HOLLYWOOD—Awards season is still a few months away, but that didn’t stop the 65thPrimetime Emmy Awards to handing out trophies for the best in television. It was indeed a night of upsets in some major categories for viewers looking for surprises. Walking away with top honors was the series “Breaking Bad” which took home the prize for Outstanding Drama Series. “Modern Family” took home its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The ceremony was hosted by “How I Met Your Mother Star” Neil Patrick Harris. Harris is the quintessential element that is messing from many award shows; I’m still dumbfounded why the actor has yet to be asked to host the Academy Awards. Harris opened the show with a bit of a spoof involving CBS president Les Moonves and a TV binge. When the host took the stage he took jabs at the wealth of television’s biggest stars. Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien all took to the stage to assist Harris with the monologue about hosting duties. Even actor Kevin Spacey got in on the joke. Golden Globe hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler asked Harris to twerk on the stage; I’ll be honest those two ladies were quite funny. They presented the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series to Merritt Weaver “Nurse Jackie.” It was indeed a bit of a surprise, even for the winner, who barely gave a speech.
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series went to Tina Fey for “30 Rock.” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series went to Tony Hale for his work in “Veep.” Guess the guys in “Modern Family” cancelled themselves out, as many expected Ed O’Neill to finally get some love. