The 2022 Emmys ended up being a middle-of-the-road present — nothing terribly controversial occurred (no, nobody slapped anyone). But it additionally moved alongside at a brisk tempo and included sufficient shifting and humorous moments that it wasn’t a nasty present, both.

Host Kenan Thompson performed it protected, and did a stable job shepherding things along whereas injecting just a few laughs, however nothing too distracting. It was an enormous night time for “Ted Lasso,” freshman ABC comedy “Abbott Elementary” in addition to HBO’s “The White Lotus” and “Succession.”

Brett Goldstein and Jason Sudeikis each received for “Ted Lasso,” and it received for Outstanding Comedy Series, whereas creator Quinta Brunson and co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph each received writing and performing trophies for “Abbott Elementary.” Meanwhile, Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett each received performing awards for “The White Lotus,” and the present received “Outstanding Limited Series. Amanda Seyfried and Julia Garner additionally each took dwelling trophies (for “The Dropout” and “Ozark,” respectively), whereas “Succession” took dwelling the Outstanding Drama Series trophy.

Although it was a staid night time, there was room for real emotion, comparable to Lizzo giving a speech wherein she stated, “When I used to be a bit of lady, all I needed to see was me within the media. Someone fats like me, Black like me, stunning like me,” which bought an enormous applause.

Lizzo onstage winning an Emmy.
Lizzo provides her speech throughout her win for excellent competitors program for “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.”
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And Sheryl Lee Ralph, who cried and burst into track when she received for “Abbott Elementary,” garnering a standing ovation. (She additionally made historical past because the second Black lady to ever win that class). And, there have been just a few amusing moments, comparable to Jean Smart saying throughout her speech (for her “Hacks” win), “And I misplaced a wager, so thanks for the botox.”

Here’s a take a look at the best and worst moments of the night time.

Kenan Thompson sits on an orance couch with an open umbrella onstage.
Kenan Thompson doing his opening dance quantity to the “Friends” theme.
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Best: Kenan Thompson’s opening

Rather than spending his monologue roasting celebs within the room, or feeling the necessity to show how intelligent he was, “SNL” vet Kenan Thompson opted to make some mild jokes about TV earlier than transitioning into some eye-catching dance numbers primarily based on hit TV theme songs of the previous comparable to “Friends,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things.”

It wasn’t precisely a scintillating monologue crammed with memorable zingers apart from a dig on Leonardo DiCaprio, however Thompson’s protected alternative didn’t overstay its welcome, and it set the tone for an lively night time that retains the give attention to TV.

Michael Keaton onstage holding an Emmy.
Michael Keaton delivers his speech for his “Dopestick” win.
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Best: Michael Keaton’s speech

Michael Keaton, 71, has been round in Hollywood for a very long time — however this was his first Emmy win (for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, for  “Dopesick”) and he gave a really healthful speech about how he was enthralled by tv rising up, and his household supported him and by no means made him really feel silly, although they “weren’t precisely patrons of the humanities.”

He additionally added, “Over the years, we’ve all been by powerful instances. I’ve had some doubters. You know what? We’re cool,” which bought an enormous applause from the room. 

Matthew Macfadyen holding an Emmy onstage.
Matthew Macfadyen giving his speech for his “Succession” win.
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Jennifer Coolidge onstage with an Emmy.
Jennifer Coolidge dancing because the play-off music begins throughout her Emmy win for “The White Lotus.”
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Worst: Too many large stars getting play-off music too quickly

When he took dwelling the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Succession,” it felt like Matthew MacFadyen barely bought to open his mouth to ship his speech earlier than the music performed him off — which was odd, since Michael Keaton bought to inform a reasonably prolonged anecdote throughout his win. But, a minimum of MacFadyen had just a few seconds to slide in a reference to his character Tom Wambsgans as a “bonkers reward of a job.”

Similarly, when Jennifer Coolidge won (for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for “The White Lotus,”) the music began enjoying her off earlier than she may get out greater than a short amusing anecdote about taking a lavender bathtub that made her “swell up” in her costume. Visibly distressed and flustered, she protested, “Wait, this can be a once-in-a-lifetime factor!” and proceeded to thank individuals, doggedly speaking over the music. She then began dancing to it, shimmying on the microphone, utilizing the play-off music in her favor, which bought large applause and laughs.

