The Red carpet is rolled up, the golden statues have been distributed and the speeches have been delivered. The Emmy Awards 2022 wrapped up with both predictable and surprising winners, from repeats like Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) and Jean Smart (“Hacks”) to new arrivals like “Squid Game” and “Abbott Elementary School.”
But beyond the results, the 2022 Emmys, hosted by the ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Kenan Thompson, will be remembered for the times, good and bad, that accompanied the winners. And there were some really wonderful moments on Monday night, and some really terrible ones.
From glorious Sheryl Lee Ralph to awkward break dancing “Brady Bunch,” here’s the best, and worst, of The biggest TV night.
Worst Emmy Moment: Remixed TV Theme Songs
Thompson was doing just fine at the top of the night, sporting a top hat and tails and dropping a few burns on fellow TV fans. (I particularly enjoyed “from Netflix and chill to Paramount + and dine alone”).
For some reason, the opening then turned into a very weird dance recital from your nephew’s high school. Well, at least that’s what it looked like when a troupe of dancers offered interpretive and hip-hop dances to electronic remixes of theme songs from “Friends,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Game of Thrones,” and “StrangerThings”. “It was weird, it was boring and it was so unnecessary. When Thompson later came out with more jokes at the expense of Netflix and Showtime, it was just another callback that a simple opening monologue would have been very well.
Best Emmy Moment: Speech by Michael Keaton
Batman himself showed up to the Emmys in a sleek gray tuxedo, won the first Emmy of the night for Hulu’s “Dopesick,” and set the bar high for the night’s acceptance speech. After teasing Oprah Winfrey, he told a touching, funny and serious story about his family, thanking them “for never making me feel like an idiot”. He also expressed his appreciation for his mistakes. “I’m glad I was laughed at over and over again.”
Best Emmy Moment: Sheryl Lee Ralph Brings the House Down
One of the stars of ABC’s sitcom “Abbott Elementary” Ralph won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and was visibly shocked and shaken by the honor, her first Emmy. She got on stage and opened her mouth and exclaimed song, Dianne Reeves’ 1993 hit, “Endangered Species.” After singing his verses, Ralph reminded anyone with a dream to keep hanging on to someone like “Abbott” creator and star Quinta Brunson. The genuine emotion and power of Ralph’s singing voice and spoken words have provided an unprecedented moment at nearly every recent award show. The Emmys may be a celebration of the best in television, but they don’t often make great television. Rewards clearly needed Sheryl Lee Ralph to fix this.
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Best and Worst Emmy Moment: Jennifer Coolidge’s Speech
The inimitable Jennifer Coolidge won for her universally acclaimed supporting performance in HBO’s “The White Lotus,” and struggled to get her words across when she took the stage. Just when she started giving thanks, the producers tried to play her. Coolidge would not be stopped, shouting over the music that it was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. The music changed and got louder, unfortunately. But still the performer, Coolidge just started dancing. It probably wasn’t the speech she wanted, but it was certainly memorable.
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Best Emmy Moment: Lizzo and the “Big Grrrls”
Is she on her way to an EGOT? pop feeling Lizzo won her first Emmy for her Amazon reality competition series “Watch Out For the Big Grrrls,” and her acceptance speech did not disappoint. “When I was little, all I wanted to see was me in the media. Someone fat like me. Someone black like me. Someone beautiful like me,” she said. And the crowd went wild.
Most Embarrassing Emmy Moment: ‘Succession’ boss rubs shoulders with the monarchy
When HBO’s media empire drama “Succession” took home the biggest prize of the night (Outstanding Drama Series), a repeat of his 2020 win, creator Jesse Armstrong took the opportunity to shave a few beards in his country. of origin, the United Kingdom. “Big week for estates,” he said, referring to the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the estate of his son, King Charles III. He noted that more people voted for “Succession” in the Democratic Emmys than in the monarchy with Charles. “I’m not saying we are more legitimate in our position than him,” he added. “We’ll leave that to other people.” Series star Brian Cox advised his boss to ‘keep it royalist’.
Worst Emmy Moment: Kumail Nanjiani’s Bartender Track
On a night when several winners’ speeches were cut short, it was even more frustrating to see so many unfunny comedy bits and edits squeezed into the long-running show. Unfortunately, Nanjiani’s track with Thompson and Jason Sudeikis as the bad bartender should have been cut. It was only partially redeemed by Thompson’s reunion with her Nickelodeon co-star Kel Mitchell of “Kenan & Kel” fame.
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