Let me start out by saying this: I thought last year’s Emmy Awards was one of the best awards telecasts I had ever seen. Neil Patrick Harris proved to be a phenomenal host, the event was laid out in a logical fashion, it was entertaining, there were no glaring technical errors, and it wrapped up on time. The only problem? The crop of winners was boring. Kristen Chenoweth aside, practically everybody who won had won already or was so completely undeserving that it still stirs up a white-hot rage just thinking about it (I’m looking at you, Jon Cryer).
So what then of this year? Well, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t as entertaining as last year, but Jimmy Fallon turned out to be a better host than I was expecting. The opening number was a heck of a lot of fun (even if it resulted in an awkwardly out-of-breath monologue afterwards), however a lot of the banter was the worst kind of uncomfortable. But the biggest surprise of the night? The Academy for once decided to switch things up and give the awards to some different people! Amazing!
The most pleasant surprise was the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series going to Jim Parsons. Sheldon is easily the best thing about The Big Bang Theory and it was nice for him to get some recognition (although I just don’t know what Alec Baldwin will do without yet another Emmy). It would have been nice for Steve Carell to win, given that he’s running out of time, but I was more than pleased with how this turned out.
I was also very happy to see Aaron Paul win Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. I’ve only seen the first season of Breaking Bad, but I can tell that the work he does on the show is impressive to say the least, and it’s awesome that the Academy recognized this. I would like to see John Slattery win, but I get the feeling Mad Men will be on at least a little while longer.
On the flip side, Bryan Cranston won again. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Bryan Cranston. I thought the work he did on Malcolm In The Middle was brilliant, and I was thrilled the first time he won for Breaking Bad. But this is now his third straight Emmy for the same role, and that’s boring. I am of the belief that the Academy should impose a new rule to keep it fresh: If you win an Emmy, then for one year you are ineligible to win for playing the same character. Hopefully that would open the door for Jon Hamm… or Michael C. Hall… or Hugh Laurie… jeez, that’s an impressive category.
In disappointing (for me), but still delightful news, Eric Stonestreet won Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Modern Family. The only reason this is disappointing is because Neil Patrick Harris still doesn’t have an Emmy for playing Barney Stinson, and that’s a crime against humanity. But Eric Stonestreet is amazing on Modern Family and it was wonderful for him to get some recognition (and how cute was it that Jesse Tyler Ferguson was crying for him?).
Also great (and gay-friendly) was Jane Lynch’s win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee. It is one of the best characters on television right now, and it is due largely to Jane Lynch’s sheer and utter brilliance and it was amazing to see her win.
In other news, Mad Men won again, which is dull but not surprising. I should probably see Temple Grandin. Al Pacino is terrible at speeches. George Clooney made us feel bad. Edie Falco isn’t funny. Kyra Sedgewick can’t hold an award for 30 seconds. Bucky Gunts! One award presentation is apparently enough for a whole Reality segment. The Daily Show won again denying us a delightfully passive-aggressive acceptance speech from Conan O’Brien. And 30 Rock got snubbed, which is delightful.
Complete list of the winners:
Outstanding Comedy Series
“Modern Family” (2009)
Outstanding Drama Series
“Mad Men” (2007)
Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
“The Pacific” (2010)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” (2007)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad” (2008)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Al Pacino for You Don’t Know Jack (2010) (TV)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie” (2009)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer” (2005)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Claire Danes for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet for “Modern Family” (2009)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul for “Breaking Bad” (2008)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
David Strathairn for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch for “Glee” (2009)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi for “The Good Wife” (2009)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Julia Ormond for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (1996)
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
“Top Chef” (2006)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
“Glee” (2009): Ryan Murphy(“Pilot – Director’s Cut”)
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Dexter” (2006): Steve Shill(“The Getaway”)
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Temple Grandin (2010) (TV): Mick Jackson
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
“Modern Family” (2009): Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd(“Pilot”)
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Mad Men” (2007): Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy(“Shut The Door. Have A Seat.”)
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
You Don’t Know Jack (2010) (TV): Adam Mazer
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality – Competition Program (Previously Announced)
Jeff Probst for “Survivor” (2000)
Outstanding Reality Program (Previously Announced)
“Food Revolution” (2010)
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This post was written by Kyle on August 30, 2010