Sheryl Lee Ralph sings holding an Emmy onstage.
An emotional Sheryl Lee Ralph burst into track throughout her Emmy win, to thunderous applause.
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Best: Sheryl Lee Ralph sings

A visibly emotional Ralph burst into tears when she was introduced because the winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for freshman comedy “Abbott Elementary.” Onstage when she went to offer her speech, she belted out the song “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves, treating everybody to a efficiency that bought a standing ovation from the room.

After, she delivered a brief speech the place she stated, nonetheless virtually singing, “To anybody who has had a dream and thought it couldn’t come true, I’m right here to let you know that is what believing seems to be like.”

“Give Sheryl Lee Ralph a Tony for her Emmy acceptance speech, please and thanks,” one viewer tweeted. She additionally makes historical past because the second ever Black lady to win this class (Jackee Harry was the primary, for NBC’s “227” in 1987). 

Best: Reference to the Oscars slap 

The Will Smith and Chris Rock Oscars slap heard world wide was essentially the most dramatic second to occur at an awards present in many years. It’s onerous to tune into the Emmys with out questioning if one thing like that would occur — and when “SNL” forged member Bowen Yang got here out, he and Thompson cleverly joked about it with out mentioning it in so many phrases.

Yang claimed he’s the “backup host” in case one thing goes unsuitable, to which Kenan replied, “What may probably go unsuitable?” Yang defined, “Did you see the Oscars? So many issues may go unsuitable …” Thompson stated, “Is {that a} risk? Because whether it is, it’s a hate crime,” and Bowen completed, “Not if I do it, as a result of then it’s illustration.”

With that joke, they lined quite a bit of the discourse surrounding the Oscars slap (and the racial undertones of quite a bit of the encircling dialog). But, by not spelling it out, additionally they neatly danced round a subject that everybody is drained of listening to about. So, they bought to have their cake and eat it too, winking on the viewers in regards to the slap, with out making a tedious quantity of jokes about it.

Kenan Thompson, Jason Sudeikis, and Kumail Nanjiani during the bit.
Kenan Thompson, Jason Sudeikis and Kumail Nanjiani throughout the bit.
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Worst: The bartender bit

In the center of the ceremony, Kumail Nanjiani joined Thompson for an unfunny bit wherein Nanjiani was performing because the bartender and failing miserably.

“Someone ordered a martini, further soiled, and I spat in it, is that proper?” he requested. Jason Sudeikis additionally briefly joined, however didn’t do something humorous – it was extra just like the visible equal of a reputation drop, simply to point out us somebody humorous was current.

There’s nothing unsuitable with Nanjiani or Sudeikis, but it surely was the sort of pointless, time-wasting bit that plagues awards exhibits. And it caught out since this one was in any other case comparatively free of them.

But, it wasn’t all unhealthy — the bit ended with a cute “Kenan & Kel” reunion, as Kel Mitchell got here as much as the bar to order a “good burger” as a throwback to their ’90s Nickelodeon present, the place Thompson bought his begin, and the 2 males hugged.

Rhea Seehorn attending the 2022 Emmys.
Rhea Seehorn, who was snubbed for “Better Call Saul.”
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Worst: Snubs for some glorious exhibits

Three of the 12 months’s best dramas – “Better Call Saul,” “Severance” and “Yellowjackets” – had been all egregiously snubbed. In one of the classes they had been all up for — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series — “Succession” received as an alternative (and it additionally received for Outstanding Drama Series). In the performing class, Zendaya received for “Euphoria” over Melanie Lynskey for “Yellowjackets.”

It’s not that “Succession” or Zendaya are undeserving, however “Succession” is beginning to dominate in a manner that’s getting boring, whereas “Euphoria” is a present that has questionable writing and allegations of a “toxic” work environment. “Better Call Saul” went dwelling empty-handed after a stellar remaining season, in order that sequence nonetheless has no wins to point out for the 46 nominations it racked up throughout its run.

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