Monday, September 24, 2012
Homeland's Damian Lewis wins Hottest Guy at the Emmys
I like Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted last night's 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. He seems like a funny down-to-earth kind of guy who would be fun to hang out with. And although he's no Neil Patrick Harris, Mr. Kimmel was still a pretty good host - and I enjoyed many of the comedy sketches that appeared during the show. However, I often got a feeling of déjà vu while watching the Emmys as many past winners were honored once again. And very few acceptance speeches were that memorable. So I neither hated nor loved the show - it was just okay.
Now here are my highlights and lowlights of last night's Emmys (the pink categories are the seven out of 34 that I correctly chose to win):
Hit-and-Miss Opening: A botoxed Jimmy hiding in the ladies' room had its amusing moments - Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ellen DeGeneres were especially good - but I was confused by the naked girl eating cake on the toilet. And I didn't realize until much later that she was Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO's Girls.
Best Jimmy Joke Runner-Up: "If you're going to the HBO after-party, don't eat the sliders" (in reference to the series, Luck, which was cancelled after horses died on the set).
Best Jimmy Joke: "Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee."
Hottest Guy at the Emmys: Homeland's Damian Lewis (who won for Lead Actor in a Drama Series).
Cutest Guy at the Emmys: There's just something about Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane (and there is a distinct difference between cute and hot).
Best Acceptance Speech: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), who said that he loved the pictures of hairy chests that his fans are sending him (even though he is straight in real life).
Most Annoying Person of the Evening: The off-stage announcer lady who told us the birthplace of every winner - do I really need to know that Louis C.K. was born in Washington D.C.?
Most Annoying Promo: Melissa McCarthy in 7 minutes! 10 minutes to Tina Fey and Jon Hamm! Michael J. Fox in 8 minutes! Oh boy, I better not change the channel or I'm going to miss out!
Best Comedy Sketch Runner-Up: The Breaking Bad Andy Griffith Show with poor Don Knotts being shot.
Modern Family Repeats: I love Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen (who won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series), but next year if the Emmys are going to continue to award this deserving show, I would like to see Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara or even Rico Rodriguez (Manny) win.
Best Cameo: Dustin Hoffman being coached by Modern Family creator Steven Levitan through a line reading from The Graduate.
Best Comedy Sketch: Modern Family's Bad Seed spoof featuring the young actress playing Lily.
Funniest Presenter: Melissa McCarthy, who told nominee Jon Cryer that she wore out her poster of Duckie growing up (a reference to his 1986 film, Pretty in Pink). He then won for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in Two and a Half Men.
Best Moment of the Evening: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler's hilarious comedy bit of "accidentally" swapping their acceptance speeches when Julia won for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Veep.
Comedy Bit That Went On Too Long: 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan pretending to pass out on stage to get people talking on Twitter about the Emmys. Apparently it worked, but it became less funny as it went on.
Best Show I'm Not Watching: I don't get Showtime so I guess I'm missing out on the hottest series of the year - Homeland, which won Emmys for Best Drama Series, Best Writing for a Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Danes).
Worst Haircut I've Ever Seen: Jeremy Davies, who won for Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Justified) - I hope that it's for a role because he looked ridiculous.
Worst Comedy Sketch: Jimmy's personal "In Memorium" with Josh Groban singing.
Best Announcer: I didn't realize until she said "Downton Abbey" during the nominees for Lead Actor in a Drama Series that actress Laura Linney was the one announcing all the nominees.
Hottest Baby Daddy: Actor Hugh Dancy, who's the husband of a pregnant Claire Danes.
Former Hotties Who Are Not Aging Well: 47-year-old Clive Owen and 63-year-old Tom Berenger (who won for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie) - I thought the latter was hot stuff in 1983's The Big Chill.
Former Hottie Who Is Aging Well: 57-year-old Kevin Costner, who won for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Hatfields & McCoys - he's looking mighty fine these days.
Best Bleep: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart while accepting his award for Best Variety Series (and this was the first award of the night that I correctly predicted).
Weird Comedy Bit That I Enjoyed: Jimmy having his parents removed from the theater after he didn't win for Best Variety Series.
Most Deserving Award of the Night: American Horror Story's Jessica Lange for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (I would've pitched a royal fit if she hadn't won - but I still think this series should be considered a drama).
Most Deserving of an Award: The brilliant actors of Mad Men. I can't believe that none of them - including Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks - have ever won an Emmy.
In Memorium: I didn't know that actor Harry Morgan (Colonel Potter on TV's M*A*S*H) died last December at age 96.
He'll Always Be Doyle To Me: Danny Strong, who won for Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Game Change, played Paris Geller's boyfriend Doyle on TV's Gilmore Girls.
Most Memorable Dress of the Night: Julianne Moore was certainly a vision in canary yellow when she won for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her outstanding performance as Sarah Palin in Game Change.
Best (and Only) Standing Ovation: For presenter Michael J. Fox, who is returning to television in a new NBC comedy series next fall.
Best Comedy Series: Modern Family (for the third year in a row)
One Final Criticism: In order for the Emmys to end promptly on time - which they did - winners' acceptance speeches were cut off during the last hour or so of the telecast. This irritating decision only made me long for the good ol' days when the Oscars would last until midnight as everyone got to say as much as they wanted.
Below are the rest of the winners whom I haven't already mentioned - and that, folks, is my review.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Miniseries or Made For Television Movie: Game Change
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Variety Special: The Kennedy Center Honors
Reality Program: Undercover Boss
Writing for a Comedy Series: Louie
Writing for a Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
Directing for a Comedy Series: Modern Family
Directing for a Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Game Change
Directing for a Variety Series: Saturday Night Live
Directing for a Variety Special: 65th Annual Tony Awards
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife