Oh, right. The Emmy Awards happened over the weekend. That’s something notable that we should probably mention here. Of course, it wasn’t notable enough for me to actually watch the thing. Did you?
I’ll do the Oscars and even the Golden Globes, but that’s about the extent of the awards-show viewing I can take. For pretty much anything else, I find it sufficient to read a run-down of the winners afterwards. I understand that Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year. Did that bring any life to the proceedings?
I’m actually pretty shocked that ‘Mad Men’ didn’t win a fifth consecutive Best Drama Series award. Given the Emmy voters’ proclivities, I expected the same show to win year after year after year until it finally went off the air. Instead, Showtime’s excellent freshman series ‘Homeland’ took home the trophy. (That’s a first for the network.) I approve of this. Other nominees included ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
In fact, ‘Homeland’ also swept up further wins for lead actor Damian Lewis, lead actress Claire Danes, and writing.
The other drama acting categories were less surprising. Best Supporting Actor in a Drama went to Aaron Paul in ‘Breaking Bad’ (his third nomination and second win for the same role.) Maggie Smith took Best Supporting Actress for ‘Downton Abbey’ (her second consecutive win).
Guest spot trophies were awarded to Martha Plimpton for her turn in ‘The Good Wife’ and Jeremy Davies for ‘Justified’.
‘American Horror Story’ went into the evening with 17 nominations, but walked away with only two wins. Jessica Lange took Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. (The category rules for this are very weird. This show’s second season begins in October, and Lange will be in it again.) Amusingly, the show also won Outstanding Hairstyling in a Miniseries or Movie, no doubt for Lange again.
Things were duller in the comedy categories, where the very blasé third season of ‘Modern Family’ claimed its third consecutive win over much better shows such as ‘Veep’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and (at least arguably) ‘Girls’. Also in the mix were ’30 Rock’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’, but neither really deserved to be there.
Fortunately, ‘Veep’ managed to score a win for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as lead actress, much to the whining of Lena Dunham fans everywhere. Lead Actor, on the other hand, went to Jon Cryer for the dreadful ‘Two and a Half Men’. This was Cryer’s second win (the last in 2009) out of seven nominations for the role. I can’t fathom why anyone likes this show.
The Best Supporting Actor in a comedy was Eric Stonestreet for ‘Modern Family’ (second win, third nomination). Best Supporting Actress was Julie Bowen for the same show (also second win, third nomination).
See the official Emmys web site for the full list of winners and nominees.