Please Give Jennifer Coolidge All The Awards For Her Role In "The White Lotus," Here Are 10 Reasons Why

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If you're on The White Lotus bandwagon, you've had your heart stolen and then smacked around a bunch by Tanya McQuoid, played with absolute brilliance by Jennifer Coolidge.

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This is definitely not her first rodeo, but people are trumpeting mad accolades in her direction with a renewed zest.

Jennifer in leopard print at the White Lotus premiere

Jennifer Coolidge deserves all of that as well as all the awards.

🚨Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead for The White Lotus!🚨

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Viewers really ~resonate~ with Tanya.

So let's dive into some specific reasons why Jennifer knocked her role of Tanya out of the park.

1.She captured every nuance of a complicated mother-daughter relationship.

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Viewers couldn't help but laugh at the ridiculousness of Tanya carrying those ashes around (and sometimes misplacing them), but when she got into the brass tacks of her relationship with her mom, the blend of veneration, horror, scars, and uncertainty was ultimately relatable.

2.Her "core of the onion" speech was heartbreaking, hysterical, and so REAL all at once.

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3.Jennifer dragged herself out of a year of "self-destructing" in lockdown to deliver one of the most memorable performances of the year.

4.She's been playing iconic characters for decades without the recognition she deserves.

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5.Her delivery. Just the way she says things... Even her sighs contain layers and layers of emotional depth.

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Fraught with hesitation, insecurity, and the tenuous power of being a rich, white woman, her turns of phrase speak volumes. Lines like, "Hmm, that's a lot of sugar," followed shortly by, "OK," are inane but perfect — even something as ridiculous as, "Death is the ultimate immersive experience," sounds right from her.

6.She has just the right level of kook: almost over the top, just grounded enough.


Tanya is a character who could have easily gone flying into the ethers with excessive quirkiness, but Coolidge anchors her with heart and a true genuineness behind her often wild words and behaviors.

7.Her interactions with Paula and Olivia.

Tanya sitting on a beach lounger talking to Olivia and Paula

8.The way she makes even the zaniest wardrobe look perfect.

tanya holding a flower print dress up to her body in front of a mirror

I would love to take a couple tours of Tanya's closet. Whether she's decked out in a full-length metallic gown, funeral garb, or tropical fabulous, Coolidge manages to look put together while semi falling apart at the seams.


9.Even when you hate what she's doing, she plays Tanya with such humanity within her flaws that it's hard to totally hate her.

Tanya handing an envelope of cash to Belinda

10.And yet somehow, she's never been nominated for an Emmy or other major award!

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She did snag a 2005 Teen Choice Award for "Best Movie Sleazebag" in A Cinderella Story, but she's been an unsung hero for too long, and it's high time she gets something shiny for her great work (and that brings more nuanced and plentiful roles to come!).

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What do you think about Jennifer's moment in the sun? Let us know in the comments!