The 2022 Emmys were surprisingly good. I was impressed with host Kenan Thompson and found that he struck just the right tone, which I did not expect. The announcer, Sam Jay, was excellent and kept it moving. The intro montage, featuring a bunch of iconic television show theme songs remixed with choreography, was just impressive and incredible. Overall it was highly entertaining, but honestly I crashed around 9:45 EST because that’s still an hour past my bedtime. These awards shows need to keep it under two hours but you know that’s never going to happen.
The most moving moment was Sheryl Lee Ralph winning Supporting Actress in a comedy series and breaking into song. She sung “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves. I got goosebumps and I cried. She absolutely brought down the house. In her speech she said “Don’t you ever, ever give up on you, because if you get a Quinta Brunson in your corner, if you get a husband like mine in your corner, if you get children like mine in your corner, and if you’ve got friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me—thank you!” Sheryl got a standing ovation before she even got up there and she definitely earned the next one.
Sheryl told red carpet host Laverne Cox that she chose her dress, by designer Brandon Blackwood, because Black is beautiful and “anything but basic.” Also, Sheryl is 65! I thought she was 55 tops, and only because she’s been in the business so long. She’s just the second Black woman to win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series since Jacké Harry won for 227 way back in 1987.
Quinta Brunson was absolutely resplendent in bronze Dolce & Gabbana. I love how the skirt flows like liquid metal from the sequin bodice. It fits her perfectly and she looked amazing. The mesh gloves are a cool touch.
Quinta won Writing for a Comedy Series and she was nominated for her Lead Actress in a comedy too. Abbott Elementary is a smash hit because of her writing and stewardship and this was so deserved. They’re filming the second season now, I can’t wait! My only complaint is that it’s too short at a half an hour but that just leaves us wanting more.
Jennifer Coolidge had another moment when she won Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie, for The White Lotus. She’s actually in the second season although it’s taking place at another resort. She opened by saying her lavender bath made her bloated and nervous. My favorite part was when she danced to the music playing her off. You know they switched it to something funkier for her!
Jennifer is in Dolce & Gabbana, and as much as those guys are problematic a-holes they did a decent job dressing people last night. This gown is striking.
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I say D&G was decent, not great, because Kaley Cuoco’s D&G gown was a Barbiecore ballet dancer snoozefest with a tulle mullet and floral appliques down the front. Kaley was nominated for Lead Actress, Comedy for The Flight Attendant, which went to Jean Smart. More on Jean in another post! Kaley made her red carpet debut with her new beau, Tom Pelphrey.
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