There were some surprises and some big setbacks at the 73rd Emmy Awards
sunday night 2021 Emmy Awards Got off to a great start – and rarely gave up, leaving last year’s COVID-shellshock event safely in his rearview mirror.
What a difference a year makes.
There was no big surprise; as expected, Both “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” cleared (best comedy, best drama, and both stars/cost-stars, including Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Colman). “WandaVision” did not win, but always will next year.
Host Cedric the Entertainer led a blistering opening rap song/homage to the late Biz Markie (“TV, I’ve Got What You Need”) – hinting that, despite COVID protocols, it was all fun. Tracee Ellis Ross, Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford, LL Cool J, Dave Byrd, Anthony Anderson and many others joined the act. But Rita Wilson? Why?
Cedric’s opening monologue was clever and timely and felt like a (toned down) version of his stand-up act. I liked that, for once, the propaganda and politics were mostly kept away. “Hacks” Star Gene Smart gave a classy acceptance speech, stunned everyone When she thanked her late husband Richard Gilliland, who died in March. A memorable moment.
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The “Shits Creek” gang’s teleprompter snafu was entertaining (whether real or scripted). There were a few misfires: the obnoxious “The Queen’s Gambit” director Scott Frank, who didn’t keep quiet and ignored his musical cues to get off the stage (twice); Bowen Yang’s “Count My Steps” shtick; And the Tichina Arnold/Beth Behrs “heckling” bit.
But I really liked the clever “Emmy’s Group Therapy” bit (Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula, Alison Hannigan, Fred Savage, Zooey Deschanel, Dr. Phil). Deschanel: “I haven’t won an Emmy. My generation isn’t into awards. We all deserve love and respect… But also, where’s my sleepin’ Emmy?
“Overall, it was a lively, fun-filled broadcast – a rare “talker” in a typically boring, overflowing style.
Surprise: Hannah Vaddingham for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
Not because she doesn’t deserve it (she does), but because I thought she’d cancel fellow “Ted Lasso” co-star Juno Temple. “Other Hannah,” it would be nice to see Einbinder win.
Snub: Ann Dodd
seriously? Gillian Anderson? For Best Supporting Actress in a Drama? Her dehydrated Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” seemed constipated — literally. what the fuck was that? Ann Dowd, who continues to shine as Aunt Lydia, deserved it.
Surprise: Kelly Cuoco’s neon ‘Revenge’ dress.
The “The Flight Attendant” actress, who was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series tonight, stunned on the red carpet and during the awards ceremony, making her first appearance without her husband, Carl Cook. 35 year old actress announced that she is separating from her husband of three years in early September.
Wonder: Will this man please keep quiet!
Scott Frank, director of “The Queen’s Gambit” Won’t be silent and disturb your play-off music And did it back and forth. His excessively lengthy acceptance speech was actually obnoxious and unnecessary.
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Snub: Michael K Williams
Michael K. Williams should have received the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Not because of his recent death at age 54 (it was voted before, anyway), but because he gave a meticulously crafted, meticulous performance in “Lovecraft Country.” Winner Tobias Menzies was fine as Prince Philip – but enough with “The Crown” already.
Surprise: Reggie Watts
Who knew comedian Reggie Watts had the voice of such a great announcer? He uses a variety of accents in his off-kilter standup act—but this is his first. He appeared for his announcer’s gig.
Surprise: Olivia Colman for Lead Actress in a Drama Series
She was fine, but my money was on Uzo Aduba for “In Treatment”. At least he ignored Elisabeth Moss. Enough with all the full-screen close-ups of her smiling on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Snub: “The Boys”
“The Boys” should have won Outstanding Drama Series (though it’s more of a dark comedy). It’s the best written, fastest acting show on television right now – a surreal blend of violence, humour, sex and gore.
Surprise: Josh O’Connor for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
He was as solid as Prince Charles in “The Crown” and delivered a measured, mature performance. I’m surprised, but glad they honored the nominee for the first time.