The Top GIFs and Clips From the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards

Members of the Television Academy — class is in session!

From “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph’s unforgettable acceptance speech, to Jennifer Coolidge dancing to her walk-off music, this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was another memorable night for Hollywood full of moments that will go down in Emmy history.

As always, GIPHY was in virtual attendance for this year’s ceremony covering every moment live on the official Emmys GIPHY channel.

Want to know which moments made an impression? Here are some of the top GIFs and Clips from the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Most-Viewed GIFs: Jean Smart, Selma Blair, Sheryl Lee Ralph

Live television can be the stage for some surprising and poignant moments (see: Michaela Coel’s moving 2021 Emmy acceptance speech) and this year’s list of most-viewed GIFs feature some of the best surprises from this year’s ceremony.

For starters, veteran actress Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for her role in “Abbott Elementary.” This moment of Ralph composing herself before delivering her acceptance speech was the third most-viewed GIF from the night, with 6.5 million views as of Wednesday.

Actress Selma Blair was met with a standing ovation when she showed up to present the final award of the night, top drama series. Blair has been living with multiple sclerosis since being diagnosed in 2018. This moment from her surprise appearance was the second most-viewed GIF of the night with 9.4 million views.

“Hacks” star Jean Smart won the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for a second year in a row. This GIF of a shocked Smart was the most-viewed GIF of the night with 10 million views.

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Coolidge and Zendaya

Several Hollywood mainstays also made waves at this year’s Emmy Awards.

“The White Lotus” star Jennifer Coolidge won this year’s Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.

During her acceptance speech, Coolidge faced a time-old foe — the awards-speech countdown clock — and made the best of an awkward situation by dancing along with the walk-off music.

This GIF from that moment was the sixth most-viewed GIF of the night with five million views.

Zendaya also won big at the 2022 Emmys, taking home the award for lead actress in a drama series for the second time and making history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy in the category twice. Zendaya also made history as the youngest person ever to win two Emmys.

This GIF of an excited Zendaya was the eighth most-viewed GIF of the night with 4.3 million views.

Here’s a Clip from her acceptance speech:

Mayor of Television, Kenan Thompson

“SNL” star and self-proclaimed “mayor of television” Kenan Thompson made a splash as this year’s host and gifted us with countless GIFs and Clips.

Here are some of the best GIFs and Clips from his tenure as this year’s Emmys host:

“From Netflix and chill to Paramount+ and eating dinner alone.”

“No, that’s not right.”

“Stand up for Oprah Winfrey!”

Kenan Thompson’s opening dance number

“If it wasn’t for television, what would we do with our spare time?”

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