The 68th Emmy Awards took place last night (for those of you who care) and the ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was filled with teary thank yous, excited speeches, and some face-palm worth moments. For me the Emmys are the better award show, not only because the high amount of diversity being represented (something the film world and specifically the Oscars seem overlook), but the quality of TV available for our viewing pleasure is so high. I’m actually happy to see these shows honored.
But as all awards shows go, there were some great moments and some bits we wish would just stop.
The pre-taped open where Kimmel placed himself in the Bronco with Malcolm Jamal-Warner driving, in a mini-van with Modern Family’s Dumphy family, and so on, was dull. The best line came from Julia Louis-Dreyfus (as her President Meyer alter ego) when Kimmel mentioned she was one of three Presidents to be nominated along with President Underwood (House of Cards) and LBJ (All the Way), “LBJ, that was my nickname in my high school Spanish club.”
Jeb Bush (driving around Veep’s Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale) asking Kimmel what it is like to be nominated was quite a nice moment of levity from the politician.
During his opening monologue, Kimmel asked Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson’s date for the evening) “are you rooting for O.J. to win this time?”
Speaking of Marcia Clark, after Paulson took home the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited Series (her first Emmy win!), she apologized to the lawyer stating, “I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial in my judgment, and I’m glad that I’m able to stand here in front of everyone today and say, ‘I’m sorry.’”
Alan Yang, after winning Outstanding Writing for a Comedy with Aziz Ansari, deftly pointed out the lack of representation of Asians in Hollywood and pleaded with Asian parents, “just a couple of you, give your kids cameras instead of violins, and we’ll be all good.”
I was disappointed when Dreyfus took home, yet, another Emmy for her role in HBO’s Veep (the Academy can spread out the love every so often you know), but her speech was hilarious when she apologized “for the current political climate.” Going on to say, “our show started out as a political satire, but now if feels more like a sobering documentary.” Out of all the Donald Trump jokes that night (and there were many), that may have been the best. But the comedian really won our hearts when she thanked her father, who had passed away that Friday. “I’m so glad he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
Kate McKinnon’s thanking Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres in her acceptance speech.
The wife shout outs from the men taking home the trophy were quite funny after Sterling K. Brown in his speech he thanked his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe who is “the hottest chick in the game rocking my chain” prompting co-star and fellow Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance to thank, “the woman that rocks [his] chain,” Angela Bassett. The best was when the two most British men who ever Britished, John Oliver and Steven Moffat, attempted to thank their wives in the same manner, but shrugged and said “I don’t know what that means.”
“Please tell me you’re seeing this, too?”
And the super amazing Tatiana Mossley Maslany winning Lead Actress in a Drama.
Do people still find the “feud” between Matt Damon and Kimmel still funny? This bit has become stale and overused, can these two men just retire that for a while?
As great as it was to see the kids from Stranger Things pass out PB&J sandwiches (that Kimmel’s mother made), can we all just acknowledge it is a sad knock off of the pizza gag from the Oscars a couple of years ago? Is feeding the audience going to be a thing at award shows now?
The only thing that got older than the Donald Trump jokes (yes, we all know he is a buffoon and his nomination makes us want to cry, but do we really need to keep giving him free advertisement like that?) were the O.J. jokes from Kimmel. The first one was funny, Jimmy, but that doesn’t mean you have to continuously go back to that well.
Tina Fey’s face after Bill Cosby (another overused bit that needs to be retired already) was announced as a presenter says it all:
Even though the telecast managed to stay within its three-hour time limit, somehow the ceremony felt like it dragged on and on. Don’t think it escaped my notice the producers rushed all the female nominee’s introductions, but allowed for the men to have a short clip played during there’s. Someone go and get the “Shame” woman from Game of Thrones to follow those guys around.
What was your favorite moment from last night’s telecast? Did your favorite show or actor win? Who do you think had the best acceptance speech? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.