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 SNL star asked before leading a troupe of dancers to remixes of the theme songs from Friends, The Brady Bunch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stranger Things, and Game of Thrones. Never have we ever seen Kenan Thompson step dance in a platinum blonde wig as Daenerys Targaryen.
Best Acceptance Speech-Slash-Song
On Monday night, Sheryl Lee Ralph became the second Black woman to win an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series, and boy, did she celebrate. After being helped out of her seat (and out of her shock) by the cast of her show, Abbott Elementary, Ralph made her way to stage, 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.”
She followed up the song with an impassioned speech about believing in your dreams, and it hit. “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 2022 Emmy Awards on Monday night saw a mix of underdog wins and established shows taking home some of the biggest prizes.
Combined with the previously held Creative Arts Emmys, The White Lotus picked up the most awards with 10 golden statuettes. Euphoria and Squid Game each took home six, and perhaps the biggest prize—best drama series—went to Succession, an industry favorite. (All in all, a very good night for HBO, which won, according to Variety, twice as many awards as last year.) On the comedy side, Ted Lasso came out on top with best comedy series, actor and supporting actor in a comedy series.
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 also won for his work on Squid Game: best lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Seong Gi-hun, beating out Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk.
The last eight years I’ve had the honor of working with the very best onstage and off. Far far more than I deserved. Rhea, thanks for holding my head off the concrete floor. pic.twitter.com/iQ2IYuiPEo
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk) September 13, 2022
The standout moments of the night came when two stalwart actresses won their first Emmys after decades in the industry: Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary) with a win for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy and Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) for outstanding supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.
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. But there were some genuinely surprising, joyful moments. Here’s what you missed if you skipped the broadcast.
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Best Step Performance
Patrick T. FALLON—AFP via Getty ImagesKenan Thompson onstage during the 74th Emmy Awards at
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 SNL star asked before leading a troupe of dancers to remixes of the theme songs from Friends, The Brady Bunch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Stranger Things, and …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment
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