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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Emmys: RuPaul wins (but not during last night's telecast)



After eight seasons of Logo's Drag Race, the fabulous RuPaul Charles finally received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program - and he won! But he picked up his trophy at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which also featured the following categories (I correctly predicted the ones in pink):

Outstanding Variety Special: The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special
Outstanding Animated Program: Archer
Outstanding Special Class Program: Grease: Live
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Inside Amy Schumer
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari (Girls)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria (Ray Donovan)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale (The Americans)
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: A&E's Born This Way
Outstanding Narrator: Keith David on PBS's Jackie Robinson
Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics: CNN's The Hunting Ground

As for last night's 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, I thought Jimmy Kimmel did a good job in his second outing as host. Most of his jokes were amusing - including his opening sketch featuring a Wham! duet with James Corden - and the show moved along briskly. I give him and the telecast a B+.

Now let's move on to other highlights of the evening:

Most Unexpected Appearance: I'm no fan of Jeb Bush, but he was funny in the opening sketch.



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson (Baskets) won for the first time.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), who won for the first time, thanked Hillary Clinton.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Master of None won for the first time.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Transparent won for the second consecutive year.

Best Joke: Kimmel said "Transparent was born a drama but identifies as a comedy."

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) won for the second consecutive year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy for her performance in Veep - but sadly she lost her father last week.

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

Best Mother: Kimmel's mother made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hungry audience.



This now brings us to the O.J. Simpson portion of the evening (I grew weary of hearing his name) as the FX series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, won nine awards (out of 22 nominations), including:

Outstanding Limited Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Courtney B. Vance
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Sarah Paulson
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Sterling K. Brown
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

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

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: AMC's The Night Manager

Best Dress: Lady in red Priyanka Chopra (Quantico)

Outstanding Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Funniest Presenters: Andy Samberg and Kit Harington (I especially liked their Kyle Chandler joke).

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping

Outstanding Variety Talk Series: HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for the first time.

Funniest Guy of the Night: An apple-eating Matt Damon, who poked fun at Jimmy Kimmel after he lost in the Variety Talk Series category.



Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Grease: Live

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Comedy Central's Key & Peele

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones won for the second consecutive year.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones won for the second consecutive year.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, who has received nine nominations, won her fourth Emmy (her third for Downton Abbey) - and Jimmy Kimmel amusingly called her Downton Absent for having never attended the Emmys.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) won for the first time.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) won for the first time.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) won for the first time.

In Memoriam Snubs: How could they forget two Emmy Award-winning actors - Larry Drake (L.A. Law) and Pat Harrington Jr. (One Day at a Time)? And although she never received an Emmy nomination, Beth Howland (Alice) certainly deserved to be included in the tribute.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep won for the second consecutive year.

Best Reunion: NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits presented the Outstanding Drama Series award to Game of Thrones, which won for the second consecutive year.

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