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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Emmys were workin' 9 to 5 last night



Lily, Dolly and Jane were the highlights of last night's 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. I adore all three of them, and it was so great to see them reunited as presenters (but it is hard to believe that it's been 37 years since 9 to 5). I was disappointed that neither Lily nor Jane won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Grace and Frankie - but I guess Julia Louis-Dreyfus needed a sixth consecutive Emmy for her performance on Veep (she is, of course, fabulous and deserving, but I think six awards for the same role is a bit much).


The other highlight of the evening was a standing ovation for Carol Burnett and Norman Lear, who were the presenters for Outstanding Comedy Series (which went to Veep for the third consecutive year).


The lowlight of the night was the surprise cameo appearance by Trump's former Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who needs to go away and leave us alone. And the runner-up was Jermaine Fowler (from CBS's Superior Donuts) whose frequent screaming as the Emmys' announcer was neither hip nor entertaining - it was just downright irritating.

As for host Stephen Colbert, he was okay. His opening musical number of "Everything Is Better on TV" was fun, but his comedy bits with RuPaul (as "Emmy") and Jeffrey Wright (in a Westworld spoof) were not that funny. I give him and the telecast a grade of B- (but without the 9 to 5 reunion, it would have been a C).


Now here are all the winners (including some from last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards). And my 12 correct predictions are the ones in pink:

Outstanding Drama Series: Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale became the first web television series to win this award.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for the second consecutive year.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live won for the third time (it previously won in 1976 and 1993).
Outstanding Variety Special: Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017
Outstanding Limited Series: HBO's Big Little Lies
Outstanding Television Movie: Netflix's Black Mirror: San Junipero
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Voice won for the fourth time.
Outstanding Animated Program: Bob's Burgers won for the second time.
Outstanding Special Class Program: The 70th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover (FX's Atlanta) won for the first time.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) won for the first time in this category.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale) won for the first time (she should have won an Emmy for Mad Men).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Riz Ahmed (HBO's The Night Of) became the first South Asian man to win an Emmy acting award.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) won for the first time.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin (as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live) won for the first time in this category.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) won for the second consecutive year.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow (Netflix's The Crown) won for the first time in this category.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale) won for the first time.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) won for the first time.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) won for the first time.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live) won for the first time.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) won for the first time in this category.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Gerald McRaney (This Is Us) won for the first time.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid's Tale) won for the first time.
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul Charles (RuPaul's Drag Race) won for the second consecutive year.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover (Atlanta) won his second Emmy of the night and became the first African American to win this award.
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: The Handmaid's Tale won for the first time.
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Saturday Night Live won for the seventh time.
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: The Oscars
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Big Little Lies

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Netflix's Master of None won for the second consecutive year, and Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win this award.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: The Handmaid's Tale won for the first time.
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for the second consecutive year.
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Black Mirror: San Junipero

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