• Cedric the Entertainer presented on the night from Sunday to Monday the 73rd Emmys Awards.

  • Jean Smart was moved to tears by evoking her husband, actor Richard Gilliland.

  • Kerry Washington pays tribute to Michael K. Williams, Omar in

    The Wire.

  • “Claim your voice,” Debbie Allen tells the women.

  • The hilarious support group for those who don't have an Emmy.

After a 100% virtual party in 2020 due to the pandemic, Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the 73rd Emmy Awards on CBS this Sunday evening with a musical number that parodied Biz's hit Markie

Just a Friend

 in front of 600 participants against a few thousand usually.

Here are the five highlights of the ceremony, broadcast in France on SérieClub.

"Claim your voice," Debbie Allen tells women

With tears in her eyes, in front of a standing room, Debbie Allen (

Fame, Grey's Anatomy

) accepted the Governors' Award 2021. She was the first black woman to receive this award, a sort of Honorary Emmy for the ensemble of a career. She thanked those who have helped her become the “Debbie Allen Who Can Make It Happen”.

“It took a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time,” she said, alluding to how difficult it is for a woman to climb the ranks in Hollywood.

Dr. Catherine Avery's performer in Grey's Anatomy praised the women of Texas and Afghanistan and called on women around the world to let the "moment ring".

"It's time for you to claim your power, to claim your voice, to say your song, to tell your stories," she concluded.

The support group for those who don't have an Emmy

What happens to actors who have never received an Emmy? It was the basis of a sketch in which several well-known stars, including Scott Bakula (

Quantum Code

), Jason Alexander (S


), Zooey Deschanel (

New Girl

) and Alyson Hannigan (

How I Met Your Mother

), take part in a support group dedicated to those who have never received the slightest award, called the “No Emmy Support Group”, led by Emmys Awards master of ceremonies, Cedric the Entertainer.

“I've been on television since 1977,” lamented Scott Bakula and “I still haven't won an Emmy.

Cedric the Entertainer tried to console him by saying that he had been nominated five times and that he had five mansions.

"I would trade one of them for an Emmy," he retorted.

One of the funniest moments of the evening.

Alyson Hannigan recalled that she had never been named.

"Alyson, you should get down on your knees and thank the universe for never being nominated," Jason Alexander remarked to him before counting his many consecutive nominations for



BRB, we have to go to a "meeting."

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- CBS (@CBS) September 20, 2021

Kerry Washington honors Michael K. Williams

Actor Michael K. Williams, who died just weeks before the Emmy Awards, was nominated for his performance in 

Lovecraft Country


Michael K. Williams, the unforgettable Omar Little performer in

The Wire

, did not win his category, but he received a heartfelt tribute from presenter Kerry Washington.

“Michael was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who passed away far too soon,” she said.

“Your excellence, your artistic talent will last.

We love you.


The standing ovation for Jean Smart

Jean Smart received the award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as a declining comedian in HBO's terrific series,


. The actress was also nominated for her performance in the miniseries Mare of Eastttown, where she plays the mother of the heroine, played by Kate Winslet. Jean Smart began his speech by thanking his friends on

Mare of Easttown

. She greeted her late husband, actor Richard Gilliland, who passed away a few months ago. “I wouldn't be here without him,” she said, biting back tears.


was a real treat," said the actress, in front of a standing room, thanking series creators Luica Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs, while apologizing for not being able to attend. at the wedding of Luica Aniello and Paul W. Downs!

Ella ended her speech by thanking her co-star Hannah Einbender, who had lost in her own category earlier in the night, calling her a "natural" talent.

Hannah Einbender was on the verge of tears too.

“They're playing the music, so I have to stop,” Jean Smart said, as T

ime To Say Goodbye

started to play.

“I love you all and thank you all very much,” she concluded, before leaving the stage.

RuPaul's record

RuPaul made history Sunday by winning his 11th Emmy Award for his reality show

RuPaul's Drag Race

, available on Netflix.

He now holds the record for most Emmys awarded to a Black.

A record previously held by cinematographer Donald A. Morgan.


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