Sheryl Lee Ralph Makes Emmy History With Abbott Elementary Win – The Hollywood Reporter

Sheryl Lee Ralph won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at Monday night’s 2022 Emmys and made history.

The Abbott Elementary School the actress was nominated alongside Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Hannah Einbinder (hacks), co-star Janelle James (Abbott Elementary School), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso), Temple of Juno (Ted Lasso) and Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso).

Stepping onto the stage, an emotional Ralph began singing a verse from Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” as the audience gave him a standing ovation.

Ralph continued, “To anyone who’s ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t come true, couldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you this is what it’s like. the belief – that is what is striking. looks like. And never, ever give up, because if you have a Quinta Brunson in your corner, if you have a husband like mine in your corner, if you have children like mine in my corner, and if you have J’ have friends like everyone who voted for me, encouraged me, liked me, thank you, thank you, thank you!

With the win, which marks Ralph’s first Emmy, the actress is only the second black woman in history to win in this category. In 1987, Jackée Harry became the first black actress to win in the category after winning for 227. Until this year, she was considered the only black actress to win in the category.

“Winning my Emmy was a career highlight, but it was also a lonely experience,” Harry wrote on Twitter after Ralph’s Emmy moment. “For 35 years, I was the only black woman to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. But that all changes tonight…and it’s full circle! #Emmys.

Prior to the ceremony, the TV Academy offered nominees the opportunity to organize their thoughts and gratitude before taking the stage to give winners the opportunity to “speak from the heart and not feel pressured to remember say all those important names when you’re in the spotlight while giving your acceptance speech.

Ralph said THR that his strategy was to thank the backstage supporters who make the show happen: “I just wanted to make sure that I thanked everyone at ABC, thanked everyone at Warner Bros. and thanked everyone at Disney. It’s so easy to overlook the people who literally support this show that we don’t see.

The 2022 Emmys aired live Monday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on NBC and Peacock. Kenan Thompson hosted.

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