He SAID: Emmy Highs and Lows

Christopher M. Enis

The 66th annual Primetime Emmys was held on a Monday this year. Something about football and NBC and contracts… it’s all very complicated. It was interesting to me because the last time the Emmys was seen on a Monday, people were wearing bellbottoms and my Mom had a crush on Dave Starsky.
Late night talk show host and first time Emmy show host Seth Meyers wasn’t too shabby. He kept the pacing pretty brisk (the show ended right before 11pm… which is about as rare as Congress making nice with President Obama). The highlight of the night was easily Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to the late comic great, Robin Williams.

The rest of the show went a little something like this:

Top 3 Best Moments:

US-ENTERTAINMENT-EMMY-PRESS ROOM1. Last month, when Emmy nominations were announced, I knew that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ odds of winning a 3rd consecutive Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy series was as sure as saying that water is wet. Not only did she win, she also showed why she’s one of the best at making people laugh. She executed a beautiful set up with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who once guest starred as a love interest of her Elaine Benes Seinfeld character.

2. Julianna Margulies winning Best Actress In A Drama Series: I’ve been clear about my love emmy2for The Good Wife’s past season – and the primary reason was Margulies’ portrayal of Alicia Florrick. Her work was enough to set her apart from from formidable contenders like Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Claire Danes (Homeland),Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Kerry Washington (Scandal)). Margulies’ win this year was no fluke; she absolutely deserved it.

emmy33. The Best Actor In A Drama Series category had to be one of the tightest in Emmy history. One could have made arguments to justify any one of the nominees.

Honestly, the only thing that would have prevented Breaking Bad’s Cranston from taking home his 4th Emmy this year for his role as Walter White, would have been him being arrested for actually being a drug kingpin in real life. And even then, I’m not sure that would have been enough.

Top 3 Worst Moments:

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1. “…there were dramas submitted as comedies.”—Seth Meyers.
Whoever allowed Orange Is The New Black to be in the Comedy category… c’mon Son! Spare me the “Dramedy” arguments. It’s a depressing woman’s prison show! I know you’re a Drama series, you know you’re a Drama series, your MAMA knows you’re a Drama series… but you opted to be in the Comedy category? Really? Okay, I hope you had fun watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Modern Family, Louis C.K. and Chuck Lorre snag all your awards. The irony that there was nothing funny about being shut out in the Comedy genre hasn’t been lost on me.

2. “What a wonderful time for women on television.” These were Julianna Margulies’ first vergara.0words in her Emmy acceptance speech, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Then “Sofia Vergara On A Revolving Pedestal” happened. Vergara was a good sport (she also defended the skit) as she played along, showing off her curves while she was being slowly spun around on that pedestal as the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences read off dull copy about the state of television. While it wasn’t as in your face (like, say the previous evening’s MTV Video Music Awards) it’s still sexist. That is not cool man… not cool at all.

3. Snubs at any awards show are to be expected, and the Emmys aren’t immune. One of my all time favorite shows is Mad Men. This consistent, classic television show stays in the Emmy running in some shape or form. But year after year it comes up short in the major categories. Other critical favorites like House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black (hey, I may think it’s in the wrong category, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show) suffer the same fate. This year, my sure bet to win the best Comedy series was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Veep. But it was flat out robbed by Emmy voters’ blind devotion to ABCs Modern Family (which put forth what may have been its worst season yet).

emmy5But the WORST indignity may be the complete shut out of the wonderful Tatiana Maslany. The woman portrays (on average) three different characters/clones, on the series Orphan Black. She’s portrayed more than 10 clones over the course of the series, and done it very well. She has made believers out of many a fan, critic and people giving out awards…except Emmy. The Emmy voters treat Maslany as if she’s radioactive. This gifted actress doesn’t have to fear being put on a Vergara pedestal, that’s for sure. I’m not even suggesting that Maslany deserved an Emmy for her role(s), because that would have been a uphill challenge this season. But in an unbiased voting process, she would have been a shoo-in for a nomination. As it stands now, it is a joke. A sad “oversight” that she hasn’t been recognized by the top television awards show for her phenomenal work.

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