Emmy’s 2022 Review

On the evening of Sept. 12, the Emmys returned for its 74th year on the channel of NBC. Viewers who had Peacock were also able to watch from home. It aired at 5 p.m. for those in California, but 8 p.m. for eastern time.

This year, Kenan Thompson, most well known for his appearances on “Saturday Day Live,” was given the opportunity to host the awards show. It was hosted live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and featured many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. It ran for a running time of about three hours.

To begin the show, Kenan Thompson led a dance number to many of television’s most famous songs. It began with the classic theme song of the sitcom, “Friends,” and then moved on to showing the “Original Brady Bunch” cast. They were also able to appeal to the younger audiences by reenacting a scene from “Stranger Things.”

After that, the first announcer stepped on stage, being none other than the iconic Oprah Winfrey. She gave an award to Michael Keaton for being the Lead Actor in a “Limited or Anthology Series” and was the same actor who starred in “Dopesick.” This was his first Emmy he ever won. 

Throughout the night, Thompson was able to add many jokes to keep the audience entertained. He found it fitting to mention Leonardo DiCrapio’s dating life problems and Neflix’s issues with debt. Alongside him, he had help from his DJ, Zedd, and the announcer Sam Jay, who is one of the writers for SNL.

Many other stars took home awards, including Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso” for the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The show, “Ted Lasso,” also won the Outstanding Comedy Series award. SNL was the Best Variety Talk Series and the Governor’s Award was given to Geena Davis for her work with the Institute on Gender in Media.

There were also many records set during the night, including the Grammy winner, Lizzo, earning her Emmy award for her reality series, “Watch out For the Big Grrrls.” She now has earned half of the EGOT title. Zendaya once again won the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her show, “Euphoria,” making her the youngest second-time Emmy award winner. She went against top competitors such as Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Oh.

To end the night, “Succession” won the award for the Outstanding Drama Series. One can also not forget to mention the music loudly playing over Jennifer Coolidge when giving her speech, and Selena Gomez and her costars from “Only Murders in the Building” completely roasting each other. Cheryl Lee Ralph started her speech with a heartfelt song that left the audience feeling truly awed.

It was a night to remember for both those who attended and those who had the pleasure to watch from home. Until next year!