The thing we will definitely remember about the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is that it went to Jodie Comer for her excellent turn in Killing Eve. But what we cannot forget is that on her way to present the award, Gwyneth Paltrow moved across the stage with a walk so delicate it seemed like her body would fall apart if she moved any faster — just limbs in danger of dropping right the floor if she loosened her posture even the slightest bit.
Clearly we’re dealing with a wardrobe issue here. Paltrow obviously did not select her dress with mobility in mind (unlike Viola Davis, who wore sneakers during her presenting bit). The combination of heels, a sleek skirt with apparently rigid fabric, the hand stuck clutching the garment so as to allow her feet room to move, and the long shawl that needed to stay in place all amounted to a kind of binding around the actress. The abbreviated steps, the motionless shoulders, the single swinging arm — it’s like watching a cyborg in beta test make her awards-night debut. But of course, Paltrow maintained an unflinching smile during the entirety of the long walk, because a professional knows how to adapt. Let’s take a look at that full video again and celebrate with the memes of the internet.