The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night, and while there were a few surprises and fun moments in the telecast, a lot of the winners were easy to predict. Jane Lynch made an enthusiastic and fun host, and I enjoyed her wry joke delivery and mocking of the evening’s nominees and presenters. One surprise came just a few minutes into the telecast, as the pre-taped opening number saw Lynch paying a visit to the “president of television” – none other than Leonard Nimoy! That was a great nod to the scifi legend.
The entire first half hour of the telecast was dominated by Modern Family, which picked up awards for Best Supporting Actor & Actress in a Comedy (on-screen spouses Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) as well as Writing and Directing. The Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy winners were two of the night’s surprises! None other than Jim Parsons, my beloved Sheldon Cooper, took home the statue. He was adorably not prepared but thrilled nonetheless, as the Emmy favorite was thought to be Steve Carrell for his last season of work on The Office. I’m not complaining, since I adore Parsons and he did win the Golden Globe earlier this year. Three cheers for Sheldon, crown prince of the geeks!
Parsons’ award was presented by Charlie Sheen, who I was appalled to see on stage after everyone he offended in the past year. The audience clearly felt the same, as no one applauded when he walked out. Sheen made an insincere apology to the cast of Two and a Half Men, and I stand by my statement that allowing him to present was poor taste indeed.
The best part of the evening came from the fantastic ladies nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy. They had a clearly-planned Miss America riff, as Amy Poehler burst from her seat the moment her name was announced and frolicked up on stage. The rest of the ladies in the category followed suit, and it was a treat to see the women in this powerhouse category rooting for one another. Melissa McCarthy won for her work on Mike & Mollie, which I now need to start watching. I loved her in her Gilmore Girls days, and of course she stole the show in Bridesmaids earlier this year. She was so thrilled to win, it was great!
The drama winners were somewhat predictable, with Julianna Margulies winning for The Good Wife, Kyle Chandler getting some Emmy love at last for his work on Friday Night Lights, Margo Martindale for her take-no-prisoners role on Justified, and Peter Dinklage for Game Of Thrones. Dinklage was the most exciting win for me personally in this category, as I loved his portrayal of Tyrian Lannister. It was a damn shame that Game of Thrones was robbed of the Best Drama Emmy by the perennial favorite, Mad Men. I know many of you out there worship at the Mad Men altar, but I think it’s time to let some new blood win that category.
Some additional notes– Kate Winslet and Martin Scorscese are now three-quarters of the way to their EGOT (both need a Tony to round things out), and Winslet always seems so happy and thrilled to be at these awards shows that my love for her is affirmed whenever I see her win. Also, Dame Maggie Smith won for her work on Downton Abbey, and I was sad she wasn’t there to claim her award. None of the other ladies in that category had a chance. You bow down to the Dame, bitches!
Finally, I was pleased to see that FOX acknowledged Fringe’s existence by having Anna Torv present alongside David Boreanaz. I am still a tad disgruntled over their lack of nominations, as John Noble deserved some love (we could have kicked one of the dudes from The Good Wife out of there) in the supporting actor category. But I digress. Hmph.
And because I’m a chick and interested in such things, I’d like to send out a ‘you-go-girl!’ to actresses Martha Plimpton, Kaley Cuoco, Claire Danes, Kate Winslet, and Glee’s Heather Morris for the hottest looks of the night, and a ‘WTF WERE YOU THINKING’ to Gwyneth Paltrow (Claire Danes’ brow actively furrowed when she walked onstage), Drew Barrymore, Laura Linney, and Katie Holmes. And someone please feed Elizabeth Moss a sandwich. Also, google Alan Cummings’ Emmy garb. I dare you.