Why Emmys 2022 Was Such A Fun Show

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Will Smith was not invited to the Primetime Emmys at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, but what’s an award show without mention of his now-famous slap?

Host Kenan Thompson didn’t make a direct reference to it, but he seemed to hint at it when he saw how Regina Hall, who hosted this year’s Oscars ceremony, was in the audience and said, ‘Surprised she’s at another award show, girl, you brave.’

What really brought on the laughs though, was his dig at Leonardo DiCaprio’s apparent history of only dating girls under 25: ‘Zendaya just turned 26 last week. 26 is a weird age in Hollywood. I mean, you’re young enough to play a high school student, but you’re too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio.’

Zendaya, of course, was among the big winners of the night.

 

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Certainly a euphoric day for Zendaya, as she wins the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria.

This is, in fact, her second win for the actor who plays Rue, a drug addict in the series about high school students and the challenges they face.

Zendaya won her first Emmy for Euphoria in 2020, and was the youngest lead actress winner at 24.

She was also the second-ever Black woman to win the category, after Viola Davis for How To Get Away With Murder.

 

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Lee Jung-jae wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Squid Game, the series that captivated the whole world! He’s seen here with Squid Game Director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who won the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series for the series.

 

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Jean Smart wins the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Hacks for the second time in a row.

 

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It was a big night for Jennifer Coolidge, as she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for The White Lotus, and she had a whole lot of people to thank for it. So even when the music tried to drown out her long acceptance speech, Coolidge tried to continue before finally, she was cut off.

 

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Sheryl Lee Ralph sang her way to the stage to accept the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for Abbott Elementary, leaving everyone in awe of her voice.

The 65-year-old actor became the second Black woman to score an Emmy in the category after Jackée Harry’s 1987 win for 227.

 

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Julia Garner accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award for Ozark. This is Julia’s third Emmy, but she says her character Ruth in Ozark ‘changed her life’.

 

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Kumail Nanjiani and Nicholas Braun share a table with Matthew Macfadyen, right, who won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in Succession. This is the British actor’s first Emmy.

 

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Succession was one of the big winners of the night along with Ted Lasso.

Brett Goldstein wins the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Ted Lasso, which is about an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team.

 

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Amanda Seyfried won her first Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for The Dropout.

 

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With Ted Lasso winning the Outstanding Comedy Series, lead actor Jason Sudeikis took the stage to announce its third season.

 

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Brian Cox, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Matthew Macfadyen, J Smith-Cameron and Nicholas Braun accept the Emmy for Succession, which won in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

Show creator Jesse Armstrong couldn’t help but comment on King Charles III’s succession after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and said, ‘Big week for successions. New king in the UK. This for us. Evidently, a little bit more voting involved in our winning than Prince Charles.’

Brian Cox, who was born in Scotland, added, ‘Keep it royalist, keep it royalist.’

But Armstrong was not done yet.

He added a last punchline: ‘I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is. We’ll leave that to other people.’

 

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Will Arnett and Jimmy Kimmel‘s act didn’t go down too well with social media.

Arnett told the crowd that this was the ’13th time in a row that he’s lost and he just got into the skinny margaritas back there’, as Kimmel lay on the floor.

Why that went wrong was that Kimmel lay there, even as Quinta Brunson took the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary.

He lay down throughout her speech.

Brunson laughed it off.

 

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Lizzo got the audience cheering for her during her acceptance speech for the Outstanding Competition Program for Watch Out For The Big Grrrls: ‘Someone fat like me. Black like me. Beautiful like me.’

 

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Oprah Winfrey handed the first award of the night to Michael Keaton for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie award for Dopesick, and he delivered a beautiful speech: ‘My folks weren’t exactly patrons of the arts. We weren’t patrons of anything, frankly. But I want to thank them. I just want to thank all those people in my family for never making me feel foolish because I went on to do that several times myself.

‘That’s the thing about feeling foolish and making a fool of yourself and making mistakes, there’s huge power and merit in that.

‘I’m glad I made a fool of myself over and over and over again.’

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