August 30th, 2010 by thetvchick
The Emmys are like the Superbowl for television fans. It’s a good thing I didn’t bet on it though, because I probably would have lost. In any case, the telecast was a pretty successful one. By far, my favorite part of the night was the opening number featuring Jimmy Fallon singing along with members of the casts of Glee, Lost, The Vampire Diaries, Mad Men and 30 Rock (and even a little Betty White!)
Check out the video:
But now, onto the winners and my thoughts on them. My first thought is: Can’t they move the Miniseries category to the Creative Arts Emmys? That portion of the show dragged on and on and on. But I digress. Here are the winners:
You all know I was pulling for Glee. However, as many people have suggested, there needs to be a dramedy category. I think Glee belongs in comedy status, but something like Nurse Jackie really doesn’t. And think about Gilmore Girls — it didn’t really fit in any category either. However, despite the fact that I was ultimately rooting for Glee, Modern Family is absolutely brilliant and deserving of all the accolades it gets. It is smart and hilarious and in my mind, has reinvigorated and reinvented the half hour format just like The Office did almost 7 years ago.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Bazinga! First of all, someone besides Jon Cryer FINALLY won. Honestly, I was rooting for anyone but him. Jim Parsons is very deserving and I was happy he won.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
I adore Edie Falco. A lot. But Nurse Jackie isn’t so much a comedy. It has it’s funny moments, and I’m glad Edie Falco won, but I am surprised. I was rooting for Lea Michele. I would have been happy if Amy Poehler won. Edie Falco winning is just a bit of a mystery to me.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
I clapped out loud for Eric Stonestreet. His co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was moved to tears. While I was hoping Chris Colfer might pull out a win, Eric Stonestreet is one of the most brilliant comedic actors on TV right now. His portrayal of Cam is often the subject of conversation in The TV Chick household and I am thrilled for Fizbo the Clown.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Jane Lynch pretty much was a lock to win this award. Talk about a brilliant comedic performance, Jane Lynch is amazing. She made such a humble and sweet speech and I have the utmost respect for her.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY
Ryan Murphy (Glee)
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Christopher Lloyd and Stephen Levitan (Modern Family)
I was glad to see Glee and Modern Family split this category. Ryan Murphy, Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan are very deserving.
My thoughts: Blahhhh Mad Men AGAIN? I’ve caught only a couple episodes of Mad Men (shocker I know!) and I think it’s a fine show and all but I wish the Emmy voters had given the award to someone else. Lost or True Blood perhaps? I was disappointed.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
I believe this is the first time Kyra Sedgwick has won for The Closer. While I adore Julianna Margulies and thought she was a lock, Kyra Sedgwick is absolutely amazing as Brenda Lee Johnson. I loved her dress, too! You’ll get ‘em next year Julianna!
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
I was hoping for maybe another winner, but Cranston is definitely deserving.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
So people were all abuzz on Twitter about how Archie Panjabi winning was a huge upset and surprise. Have you seen The Good Wife? With all due respect to Christine Baranski who is fabulous, she is onscreen for a total of maybe 8 minutes an episode. Archie Panjabi is absolutely one of the most underrated, shining stars of The Good Wife. I have thought so since day one. So in my mind, this isn’t a shock at all. Clearly, the Emmy voters are fans of The Good Wife too. A handful of new shows and first time nominees won awards and it’s about time. Archie Panjabi plays a kick-ass Kalinda and I’m so happy she won.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Breaking Bad proves it’s a force to be reckoned with.
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA
Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
Blah. Mad Men. Blah.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA
Steve Shill (Dexter)
Dexter takes home an award! Finally!
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Again? Would have liked to see anything else win.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Bucky Gunts (The Winter Olympics)
Everyone loved Bucky Gunts’ name. It’s pretty fantastic, and so are The Olympics.
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY SHOW
Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg (The 2010 Tony Awards)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
Temple Grandin was truly a must see TV movie. I loved that the real Temple Grandin was at the Emmy awards smiling and waving. She was so adorable. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie, you really should.
The Pacific (HBO)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack)
His speech was rather hilarious.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR
Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
David Strathairn (Temple Grandin)
So there you have it. What were your thoughts? Who do you think got snubbed? Shocked by any particular wins? It was a pretty interesting night, with some surprises for sure. Modern Family was the big winner but Glee won a bunch too. I really thought Connie Britton would win for Friday Night Lights. I also thought Jimmy Fallon did a pretty good job as host minus his weird Elton John parody about the shows that we lost this year. I loved the Modern Family Gone Mad piece with George Clooney. Also, the In Memoriam section is always a tear inducer for me but Jewel’s song was rather bizarre. Was Sarah McLachlan too busy? Anyway, is it really another year until the next Emmy Awards?Tweet