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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Emmys: The Good, the Bad and (Finally) Jon Hamm



Well, it only took eight consecutive nominations for Mad Men's Jon Hamm to finally - and deservedly - win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at last night's 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. But better late than never (and that's his co-star January Jones in the above photo).



As for the show itself, host Andy Samberg was cute and charismatic, and his opening musical number was a lot of fun. But his monologue was one of the worst I've ever sat through - so awkward and rarely funny. However, some of his later comedy bits were quite amusing, so he wasn't the worst (or best) host ever. And did I mention his charismatic cuteness? Even when his jokes fell flat, he was still nice to look at.



Now let's move on to other highlights and lowlights of the evening (the pink categories are the 11 out of 39 that I correctly predicted to win):

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney (Mom) won for the second consecutive year, giving her a total of seven Emmy Awards overall! Last year I complained about so many repeat winners, and although I adore Ms. Janney, it just doesn't seem fair that she has seven and Jane Krakowski has none.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Veep won for the first time.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale (Veep) won for the second time.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Bradley Whitford (Transparent)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: After four years of Modern Family winning in this category, the Emmys gave the award to someone new - Amazon's Transparent.

Funniest Presenter: Jimmy Kimmel, who ate the winner's name from the envelope for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which was Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor (who has never won an Emmy before).



Lamest Comedy Bit: Samberg and Seth Meyers' "World's Best Boss" mug for their former boss, Saturday Night Live creator/producer Lorne Michaels. Sorry, guys, I didn't laugh.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), but this was her fourth consecutive win in this category - while Amy Poehler once again went home empty-handed after receiving her sixth and final nomination for Parks and Recreation.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Voice won for the second time.

This now brings us to the Olive Kitteridge portion of the evening as the HBO miniseries won eight awards, including:

Outstanding Limited Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Richard Jenkins
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Frances McDormand
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Bill Murray
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Regina King won her first Emmy for ABC's American Crime.

Funniest Comedy Bit: Samberg's Emmys Can Kill/Mad Men spoof, in which Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation) was killed by an Emmy, was outrageously dark but very funny.



Hottest Guys of the Night: 51-year-old Rob Lowe and 52-year-old John Stamos must have portraits of themselves in their attics.

Most Classically Elegant Presenter: Lady Gaga

Most Bizarre Comedy Bit: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Tony Hale (Veep) fighting over a can of beans on the red carpet.

Spoiler Alert: Thanks to the Emmy montage of final scenes of departed shows, I guess now I don't have to buy the DVDs and watch the last episodes of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and Nurse Jackie.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for the ninth time.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for the first time.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for the 11th time.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Inside Amy Schumer (Ms. Schumer should be thankful that the Emmys split the Outstanding Variety Series category into two separate ones this year).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale (The Americans)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones for the first time.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones for the first time.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), who won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series last year.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) for the second time.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) became the first African-American actress to win in this category.



I Dig Him, Too: After Samberg jokingly admitted that he was pulling for Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, he said, "I dig that dude" (which made me laugh).

So Nice to See Them: 89-year-old Mel Brooks and actor/comedian Tracy Morgan (who was seriously injured in a bus crash in June 2014) were the final two presenters.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep won for the first time, ending Modern Family's five-year reign in this category.

Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones won for the first time.

Below are the rest of the winners whom I haven't already mentioned - and my grade for this Emmy Awards telecast is a B.

Outstanding Television Movie: HBO's Bessie

Outstanding Variety Special: NBC's The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Outstanding Special Class Program: PBS's Live from Lincoln Center – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the New York Philharmonic

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Outstanding Narrator: Peter Coyote on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Jane the Virgin's Anthony Mendez was robbed).

Outstanding Animated Program: Cartoon Network's Over the Garden Wall

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night) won for the second consecutive year.

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