We’ve seen so many winning performances from Norwell’s Jennifer Coolidge over the years, it sure was great to see her finally win an Emmy Award last night. I was so excited to hear my fellow Emerson College alum’s name called as the winner of the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series category, for her work in The White Lotus. HBO’s highly acclaimed series had 5 nominees in the category. Coolidge beat her co-stars Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney Sweeney to take home the trophy. She starts at tormented socialite Tanya McQuoid in the series.
The win was such a great moment, made even better by her reaction to getting cut off during her speech with music. She had such a short time to speak before the button was pushed to play the music. How she handled it was pure, spontaneous comedic genius, in my book. Making lemon drops out of lemons is what Jennifer did. When she first took the mic, Coolidge declared, “I just want to say I took a lavender bath tonight right before the show and it made me swell up inside my dress and I’m having a hard time speaking. This is so thrilling because … I didn’t think it was going to happen.” She awkwardly handled her notes, thanking a few industry friends before the music to play her off drowned her out. That’s when Jennifer proclaimed, “Hold on. No! This is a once in a lifetime thing.” And Coolidge took matters into her own hands. Or hips, as the case may be.