By Erin Clarke
It’s the Monday morning after the 65th prime time Emmy Awards and I have no idea where to go from here. As your TV writer, I couldn’t have been much more wrong than I was, with only 3 guesses correct of the major acting categories, but then again I do not think I am alone in my surprise or lack of winning picks.
Even host Neil Patrick Harris quipped halfway through the ceremony “No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool” and I conquer because I know I didn’t. My correct picks were Breaking Bad winning Best Drama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP, HBO) for Best Actress in a Comedy and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, AMC) for Best Actress in a Drama as VP Selina Meyer and Skyler White respectively, but outside of those ….I got bupkis, nada, zilch, zero right.
I really thought that I was on track for having a winning tally, but not so much. As I was watching the Emmys I was struck by how little a lot of the non-award presentation parts had to do with the awards themselves. I know that awards shows aren’t for everyone but I totally love them all and I find that the TV-centric ones are more relatable than movie awards shows such as the Oscars and the BAFTA Awards. With that said, here are some shockers that took place on Sunday night.
First off, right off the bat was the upset in the category of Supporting Actress in a Comedy…totally going to someone familiar from one of your fave sitcoms, maybe a Big Bang lady…….ummmmm nope that’s not how these Emmys are gonna roll, this panel is not feeling the network comedy ladies but goes with Merritt Wever (I know right, who?) from Nurse Jackie on Showtime. Coming up to the podium and visibly shaking like a leaf I expected a lot of “Oh My God” and “Seriously???” but no, yet again this category has another highlight of the night in Merritt’s speech. If all speeches at these things were that short, that sweet and that sincere I think that awards shows would get a higher viewership.
In keeping with picks that shocked and blew my and my TV addict friend’s picks to smithereens were the Best Actor / Best Supporting Actor in the Drama category. I had Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, AMC) for Best Supporting Actor and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) for Best Actor, and if you watch you know why, if you don’t watch, what the hell is wrong with you and just ask someone who does and I will bet you dollars to donuts they agree with me. I even hedged my bet with the Supporting category and called it for one of 3 actors (Paul, Peter Dinklage and Mandy Patinkin) because I really couldn’t make up my mind and I thought that race was the tightest and toughest, but I had Cranston as a lock for his brilliant, spine chilling portrayal of Walter White. Oh how I was wrong! There was a difference of opinion between myself and the award panel. Bobby Cannavale from Boardwalk Empire (a show that totally lost me in the 2nd season, but appears to have made quite a resurgence) and Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom took home the hardware. Ok, I watch The Newsroom (HBO), I have recommended it to people and I enjoy it on many levels, it`s news-central and current, it`s from Aaron Sorkin and it has a great, complicated and nuanced love story. With all that being said, Jeff Daniels did not do the best work on TV this year. He is great and like I said I enjoy the show but even he looked absolutely baffled at winning, starting off his speech with “Holy Crap”. PS is it just me or is HBO killing it with quality programs for different people and different tastes.
The race of the night was also between 2 bonafide movie stars, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, which is the story of Liberace and one of his lovers. Both men played their parts to perfection. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a guilty pleasure of awesomeness and very, very well done, but I thought Damon was going to come out on top. Again, I was wrong (I’m starting to get a complex), it’s Michael Douglas for the win!
I enjoyed watching Neil Patrick Harris, I have just started watching HIMYM on Netflix and he is definitely a big part of how funny that show is. NPH was funny, quick witted and adorable but the comedic vignette of his co-stars doing a “Hosting Intervention” was a little close to home, he`s been doing a bunch lately as a host but maybe now it’s time to give it back to a Jimmy…..either Fallon or Kimmel will do. Do the winners and losers change your opinion of shows, will you watch something now because it got and Emmy. Let me know what you think, tweet me at erinl_clarke