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There were several surprising wins and, in my opinion, one that was long overdue, at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
While dashing in his snazzy suit, Neil Patrick Harris made for a rather dull and dry host. There were no tongue-in-cheek comments and his Paula Deen joke was so passe.
Sigh, some things are better left to Ricky Gervais – maybe the Emmy’s will consider him next year. No performances – well one worthy of mention, that is. In fact, the most exciting thing about him on stage was when he was upstaged by his predecessors: Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Spacey.
Oh, that’s not forgetting Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s heckling for him to “twerk it”.
Now for wins. For me, one of the most deserving and headline- grabbing wins of the night was Jeff Daniels (pictured) walking away with Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.
And I loved his speech. He nonchalantly commented: “I’ve been neutral about this whole thing. I’ve been nominated a bunch to times – Google it – enough to not lean towards it…”
In the same drama category, Claire Danes took the Lead Actress honours for Homeland; Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) bagged the Supporting Actor award and a surprised Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) did the same for Supporting Actress.
What was rather heartbreaking, though, was having a tearful Sarah Bromell receive her late husband, Henry’s, posthumous writing award for Homeland.
While Spacey didn’t bag any honours for his role in his TV series, House of Cards, David Fincher bagged them the directing honours.
Comedy has become the new diet for viewers. And the shows are bountiful with all-time favourites Modern Family (won Outstanding Comedy Series and Directing honours for Gail Mancuso – her first Emmy win), The Big Bang Theory (Jim Parsons took the Lead Actor honours for the third time) and 30 Rock (Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won in the writing category) still retaining their statuses.
Veep, the comedy everyone is raving about, bagged Julia Louis-Dreyfus the Lead Actress honours with co-star Tony Hale dominating in the Supporting Actor category.
Meanwhile, a completely surprised and speechless Merritt Wever won the Supporting Actress award for Nurse Jackie. And the Guest Actor and Guest Actress honours (a relatively new category) went to Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) and Melissa Leo (Louie).
On the variety and reality front, The Colbert Report (Best Variety Series) broke The Daily Show’s winning streak, while The Voice won the Reality category. Oh, and Derek Hough walked away with the Outstanding Choreography trophy for Dancing with the Stars.
Meanwhile, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra made a big impression, winning in the Outstanding Director for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Steven Soderbergh) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Michael Douglas as Liberace) and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
Douglas was in fine form (even thanking estranged wife Catherine Zeta-Jones) in his speech too, joking: “You deserve half of this (to his co-star Matt Damon in the audience).” He added: “So you want the bottom or the top?”
All in all, this year’s Emmy ceremony was nothing to write home about. But the wins, especially for those folk who bagged the honours for the first time, were most deserved, as was Daniels’ victory… at last!