All the best (and worst) moments from the 75th Emmy Awards

In case you missed it…

Is there anything better than ‘awards season’?

The Golden Globes were just over a week ago and now the 75th Emmy Awards are well underway. We should note that the Emmys are usually held in September; but this milestone event was delayed four months due to the writers and actors strikes.

In case you missed the 75th Emmy Awards, which were held on January 15 in Los Angeles, read on to see all the best – and worst – moments that happened during the ceremony (you can see the full list of nominations and winners here and the best red carpet looks here).

The Crown‘s Khalid Abdalla made a political statement

Khalid Abdalla, who played Dodi Fayed in The Crown, had the words “never again” written on the palm of his hand during the Emmy Awards. The phrase was in reference to the ongoing Israel Hamas war. The actor has made similiar statements in support of an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas since late last year; for instance, he had the words “permanent ceasefire” written on his hands at The Crown‘s finale celebration and at the Golden Globes last week, he wore a black suit with a white band around his arm.

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Anthony Anderson’s opening monologue was … interesting

Host Anthony Anderson’s opening monologue was a musical performance? We couldn’t help but think, ‘Is this the Emmy Awards or the Tony Awards?,’ during it. Oh and Blink 182’s Travis Barker randomly played the drums during Anthony’s performance. But hey, at least it was better than a sexist Barbie joke

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Christina Applegate received a standing ovation

Christina Applegate received a standing ovation when she came onstage – using a cane – to present the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The actress was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2021, and boy, did the audience support her.

Christina began tearing up when she noticed she was receiving a standing ovation, but then joked, “You’re totally shaming my disability by standing, it’s fine.”

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Elizabeth Debicki loves Jennifer Coolidge “so much”

Jennifer Coolidge won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series thanks to her role in The White Lotus. And The Crown star Elizabeth Debicki – who was nominated for the same award – mouthed, “I love you so much,” when Jennifer made her way to the stage.

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Pedro Pascal explained how he injured his shoulder…

When Pedro Pascal presented the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, he explained why he was wearing a sling. The actor said he recently injured his shoulder and then joked that Succession star Kieran Culkin did it.

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Niecy Nash-Betts gave an incredibly moving acceptance speech

Niecy Nash-Betts’ acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie was magnificent. After thanking her loved ones and colleagues, she then said, “You know who I wanna thank? Me!” Talk about self-love.

Niecy then gave an incredibly moving dedication to Black women who are “underheard and overpoliced” like Breonna Taylor.

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There was a Cheers reunion

The cast of Cheers – Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt – reunited during the Emmys to present two awards together.

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Danny Devito adorably boasted about his wife Rhea Perlman

Danny Devito presented the award for Outstanding Talk Series with the rest of the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast, and they joked that none of them had ever been nominated for their show during its 16-year run.

But Danny then adorably boasted that his wife Rhea has won four Emmys (for Cheers).

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler revived a fan-favourite SNL skit

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on Saturday Night Live (SNL), one of their best recurring skits was Weekend Update – when they acted as news anchors. Tina and Amy revived this skit to present an award during the Emmys and it was both hilarious and nostalgic.

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Elton John became an EGOT

Elton John won Best Variety Special (Live) for his Disney+ variety show Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium at the Emmys and is now an EGOT winner (meaning he’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award during his career).

Elton joins fellow EGOTs Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, Alan Menken, John Legend, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tim Rice, Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Audrey Hepburn, Sir John Gielgud, Helen Hayes and Richard Rodgers.

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GLAAD wins the Governors Award

GLAAD – the non-profit LGBTQ advocacy organisation – was honoured with the prestigious Governors Award at the 75th Emmy Awards for its contributions to the media and entertainment industry in promoting acceptance and fair representation of LGBTQ+ people.

The late Matthew Perry was honoured

Charlie Puth performed a moving, acoustic version of his hit song See You Again while those in the industry who have passed away in the last year were honoured. He then transitioned into the Friends theme song I’ll Be There For You and the late Matthew Perry was honoured.

Kieran Culkin revealed he wants more kids

Kieran Culkin became understandably emotional while giving his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He was visibly tearing up when he thanked his manager, his wife Jazz Charton and their two children. But Kieran then ended his speech by saying to Jazz, “I want more [kids],” and the audience audibly gasped.

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