Disclaimer: Posting some of my old stuff
“I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this award…,” and so it begins.
My complicated relationship with theEmmy Awards started as a young girl, who’d anxiously wait to hear, “and best actress in a drama series nomination goes to….Sarah Michelle Gellar.” The utterance of those words never transpired. A misstep by the Emmys that Entertainment Weekly mention in this article. Every year, I would hope for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and SMG nomination and every year it was like a Christmas where you got all these nice presents, but never the one you really wanted. Due to the Sarah Michelle Gellar and Buffy snubs I’ve always been a little bitter when it comes to the Emmys. Despite that and the continuous snub of the Fringe cast, that was also mentioned in an EW article(stop playing games with my heart Emmys) ,I thought the show was very well executed this year.
After the unimpressive Academy Award show, in February, award shows took a downward spiral in terms of quality and enjoyment. The MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAS) achieved a less eventful show than previous years. The Golden Globes was unmemorableand the Grammys became completely forgotten. Justifiably, there was neither anticipation nor excitement for the rest of the award show season. Then the Emmys happened.
Some of the highlights of tonight’s show were:
The musical opening & monologue: When the Emmys started the show with a musical performance the frustration began and the statement “not another musical number” was spoken. Contrary to expectation, the musical number, oddly, added an element of fun. Jane Lynch and others mocking themselves for singing saved the opener from following in many other shows path and just doing a cheesy musical number. Instead, the host and company prevented it from being that by inviting the mockery. The opening monologue used safe jokes that only produced a chuckle. However, Lynch’s, compared to many other ones this year it, wasn’t the worst. The Mad Men cast offered the best lines and efforts during the monologue.
Jane Lynch as host: The show continued to improve as it went on. Jane Lynch did an excellent job as host. She managed humor without controversy, which is always hard (ask Ricky Gervais). She’s not the best Emmy host of all time but she gave a solid performance. I was pleasantly surprised.
The Lonely Island’s performance: How crazy was that? Michael Bolton, long hair or no long hair, continues to amaze. “Jack Sparrow”, the very catchy anthem for cinephiles, proves its musical genius status by getting the audience and viewers dancing to very weird lyrics. The surprise guest appearance by John Stamos, Maya Rudolph and Ed Helms became the best part of the mash up, especially with them dressed in the same costumes Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Andy Sandberg wore on the original skit. This was one of the best moments because it showed that an award show can be conservative and hip. Take notes Oscars. There is still a cringe factor remembering the Oscars attempt at this by allowing James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host it….awkward.
The Best Actress in a Lead Comedy Series monologue: Along with the audience, viewers were confused when Amy Pohler ran on stage then other nominees followed. By the time the third nominee ran on stage most caught on to the joke. This moment increasingly triumphed as the best moment of the night when the nominees did their best beauty pageant faces, priceless. Finally, when underdog Melissa McCarthy won it was like a win for all underdogs and that gave this part of the show a more powerful element, one beyond the laughs and straight to the heart.
Jane’s joke about The Entourage cast: The joke doesn’t have the same hilarity factor repeated. One of those “you have to be there to get it” moments, but for those who enjoyed the live broadcast without a doubt those were probably the funniest lines spoken the entire night. If someone has the desire to hear it again just youtube it and enjoy.
Modern Family wins big: Modern Family continues to become one of the most beloved comedies by critics and viewers alike; therefore, I expect it to receive no awards (call back to early Buffy and Fringe rant). But it won best comedy series second year in a row. It also won five other major categories. Well-deserved Modern Family, well deserved. The creators’ speeches exemplified the essence of the show by talking about familial embarrassing funny moments, which proves family humor is the best humor.
Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet win: I watched Mildred Pierce last night in preparation for the Emmys. The original version is far superior to the remake. However, no one can doubt that Winslet and Pearce gave two magnificent performances. It was equally enjoyable hearing Pearce’s embarrassing sex speech. Boys and their bringing up sex at award shows, just stop it. But really don’t.
The Underdogs win: Every underdog could hold their heads in glory last night, because it really was the year of the underdogs. Besides Melissa McCarthy having an unexpected win, so did Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Chandler from his Early Edition days, so I watched in admiration as he gave his speech. Though I’ve never seen an episode of FNL (I’m not a fan of football shows), I know Chandler is amazing in it. His award was well deserved and a long time in the making. Peter Dinklage and Margo Martindale, who many of us have seen in a various shows and movies, but never really knew their names, won two major awards for supporting cast this year against some more well-known actors. This came as a shock to several but both of them deserved it. Downton Abbey winning against more discussed Mildred Pierce and The Kennedys miniseries was a shock and delight. Barry Pepper winning, I don’t know if it was a surprise, but he’s also one of those actors many have seen in numerous films and hasn’t gotten awarded for his talent. Congrats to all the underdogs, just when they count them out they come back swinging with vengeance, or at least giving better television performances than others.
Ricky, Ricky, Ricky: Ricky Gervais is an acquired taste. People in Hollywood seem to hate him but he has a pretty huge fan base. At least he’s big in Britain and that beats American success, right? His monologue was classic Gervais and that made it hilarious, but he may be deported if he doesn’t make any friends in Hollywood soon.
The Office skit: Probably the best skit of the evening, which made it bitter sweet when Steve Carell still didn’t receive an Emmy for his final season as Michael Scott on The Office. That’s okay, he has plenty of Dundies.
Red Hot: On a fashion note, all the red was breathtaking. Kate Winslet’s looked stunning in her simple red dress that flattered her figure. Seeing so many starlets in red gave the show a much needed sex appeal, stepping out of the usual award show colors of blacks, gold, silver, lavender and less bright colors like those. The red kept it classy but fun.
In conclusion, the Emmys showed that award show can appeal to the younger generation and keep its pride and class. Stay classy Emmys. Stay classy.
Overall Grade: B+