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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Heart-less Déjà Vu Emmy Awards



Well, I guess Emmy voters were not that impressed with HBO's wonderful adaptation of The Normal Heart. Thank God it won Outstanding Television Movie, but if the Emmys hadn't separated the Miniseries and Television Movie categories this year, I bet Fargo might have received the award, leaving The Normal Heart to go home empty-handed. Writer Larry Kramer, director Ryan Murphy, and actors Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts all deserved to win in my opinion.



Now let's move on to another gripe of mine. Last night while I was watching the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, I got a disappointing case of déjà vu as so many previous winners won yet again. Here is a list of the repeat winners:

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family (for the fifth consecutive year)

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad (for the second consecutive year)

Outstanding Variety Series: The Colbert Report (for the second consecutive year)

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program: The Amazing Race (for the tenth time)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory (for the second consecutive year and the fourth time)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep (for the third consecutive year; she also won in this category in 2006 for The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad (for the fourth time)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife (for the second time)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven (she previously won for American Horror Story in 2012 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell for Modern Family (for the second time)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad (for the third time)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad (for the second consecutive year)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Modern Family (for the fourth consecutive year)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis C.K. for Louie (for the second time)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Colbert Report (for the fourth time)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Saturday Night Live (for the fifth consecutive year)

Now I did correctly predict three of the above to win (the pink categories) - the fabulous Ms. Margulies and the Louie episode both deserved their awards, while The Amazing Race is pretty much a no-brainer. But I really wish that Emmy voters would spread their accolades around and give some other worthy nominees a gold statue instead of just handing them out to the same folks every year. I love Modern Family - but it doesn't need to win for FIVE years in a row! And although I adore Ms. Louis-Dreyfus, who has five Emmys on her mantel (including one for Seinfeld), poor Amy Poehler has none. Yeah, I know, life isn't fair, but I've always admired Candice Bergen, who - after receiving her fifth Emmy for Murphy Brown in 1995 - declined any future nominations for that role (and her show ran three more seasons).

I still have a lot more to complain about, so let's move on to other highlights and lowlights of the Emmy telecast:

Host Seth Meyers was okay with his pleasant, low-key manner. His opening monologue wasn't that hilarious, but I did laugh at his Duck Dynasty VCR joke. However, presenter Jimmy Kimmel, who was the host in 2012, was funnier.

Also, Seth, not every introduction of presenters has to be funny. This annoying practice reached a low point with his "Messing Parsons" introduction of Debra Messing and Jim Parsons.

I assume the producers of the telecast were trying to be cool and hip with their music, but I just found it to be weird and irritating.

I don't need to see "10 Minutes to Julia Roberts" at the bottom of my TV screen in order to keep me watching. Instead those stupid messages made me want to change the channel - but I didn't.

Best Comedy of the Night: Seth and Billy Eichner interviewing New Yorkers on the street was hilarious.



Best Comedy Runner-Up: Bryan Cranston planted a big wet kiss on Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she went to accept her award, causing her to finally remember that he was indeed on Seinfeld years ago.



Worst Comedy of the Night: Presenter Stephen Colbert bombed with his dumb imaginary friend routine.

Worst Comedy Runner-Up: A close second was "Weird Al" Yankovic's musical number of TV theme songs - it just wasn't funny.

Brightest Dress of the Night: Kate Walsh's YELLOW gown.

Actor Who Is Aging Well: 59-year-old Scott Bakula wins this category for the second year in a row.

Hottest Guy of the Night: Presenter Adam Levine looked mighty fine.

I wasn't offended by Sofia Vergara's comedy bit on the turntable pedestal. She's a beautiful woman with a great sense of humor - and people just need to lighten up. But if it will make everyone feel better, next year Matt Bomer can stand on the pedestal.

The "In Memoriam" segment was nicely done with Sara Bareilles' performance of "Smile" and Billy Crystal's heartfelt tribute to his late friend, Robin Williams.



Below are the rest of the winners whom I haven't already mentioned - and my grade for this Emmy Awards telecast is a C-. It wasn't the worst ever, but by the end of the night, I felt like I had just watched a repeat of the 2013 awards. Come on, Emmy voters, shake things up next year and vote for some new shows and actors!

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: True Detective

Outstanding Variety Special: AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Miniseries: Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Fargo

Outstanding Special Class Program: 67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers

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