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After a “for your consideration” season that somehow seems to have lasted longer than the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (too soon!), the 2022 Emmys are finally here.
Nominees, Hollywood power brokers and frightened publicists once again gathered inside Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, a first since 2019, but we commoners vowed to watch all the action and inevitable Don’t Worry Darling jokes unfold on the medium du jour — using the cable subscriptions we absolutely pay for ourselves and not the log-ins we’ve stolen from our parents.
The last time the TV industry set aside an evening to congratulate itself, Ted Lasso, The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit were the big winners. But a lot has changed in a year. Quinta Brunson gifted ABC with Abbott Elementary, the first broadcast series to stand a fighting chance at major recognition in almost a decade. The Crown entered its royal hiatus, while former Emmy favorite Succession returned after a long break between seasons. And one of 2022’s biggest players in the limited race, The White Lotus, defied its Emmy category by being renewed for a second season. (Your move, Pam and Tommy).
There’s going to be a lot to unpack. So … if you’re watching alone and need some company, if you’d rather trade three valuable hours of your life for a CliffsNotes of evening’s key moments, or if you simply arrived here by some freak accident of SEO, read below for regular Emmy updates. And do feel free to tweet at me, particularly if you guess what time I’m emotionally beaten into having a cocktail. Just don’t call it a live blog.
4:57 p.m. PT OK, I’ll admit that I’d been dreading this until I heard the way Laverne Cox enunciated “Sydney Sweeney” during the E! red carpet coverage. Let’s go.
5:04 p.m. Host Kenan Thomposon is bringing big Diondre Cole energy to this non-monologue, and now I’m wondering if a Jason-Sudeikis-in-a-track-suit cameo isn’t inevitable. But what’s much more exciting, amidst this awkward musical number, is that the producers secured the Friends theme only to shade the sitcom for taking [clears throat] inspiration from Living Single.
5:11 p.m. Michael Keaton nabbing the first win for the night for his work in Dopesick gives the Hulu miniseries a little goose in the main race, but his speech was a tad TED Talky for an opener.
5:16 p.m. Scratch that. Murray Bartlett winning supporting actor in a category where he faced two of his White Lotus co-stars bodes much better for that show coming out on top in the limited race than Dopesick taking it.
5:19 p.m. It’s the first commercial break, and I just realized I didn’t even mention the Oprah Winfrey appearance. Clearly, I’m already broken.
5:26 p.m. The laughter for Thompson’s Netflix jokes isn’t as loud as you’d expect because all of the agents, executives and producers in the audience clearly aren’t sitting close enough to the mics.
5:30 p.m. I’m going to stop reading too much into these individual awards, but
Tom Wambsgans Matthew Macfadyen taking a supporting actor win in a crowded field of Succession co-stars seems prophetic. Absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder.
5:45 p.m. Sheryl Lee Ralph has been a fixture of TV for four decades, and this was the first time she was even invited to the Emmys. What a deserved win. A lot of the sincerity this evening has felt forced — sorry montages of un-nominated shows! — but everything about Ralph’s rousing speech for her work in Abbott Elementary is remarkable.
5:48 p.m. I don’t want to jinx this, but it certainly feels like TV Academy members actually voted for… multiple shows this year. The first six acting awards went to six different series. God bless Schitt’s Creek, but I’m still scarred by that taking six straight awards at the top of the 2020 Emmys. It felt like a glitch in the Canadian Matrix.
5:56 p.m. Just when I thought predictability was dead and that chaos was our new master, Saturday Night Live won best variety sketch show again. Again.
6:01 p.m. In the night’s most dramatic turn yet, John Oliver gets to walk around an NBC-hosted event with his umpteenth Emmy less than 24 hours after flaming the network’s Law & Order franchise for its love affair with the NYPD and policing in general. Dun dun!
6:13 p.m. CeCe Peniston’s “Finally” playing as Jennifer Coolidge ascended the Emmys stage is the greatest music cue in awards show history. But then the producers lost me again when they played her off stage so they’ll have time for another montage of un-nominated shows.
