The 2011 Emmy Awards were given out last night, in a show FULL of music and comedy… but I wouldnt say ‘variety’.
Yes, Jane Lynch sang, yes Jane Lynch had an accapella group announce video montages, yes there was some humour… but overall, the awards lacked the ‘variety’ we’ve seen in previous years. I say this because, unless you were the cast/crew of Modern Family or the Jon Stewart Show… you pretty much stayed seated all evening and head jokes about Two and a Half Men.
Oh and Charlie Sheen himself was there. In Zombie form. Speaking the words of his fledgling PR people who need him in order to provide for their families. He wished teh cast of the new season ‘good luck’. Yawn.
One of the better moments of the night, when all of the nominees for best female lead Comedy, lead by the ballsy blonde Amy Poehler, got up on stage together to receive the announcement of the winner. n a shocking (one of the only) turn of events, Melissa McCarthy beat out the likes of Tina Fey and Edie Falco for the show… Mike and Molly . Wow.
Jane Lynch kept the show moving at a good pace, she had great video segments and a cheeky wit. She also kept it very classy with her wardrobe – many hosts will take the opportunity to wear ‘whatever’ and change as many times as you see a commercial for the new season of Two and a Half Men. But Jane had just a few changes, and wore some great gowns for the occassion!
Modern Family won a lot. Like, an insane amount. It’s the 30 Rock circa 2009 of this year. It took awards for everything, acting, writing, directing… and deservedly so. Great to see a truly funny family comedy get its due… it really is in a class of its own when it comes to sitcoms, particularly this year.
Another story, perhaps overshadowed, Steve Carrell in his final season of The Office (once an Emmy darling) was snubbed for lead actor, the award was given to Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory. Another very good choice,in my opinion – have you heard the script that guy has to deliver every week?
Here’s the full list of winners:
— Drama Series: “Mad Men,” AMC.
— Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS.
— Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV/NBC.
— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.
— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “Justified,” FX.
— Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims, “Friday Night Lights,” NBC.
— Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
— Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS.
— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Writing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Directing, Comedy Series: Michael Spiller, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel.
— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
— Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.
— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.
— Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.
— Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
I’m sure the reviews of the evening will pour in, especially regarding the host. I think the host is asked to be entertaining, to pay tribute to a years worth of TV work, and to effortlessly direct the flow of the evening. I think Jane did that, she was flat at times, but overall she delivered.