Best Moments From the Awards Show

A night to remember Hollywood’s biggest stars came together to celebrate TV at the 2022 Emmys in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Monday, September 12, bringing the laughs and more.

Host: The big event kicked off Kenan ThompsonMixing hit songs from TV shows Friends, The Brady Bunch, Game of Thrones Stranger Things.

“Well, it’s finally here, folks. TV’s most special night, where the biggest stars on television celebrate other stars on television while all of you watch at home — on television,” Thompson, 44, joked during his opening monologue. “It’s the Emmy Awards! … For everyone in this room, TV is more than just how we make a living. It’s also how our agents make a living.”

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Best Moments From the 2022 Emmys

Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni
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He added: “I mean, if it weren’t for TV, what would we do in our free time? Read books. No one in this room has ever read a book within the past 50 years. TikTok: Are you referring to tiny, vertical television? Or have sex?” Gross!”

The Saturday Night LiveCast member continued to raise eyebrows by making jokes about Netflix, his dig at, and other topics Leonardo DiCaprio‘s love life.

Zendaya‘s here from Euphoria. Zendaya turned 26 last week. Happy Birthday! 26 is a weird age in Hollywood,” Thompson said. “I mean, you’re young enough to play a high school student, but too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio.”

26-year old Disney Channel alum, for her part, kept her face hidden from the camera as her laughter began.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Best Moments From the 2022 Emmys

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The exciting awards show was also a night of firsts — with Sheryl Lee RalphAfter winning her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Comedy Series, she was stunned. The actress’ Abbott ElementaryCast members showed their support at Tyler James WilliamsRalph, 65 years old, walked Ralph to the podium.

“To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your [moment] couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like — this is what striving looks like,” the actress said in her speech, shortly after singing Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” on stage. “Don’t you ever, ever give up on you, because if you get a [costar like] Quinta Brunson in your corner, if you get a husband like mine in your corner, if you get children like mine in your corner, and if you’ve got friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me … thank you!”

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards got viewers talking afterward. Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay Christopher MeloniPretend to be in a kiss position while presenting an Award

Check out Us Weekly’s video above for a complete look at the best moments from the night, including the hilarious back-and-forth between Only Murders are allowed in the BuildingCostars Steve Martin, Martin Short Selena Gomez.