOPLE in 10. "You know Barry has a panic attack and you go, 'I know exactly what that feels like.'"
Hader has earned a total of 29 Emmy nominations over the years, and Barry received a 11 this year alone, including recognition for the show in the outstanding comedy series category, as well as nods for supporting actors Winkler, 78, and Anthony Carrigan, 41.
Segel, 43, earned his first Emmy nomination for Apple TV+’s Shrinking, which followed a grieving therapist breaking the rules by getting unprofessionally blunt with his patients exactly after the death of his wife.
"One of the things our show exposes is that, 'Oh, we're all mess,'" Segel told Yahoo! Entertainment. "Like even the person you think is your authority, they're a mess when they go home, too.'"
Segel has admitted he struggled to find satisfying work after his previous gig on a hit sitcom.
“I had a big existential crisis when How I Met Your Mother ended, about my relationship to work because at some point I was like, really winning work,” he told Vanity Fair. “I had this little period where I could do anything I wanted. And I was very unhappy, and I couldn't figure out why. So when How I Met Your Mother ended, I spent a long time, like five years, trying to figure out my relationship to work in a way that would be sustainable for me and interesting for me.”
Sudeikis, 48, found himself in the awards season mix often over the years for paying an American college football coach who became a professional soccer coach in England in Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso,. Season 3 saw Coach Lasso decide to return to the U.S. to be with his son after leading the AFC Richmond team to success.
“It does help, yeah,” he said. “I’m not learning about parenting on Wikipedia. You know, be like, ‘OK, how’s empathy change your life, change your DNA?’ It’s method. I went full method. My training.”
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Season 3 felt a lot like a series finale for Ted Lasso, but Apple TV+ hasn’t commented either way.
“I only did the Boy Scouts for a little bit, but I always loved that notion of: leave the campsite better than you found it,” Sudeikis told The Guardian of Ted Lasso’s future. “So if Ted Lasso is the American Mary Poppins, he wants to leave the Banks kids, and probably most importantly Mr. Banks, with the appreciation of flying a kite. And what I would wish for anyone involved with the show is: don’t cry that it’s over, but smile that it happened.”
This marks Sudeikis's ninth Emmy nomination. Ted Lasso received a total of 21 Emmy nominations this year, including nods for the show in the outstanding comedy series, as well as recognition for supporting stars Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Juno Temple and Hannah Waddingham.
In Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, Short plays a struggling theater director who, along with his two neighbors (Selena Gomez and Steve Martin) investigates murders that take place in his Manhattan apartment building and reports the findings on a podcast. Season 3 followed the death of an actor, played by Paul Rudd, working in Oliver’s new Broadway musical and introduced a new love interest for Martin's character, played by Meryl Streep.
Short, 73, has relished the chance to once again start alongside longtime pal Martin, 78.
"We love this," Short told PEOPLE last July. "If you came to set you would see a very loose, happy [atmosphere]. Before you approach, you'd hear laughter first, and that's including Selena. We all like to work with such a joyful exuberance."
OMITB received a total of 11 nominations at this year’s Emmys, including a nomination for the show in the outstanding comedy series category and recognition for guest star Nathan Lane. In October, the murder mystery series got picked up for a fourth season.
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