Natasha Lyonne has overcome some dark times: arrests, drug addiction, and an eviction by Kenya Moore-hating Michael Rapaport. It seems as though she’s gotten her life and career back on track. There is only one thing Natasha hasn’t gotten yet: the ability to clap like a normal human being! Natasha must have went to Nicole Kidman‘s School of Clapping for Weirdos and graduated with honors. It didn’t help that she was dressed like a grandmother from the 1970s who needed extra big reading glasses to help her try to see which way her hands were going. A hot look, in other words.
That headline was a little redundant. Because this picture of Gwendoline Christie arriving at the Emmys last night looking like Jesus Christ’s older, cooler sister Julie is telling you everything my title did and more. Of course the fashion from last night’s ceremony was extra as hell. Even before all the celebrities arrived, things were over-the-top. Nothing says, “Brace yourselves for fashion!” like making everyone stand and pose in front of a gold, glitter-covered anti-slip bath mat.
Last night Patricia Arquette took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Dee Dee Blanchard in The Act. Based on her look for the evening, I was half expecting her to end her acceptance speech with a shout-out to the inspiration for the cult she recently joined, Her Lord and Savior Nancy Meyers. Instead, Patricia – much like her fellow blonde-haired actress Michelle Williams – turned the spotlight onto a marginalized group who could use a little extra exposure.
And no, Billy Porter didn’t make Emmy history for taking out dozens of heads with his bedazzled Hankerin’ For A Hunk O’Cheese-on acid hat. Billy made history by being the first openly gay black actor to win Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role in FX’s Pose.
During his speech, Billy Porter preached about self-acceptance, he quoted James Baldwin, worshipped at the feet of gay TV overlord Ryan Murphy, and then showed love for his mommy by calling her the most resilient woman he’s ever known. And like me, it seemed like his mom, who was there with him, melted even though she was probably secretly pissed at him for nearly taking out her eye several times with that rhinestone-lined shoe horn hat of doom.
The Michelle Williams who is not black and not in Destiny’s Child is still just as beloved at the cookout after last night Emmy awards. After Michelle won the Emmy for Lead Actress In A Limited Series for playing Gwen Verdon on FX’s Fosse/Verdon, she used her acceptance speech time to bring up the plight of women and equal pay, specifically how hard it is out there for women of color. Michelle Williams, come collect your to-go container with extra biscuit!
Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner presented at the Emmys last night, because let’s face it: unless the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences creates a category for Outstanding Attempt At Making Salad Eating Look Compelling, presenting is as close as Kim and the Koven are going to get to holding an Emmy award. But little did we know that as Kim took the stage, she wasn’t just bringing out her sister, but also a side-splitting comedy routine too.