6:15 p.m. Amanda Seyfried wins for playing Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout. You can read about her here.
6:23 p.m. Lizzo winning outstanding reality competition for Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is low-key the biggest coup of the night. This category has seen painfully little turnover since its inception, showering The Amazing Race and then RuPaul’s Drag Race with a ton of trophies, with only a few deviations for Top Chef and The Voice.
6:27 p.m. Seeing the TV Academy chair Frank Scherma make his obligatory appearance reminds of when Conan O’Brien gave him a disruptive standing ovation at last year’s show. No such levity tonight.
6:35 p.m. Geena Davis getting the Governors Award reminds me of how good she was in the third season of GLOW … and of how GLOW was canceled before it could properly end … and how I’ll never recover from that.
6:40 p.m. Seeing Disney-owned stormtroopers and Amazon elves and hobbits appear during this NBCUniversal-hosted telecast makes me think that maybe we really can all get along.
6:44 p.m. With one acting nod and writing and directing both going to creator Mike White, The White Lotus is becoming something of an inevitability for a limited series win.
6:52 p.m. Kel Mitchell reunites with Kenan Thompson. Shut it down. No more awards need handing out. We’ve peaked.
7:01 p.m. Is Garnier trolling the TV Academy with this Mandy Moore Nutrisse commercial?
7:07 p.m. It almost seemed as though the tides had shifted decisively in favor of new blood only in the acting race, but here’s a second win in as many years and seasons for Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis.
7:11 p.m. However, nothing is decided! Quinta Brunson’s writing win for Abbott makes two for the show this evening. That’s heat. Also: what a well-timed Olay commercial!
7:19 p.m. It’s impossible to suggest that there is any sort of plan or narrative to the Emmys or any awards show, but Hwang Dong-hyuk’s directing win for Squid Game feels like voters honoring the mega-hit in one category so the best drama title can go elsewhere without snubbing it. Maybe I’m just cynical.
7:22 p.m. Zendaya marks the second repeat win of the night. She first took best actress in a drama for her work in Euphoria in 2020, but she was on Zoom. It’s so nice to see her accept this award in a room full of hundreds of people.
7:29 p.m. That’s a three-for for two-fors. Jean Smart makes a semi-obvious return to the stage for her work in the second season of Hacks after winning a year ago. She thanks HBO — not HBO Max, the actual platform behind the comedy — which is simultaneously funny and fitting.
7:41 p.m. Jesse Armstrong is regularly cited as the most-admired TV writer by TV writers, so it’s no surprise that he wins TV writing for the third time and also mentions the word “writing” at least seven times during his speech for writing Succession.
7:44 p.m. Just when we thought surprises were over! Lee Jung-jae wins for Squid Game. Anything could (mostly) still happen.
7:50 p.m. *Record Scratch Freeze Frame* I bet you’re wondering how The White Lotus just won outstanding limited/anthology series when it is returning (with winner Jennifer Coolidge playing the same role) for a second season this fall. Well, it’s complicated. Emmy rules state that limited series cannot include any recurring storylines or characters, but the TV Academy made an exception for this one on account of the show’s ensemble-heavy status. Don’t expect them to be so generous with season two. This show will likely now segue to the comedy race.
7:54 p.m. Ted Lasso wins best comedy, in what I suspect signals the end of surprises this evening. In addition to the nod for Sudeikis’ performance, the show nabbed its first directing Emmy.
8:02 p.m. After months of wondering which drama starting with the letter “S” would win — no, not you, Stranger Things – we finally have our answer. Succession takes the final and, if you’re an elitist, arguably most prestigious award of the night. We get no repeat play of CeCe Peniston, as the Succession theme plays while producers frantically try to put a bow on this telecast during the best drama speech. Armstrong makes a poorly received crack about King Charles ascending to the throne, unknowingly giving me the perfect note on which to wrap this up. Full circle, baby! I’m out, but stick around on THR for further Emmy news, analysis and party coverage.
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