Emmys Recap: Best and Worst Moments of 2022 Awards

TThe 2022 Emmy Awards Monday Night saw both established and underdog shows win some of the most prestigious prizes.

These Emmys were combined with previously-held Creative Arts Emmys. The White LotusWith 10 gold statuettes, it was the award with which most people were recognized. Euphoria Squid Game each took home six, and perhaps the biggest prize—best drama series—went to SuccessionThe industry’s favorite. It was an excellent night overall for HBO. Comedy: Ted Lasso He won the award for best comedian series, actor, and supporting actor in a comedy show.

Hwang Dong-Hyuk won the Emmy for best directing of a drama series for Netflix’s Squid Game—a show he had been trying to get greenlit for 10 years. Lee Jung Jae won also for his contribution to this show. Squid GameHis portrayal Seong Gi-hun won him the award for best drama lead actor.

Two stalwart actors, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer McMillan won Emmys for the first time in decades.Abbott Elementary) with a win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy and Jennifer Coolidge (It White LotusFor outstanding support actresses in anthology or limited series, or movies.

The evening was stuffed with too many comedy bits that didn’t quite land and too many speeches cut unnecessarily short to make time for them. There were many truly joyful and surprising moments. Here’s what you missed if you skipped the broadcast.

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Perform at the Top of Your Step

Kenan Thompson onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at (Patrick T. FALLON—AFP via Getty Images)

Kenan Thompson at the Emmy Awards at 74th

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In his opening performance, host Kenan Thompson gave a whole song and dance—literally. “What sound fills us with more joy and anticipation than the familiar opening refrain of legally cleared TV theme songs?” the SNLBefore leading a troupe to perform remixes from the theme songs, star was asked Friends, Brady Bunch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stranger ThingsAnd Game of Thrones. We have never seen Kenan Thompson dance with a platinum blonde hairstyle as Daenerys Targaryen.

Slash the Song: Best Acceptance Speech

Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for

Sheryl Lee Ray accepts the Outstanding Supporting Artiste in Comedy Series Award for “Abbott Elementary”.

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Sheryl Le Ralph, the new president of Sheryl Lee Ralph, was elected Monday night. second Black womanTo win the Emmy award for best supporting actor in a comedy show, she was thrilled. She was helped to her feet (and her shock) by her cast. Abbott ElementaryRalph got her on the podium, with eyes and hair jewels glistening. After a beat of silence, she launched into song: “I am an endangered species,” she belted from Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species.” “But I sing no victim’s song. I am a woman, I am an artist, and I know where my voice belongs.”

After the song, she gave a passionate speech about believing that your dreams are possible. “To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” Ralph said. “This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you.”

The most predictable wins (but also deserving)

Julia Garner wins her third Emmy for her role on 'Ozark' (Myung J. Chun—Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Julia Garner is awarded her third Emmy nomination for her performance on “Ozark.”

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We know two things with absolute certainty: the Emmys are coming every fall and Emmy votes will raise their favorite Emmy nominees. That’s what it looked like this year. Last Week Tonight With John OliverFor the seventh consecutive year, winning Outstanding Variety Talk Series SNLJulia Garner won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for sixth consecutive year, and she also took home her third Drama Supporting Actor Emmy. OzarkBrett Goldstein was awarded best supporting actor in comedy series. Ted Lasso again. These are not bad choices, but there is nothing particularly thrilling.

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The Most Unusual Production Options

This year, for the first time, the Television Academy offered nominees the option to submit their thank-yous ahead of time—a whole 350 characters’ worth of them. Although not all nominators took up the Academy’s offer, those that did scrolled down the bottom of their screen news ticker style. Although it allowed them to share more fascinating things than simply a list, they were able to do so in combination with complaints like failing to mention nominees’ previous wins and the table service happening during the show made for a production that was perhaps less than smooth.

Onstage, Best Refusal

Jennifer Coolidge was a comedian and character actor who won her first Emmy Monday night for the portrayal Tanya McQuoid. The White Lotus. She won, and she also used her speech time to tell the audience that she took a lavender bath prior to the ceremony. swell up inside her dressand experience difficulties speaking. (Her perfect first six words: “Hey, hi, wow, thank you, gosh!”) How dare the Academy try to play her off stage! Coolidge was true to her tradition and danced along with the music.

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Lizzo accepts an Emmy for

Lizzo receives Emmy nomination for “Lizzo’s Watch out For The Big Grrls”.

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Singer, rapper and songwriter Lizzo also picked up her first Emmy—for outstanding competition program for her show Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls—on Monday, bringing her one step closer to an EGOT, which the internet was quick to point out. The “About Damn Time” artist has also won three Grammy Awards, meaning she is now halfway to the landmark set of four awards. Engulfed in a glorious sea of red tulle, she teared up while giving her speech about wanting to see herself represented when she was a child: “You gonna see that person, but bitch, it’s gonna have to be You!” she joked.

Celebrities basked in her light:

The Best and Safest Outfit

Bill Hader was a two-time Emmy Winner. He arrived to Monday’s awards show in a chic black tuxedo paired up with the accessories of the night, a black KN95 Mask. Hader was noticeably one of the only guests in attendance to wear a mask, something Twitter users were quick to point out and laud—especially given that the comedian was seated next toHenry Winkler, 76 years old.

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Kenan Thompson was the host. Abbott Elementary took all of their “Emmy marketing money and used it to buy supplies for public school teachers.” In an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air last spring, creator Quinta Brunson said that the show’s production team and network decided to direct its marketing money toward supplies for teachers. “It’s about being able to make those kinds of decisions that really excite me,” she said at the time. “things that can really materially help people.”

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