Lizzo and Sheryl Lee Ralph Brought Emotion to the Emmys

Last night’s Emmys were reasonably entertaining.  Nobody got slapped, and Kenan Thompson was a competent host.  Here were some of the highlights:

1.  Lizzo’s show “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” won Outstanding Competition Program, and Lizzo got super emotional during her acceptance speech.  She said, quote, “When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media.

“Someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me.  If I could go back and tell Little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re gonna see that person, but [B-word], it’s gonna have to be you.”  (Here’s the video.)

2.  Sheryl Lee Ralph from “Abbott Elementary” also got the crowd riled up when she won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, by singing part of the Dianne Reeves song Endangered Species.

 

3.  Steve MartinMartin Short, and Selena Gomez from “Only Murders in the Building”  presented an award, and did about two minutes of witty banter, which included Steve trying to sell us a reverse mortgage.

 

4.  Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak from “The Office” also did a great bit while presenting the Writing award for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, complaining about how much harder it was for them to churn out 22 episodes of a sitcom every year.  (Here’s the video)

 

5.  Jennifer Coolidge from “The White Lotus” won for Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.  And when the DJ tried to cut off her speech, she started dancing.   (Here’s that clip.)

 

6.  Pete Davidson was a surprise presenter for Outstanding Comedy Series, which “Ted Lasso” won.  But before getting down to business, he gave Kenan some dap.  “The guy’s been in the zone for the past 30 years, just making us smile, nothing but net, and he’s an absolute treasure and I’m honored to call him a friend.”

 

7.  They saved possibly the most uplifting moment of the night for last:  Selma Blair, who’s totally winning her battle with MS, presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series.  “Succession” won, FYI.  (And Selma is competing this season on “Dancing with the Stars”.)

 

8.  One last, quick note:  The In Memoriam segment did NOT snub Norm Macdonald.  He was included in last year’s video.  But a lot of people are complaining that Olivia Newton-John was left out this year.


Oh yeah, they also gave out some awards.  You can see who won those here.

Outstanding Drama Series:  “Succession”, HBO

Outstanding Comedy Series:  “Ted Lasso”, Apple TV+

Outstanding Limited Series:“The White Lotus”, HBO

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:  Lee Jung-jae“Squid Game” (Netflix)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:  Zendaya“Euphoria” (HBO)

Supporting Actor in a Drama:  Matthew Macfadyen“Succession” (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Drama:  Julia Garner“Ozark” (Netflix)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:  Jason Sudeikis“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:  Jean Smart“Hacks” (HBO Max)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy:  Brett Goldstein“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy:  Sheryl Lee Ralph“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Michael Keaton“Dopesick” (Hulu)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Amanda Seyfried“The Dropout” (Hulu)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:  Murray Bartlett“The White Lotus” (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:  Jennifer Coolidge“The White Lotus” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:  “Saturday Night Live”, NBC

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:  “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, HBO

Outstanding Competition Program:  “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”, Amazon Prime

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:  RuPaul“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

 

(See more at Emmys.com.)