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With the coveted 75th edition of the Emmy Awards behind us, the least we can say is that it was an eventful night. After a long wait due to the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild strikes, the award show finally returned on the 15th of January after being initially scheduled for September. This year’s host was none other than Emmy-nominated actor and Black-ish star Anthony Anderson. Here are some of the greatest moments of the long-awaited night.
Anthony Anderson’s Incredible Monologue
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Anderson performed a half-sung monologue to honour the last 75 years of television – echoing the 75th year for the Emmys. It was truly a night of reunions and nostalgia, with cast members from Cheers, Grey’s Anatomy, Martin, and The Sopranos reuniting onstage to present various awards.
Christina Applegate’s Standing Ovation
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Among the most heart-warming highlights was Christina Applegate’s standing ovation. In 2021, the actress revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis that left her in need of a cane. Applegate didn’t hesitate to put the audience in their place, joking that they were teasing her by standing up and that they didn’t need to clap at everything she did.
Succession & The Bear’s Expected Success
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While all the winners of the night were deserving of their success, it was still quite the predictable night with the last season of Succession and the new hot series, The Bear, gathering most of the awards – with six wins each!
Beef’s Unexpected Success
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One pleasant surprise was Steven Yeun and Ali Wong’s 10 episode-Netflix production Beef, which managed to beat some of the year’s most-loved shows, including Daisy Jones and The Six, and Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, with eight wins, including both lead actor categories.
Niecy Nash’s Heartfelt Speech
The controversial Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story gathered a number of wins, with Niecy Nash winning the Supporting Actress in a Limited Series award. Her heartfelt speech touched many, with her accepting the award “on behalf of every black and brown woman who has gone unheard, yet overpoliced”. She also took the time to thank herself for believing in herself, a statement that rendered rapturous applause from the crowd.
Elton John Becomes an EGOT
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Among the most special moments of the night had to be the Elton John win, for which he was sadly not present, but finally earned him his EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner). John thus became the 19th artist to win EGOT.
John Oliver’s Hilarious Speech
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Finally, winning Best Scripted Variety Series was John Oliver, who thanked his writers and his lawyers, “who are always angry with us”, before trying to name every player on the Liverpool football team until Anthony Anderson’s mom told him off – leading to him immediately and comedically stepping off the stage.