Five points to take away from the 2022 Emmys

This wasn't a year when you had to pick the ceremony's top moment.
Sheryl Lee Ralph's speech was the best moment of the night and one of the best of the Emmys. Possibly?

1. Sheryl Lee Ralph won.


Ralph sang Dianne Reeves' "Endangered Species" a cappella, which is difficult. She spoke rousingly, brilliantly, and encouragingly about never giving up your aspirations and appreciating your caregivers.
With this prize, she became only the second Black woman to win in the category (after Jackée Harry for 227). It was overdue yet welcome.

Jennifer Coolidge was one of the few standouts at this year's Emmys. Coolidge won best supporting actress in a limited series for The White Lotus; after trying to say more, she heard "Hit The Road, Jack" and danced.

2. Less montages and manufactured dialogue, more monologues.

Uninteresting montages and choreographed acts were allowed to remain, even when performed by Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang. Awards show producers seem to think people appreciate the stuff between the awards more than the awards themselves; depending on a speech over another montage is rarely a poor idea.

Ted Lasso and Succession both won their comedy and drama categories. Coolidge and Murray Bartlett won supporting prizes for The White Lotus, and Mike White won directing and writing.

3. Few surprises emerged.

These shows didn't win many prizes. Michael Keaton won for Dopesick and Amanda Seyfried for The Dropout. Lee Jung-jae was the first Asian guy to win main actor for Squid Game. It's the first time someone has won for a non-English performance, but the show's popularity and nominations suggested it would do well.

Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls ended RuPaul's Drag Race's four-win run. Lizzo's win led to a dramatic and joyful statement about representation, a theme of the night.

Even though competition was fierce and sitcoms like Frasier and Modern Family no longer dominated, there were many repeat winners.

4. Repetition persists.

Saturday Night Live won its sixth sketch category (its sole rival was A Black Lady Sketch Show). Succession won drama and Ted Lasso won comedy. Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein won for Ted Lasso.

Nope. Two years ago, Zendaya won Euphoria. Jean Smart won as lead comedy actress for Hacks. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won its eighth consecutive Emmy for outstanding variety discussion series.

It's more an assessment of public reaction than of the show itself, but standards seem to have altered for when a show has won "too much." Back when there were considerably fewer shows to pick from, pressure started to rise when anything notched up five or six victories.

5. New winners need a chance.

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