The 2014 Primetime Emmys have been handed out, the champagne has been drained and the women are all slipping into more comfortable shoes.
A solid host, Seth Meyers had a good opening, but some of the later gags feel a bit flat. A bit where nominees asked dumb questions about parking went on too long.
Weird Al did a medley of theme songs which may have been funny, except the songs were way out of Weird Al’s range so it didn’t work. I did laugh when Andy Samberg, dressed as King Joffrey, tried to encourage Game of Thrones author George RR Martin to write the next books faster by giving him a typewriter. George gamely started to pound away during the music number.
While Stephen Colbert apologized for having only 1 woman on his writing staff, feminism took several steps back during the awkward gag where Sophie Vergara showed off her butt for several minutes. On a pedestal.
The funniest moments were actually not from the host, but from Jimmy Kimmel’s teasing of Matthew McConaughy’s winning streak and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ make out session with Bryan Cranston during her acceptance speech.
But let’s get down to business! So who won and who lost?
Repetition was a big winner — most of the awards to previous Emmy winners, particularly in the drama and comedy categories. Yep, the academy wasn’t very adventurous this year.
Being a movie star doesn’t guarantee you an Emmy win as Matthew McConaughy, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts all found out. Kind of funny since Julia Roberts did Broadway a few years ago, expecting to make a big splash and instead got savaged by the critics. Her cringe-worthy presentation of the award for best lead actor drama sort of proved why she isn’t good with a live audience.
Breaking Bad, as expected, went out on top collecting 6 awards including writing (Moira Walley-Beckett), supporting actor (Aaron Paul), supporting actress (Anna Gunn), best actor (Bryan Cranston) and best drama. Kudos to the academy for getting it right!
Modern Family surprised many with a history-making win for best comedy and for supporting actor (Ty Burrell). Looks like the Television Academy is willing to give Netflix some technical awards for Orange is the New Black, but not the major ones yet.
Sherlock also made a big surprise splash with more Emmys than any other show. That’s right, more than Breaking Bad! Sherlock took home 7 Emmys including writing (Steven Moffat), supporting actor (Martin Freeman) and lead actor (Benedict Cumberbatch). It’s as if the TV Academy suddenly decided to watch their Sherlock screeners this year. This last season wasn’t Sherlock‘s best, but it was funner and more lighthearted. (And good enough for the win!)
The Normal Heart lost the acting awards to Sherlock, but it did take home the big prize for best movie. After urging people to be more like Larry Kramer, Ryan Murphy didn’t let Larry Kramer say anything during his acceptance speech. Classy.
But Ryan Murphy should take heart that the women of American Horror Story: Coven took home the awards (Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates), bumping out a very deserving Allison Tolman from Fargo. At least Fargo was recognized for best mini-series and best direction (Colin Bucksey).
I bet HBO was kicking themselves for submitting True Detective as a series rather than a mini-series since there was no stopping the Breaking Bad juggernaut. True Detective’s lone major category win was for direction (Cary Joji Fukunaga). Cary, amazingly, directed all 8 episodes so he definitely deserves some recognition.
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Idris Elba, Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On the Edge
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
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