Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ConDRAGulations: 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards


A day late, I know, but there's still some time to celebrate and remember this past Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards.

As expected, the Academy had a barrage of unexpected decisions which rendered my predictions pretty much useless—8 out of 25 correct, wahoo!—although some of those surprises were way better than what I anticipated (i.e. Kyle Chandler, a Showtime girl not winning Lead Actress in a Comedy, etc). Modern Family pretty much swept the Comedy awards, Boardwalk Empire's anticipated sweep was a dud and Steve Carell will now never have an Emmy for his work on The Office. As always, a weird night.

So before we head full force into the Fall TV season (have you set your schedule yet?), let's take a minute to remember the best moments from the Emmys telecast and wish a hearty Condragulations to the winners:

Memorable Moments:
  • Charlie Sheen comes out for an insincere apology to the cast and crew of Two and Half Men and the world feels awkward.
  • When the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series are being announced, Amy Poehler leads the charge up to the stage where all the nominees stand pageant-style before winner Melissa McCarthy is presented with a tiara and bouquet of flowers.
  • The Emmytones—featuring Joel McHale, Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders and more—awkwardly introduce each of the major categories, something that felt much better suited for the Kids Choice Awards.
  • The Lonely Island performs a very bizarre medley with Michael Bolton, Maya Rudolph, Ed Helms and some "freaking" on William H. Macy. 
  • A pre-taped bit features characters from several shows in the world of The Office. It is way funnier than the past three seasons of The Office.
  • Ed O'Neill and Jon Hamm solidify their places in my heart when they help Margo Martindale up the steps to accept her award.
  • "A lot of people are curious why I'm a lesbian. Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of Entourage." - Just one example of Jane Lynch's fantastic hosting skills.
  • Kate Winslet freaks out when her name is announced for winning Lead Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, most likely because she knows she's now one Tony away from the EGOT.
  • Coach Taylor wins an Emmy. I repeat... Coach Taylor wins an Emmy.

* = correct prediction

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart*
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart*
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race*

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Brian Percival, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey*
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce*
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Outstanding Miniseries or a Movie: Downton Abbey

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, Modern Family
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family*
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire*
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale, Justified*
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men

[Image Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
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