Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmys 2013: That's a Wrap

Another year, another Emmy ceremony, only this year's was a curiously somber event, with the "in memorandum" segment stretched throughout the ceremony. Below, we'll take a look at the good, the bad, and the weird at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy awards.

THE GOOD


  • Surprise winners all around! Tony Hale and Merritt Wever broke up the Modern Family monopoly on the Supporting categories in comedy, and Jeff Daniels came out of nowhere to claim Best Actor in a Drama Series over Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis (last year's winner), and Hugh Bonneville. These are the things that make Emmywatching fun.
  • Winning streaks broken! In particular, The Voice took home Best Reality Competition Series, becoming only the third program to win and interrupting The Amazing Race's continued dominance. And The Colbert Report (deservedly) won Best Variety Series, bringing an end to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's 10-year reign at the top.
  • The network formally known as American Movie Classics - that's AMC - became the first cable network to have two individual programs win Best Drama Series, with Breaking Bad joining Mad Men in that winner's circle this year. Yes, that even includes HBO, which, despite multiple nominations, only ever won this category for The Sopranos.
  • 30 Rock says goodbye with one last win for Writing for a Comedy Series, going to Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield. Plus, Gail Mancuso won Directing for a Comedy Series, so it was a great night for women behind-the-scenes in comedy.
  • Though the opening bit with previous hosts was kind of a drag, it was worth it for the cutaway to Kevin Spacey, in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood, explaining to the camera that all was going according to his plan.

  • Merritt Wever's acceptance speech: "Thanks so much! Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go, bye."
  • Tony Hale accompanying Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the stage for her Best Actress in a Comedy win, whispering in her ear just as his character does on Veep.
  • Edie Falco's tribute to James Gandolfini and Rob Reiner's to Jean Stapleton: completely justifying the decision to do such tributes throughout the show.
  • Bob Newhart's standing ovation.
The bad and the ugly after the jump.

THE BAD


  • The random dance number in the middle of the show, as well as the even-more-random presentation of the Best Choreography nominees. The only thing saving the former was Neil Patrick Harris' energy and Nathan Fillion singing.
  • Some things remain inevitable: Modern Family won a fourth consecutive Comedy Series Emmy, despite being up against much-better shows. Look, I still enjoy watching Modern Family, but I wouldn't call it the best comedy on television. I'm not even sure it would make my top 20.
  • No love for the beautiful Top of the Lake.
  • There were several great selections for Best Actress in a Miniseries/Movie, and they went with...Laura Linney for The Big C: Hereafter, which I didn't even know was a thing until the nominations were announced in July? Was this to make up for not giving her the Actress in a Comedy prize back when the show debuted (she was considered the frontrunner, but Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly won)?
  • CBS' shameless plugging of their fall schedule, which was to be expected, but they really hammered it hard this time.
THE UGLY
  • Look, I acknowledge that Cory Monteith's passing was tragic. He had a lot left to live for, and his career was only just beginning. But was it really necessary to have a special tribute for him and not, say, Jack Klugman, Larry Hagman, or Annette Funicello?
  • How awkward everyone looked standing in the green room next to Shemar Moore, who seemed to get increasingly intoxicated as the night went on.
  • For the second year in a row, Mad Men went home with absolutely nothing.
Below is a partial list of winners, based on my post of the nominations. The complete list of winners can be found here.


BEST COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Tony Hale, Veep

BEST DIRECTOR OF A COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family, "Arrested"; directed by Gail Mancuso

BEST WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock, "Last Lunch"; written by Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, Homeland

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

BEST DIRECTOR FOR A DRAMA SERIES
House of Cards, "Chapter One"; directed by David Fincher

BEST WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Homeland, "Q&A"; written by Henry Bromell

BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Behind the Candelabra

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

BEST DIRECTOR FOR A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
Behind the Candelabra; directed by Steven Soderbergh

BEST WRITING FOR A MINISERIES/TV MOVIE
The Hour; written by Abi Morgan

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