Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TV: 69th Primetime Emmy Awards

CBS broadcast the 69th Emmy Awards and the late-night host Stephen Colbert led the comedic event. I was switching over to the football game so I missed most of the sketches and the opening monologue but I'll mainly be focused on the award winners and probably won't publish this until the day after due to time constraints. I always like to discover new shows from the Emmys and see which shows that I've enjoyed receive recognition. There is so much television out there that I think the task of finding a single show to triumph seems near impossible but these awards will certainly put a spotlight on excellence. 

Outstanding Drama Series: The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
I enjoyed this show a lot, it's haunting and depressing and well-deserving of the victory. The Handmaid's Tale pushes Hulu into the mainstream as a serious streaming service snatching the big award before Netflix who has been trying for it a bit long. Netflix had three shows and I thought The Crown but more so Stranger Things might snatch it. The only other competitor was This Is Us, the tearjerker NBC drama. Better Call Saul was definitely one of my favorite show but something about it makes me forget at year's end. House of Cards needs to fall off this list as it is no longer entertainingg and it was foolish of HBO to put forward Westworld instead of the awesome show, The Leftovers. 

Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep (HBO)
Veep wins again. I had finally caught up on all these episodes before this latest season and while I found the show funny, I didn't think it was quite the caliber of earlier seasons. Atlanta was my favorite here and it had the momentum but for some reason, it did not take home the statue. Veep is on the way out and Atlanta won't be around for another year so maybe one more time around for the HBO political comedy before something new takes the throne. I haven't seen either of the network shows, black-ish and Modern Family. I enjoyed both of the Netflix series, Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and hope one day both these shows can rise. Silicon Valley is also hilarious and I'm curious what it will be like going forward.

Outstanding Limited Series: Big Little Lies
Not surprised by this wonderfully dark drama about domestic abuse and the small town gossip of mothers in a wealthy beachside neighborhood winning the top prize. Limited series has a bunch of great shows like Fargo, a weaker third season, and Feud: Bette and Joan, a winner in another year. The Night Of was also really moving. I didn't see Genius. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Elizabeth Moss played a great role in the most depressing show of the year and her voiceover was one of the best parts. I need to see Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder. Claire Foy in The Crown will be a growing role though I think she's only in it for one more season. Evan Rachel Wood was the best part of Westworld and Keri Russell also performs in The Americans. Robin Wright probably is the best part of House of Cards and her rise to power should lead to a great series finale.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Sterling K. Brown as the businessman seeking out his father delivered something that so easily brought tears to my eyes that it will be hard to forget for some time. It's too bad his speech got cut off. His costar Milo Ventimiglia was the only other star I could have seen winning. Kevin Spacey has won before, I think, but should be wrapping up his role next year or so. Liev Schreiber keeps getting nominated but I don't see him ever winning, though I do like the show. Bob Odenkirk should win when he comes to the end of his brilliant performance as Saul aka Jimmy. Matthew Rhys might take it next year of The Americans series finale really stuns.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes the award again for what may be her last or next-to-last as she approaches the series finale. Pamela Adlon could take over this spot but I've yet to start the second season and Elle Kemper may always be nominated but never win. I haven't seen any of the other nominees.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
I thought Donald Glover's win would lead to a win for the show but just recognition for the actor came this year. Glover also took home a director award. Jeffrey Tambor has been the favorite but was usurped this year. Aziz Ansari might have taken it if the other two weren't around. William H. Macy's Frank will be a steady nominee and his role is so funny. So is Zach Galifianakis as the bumbling clown. Anthony Anderson reminds me that I need to bing black-ish one day soon. 
Outstanding Lead Actress in a  Limited Series: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)

It was a tossup between Nicole Kidman or her costar Reese Witherspoon but Kidman's harrowing storyline won out. The subjects of the Feud led to two great performance between Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange that would have won in another year. Felicity Huggman in American Crime is on my watchlist.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)
Riz Ahmed was brilliant in this dark series and he was helped by his costar John Turturro who also won. The only other performance I saw was Ewan McGregor as twins in Fargo.
Other Awards: The supporting Drama roles went to streaming shows, Ann Dowd for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and John Lithgow for Netflix's The Crown. In limited series supporting roles, Laura Dern won for her supporting role as the angry mother Renata on Big Little Lies (HBO) as well as Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd as the abusive husband in the same show. Supporting comedy roles were dominated by SNL with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon taking home statues. Another great win was San Junipero from BlackMirror for best TV movie, Charlie Brooker had one of the best acceptance speeches. 

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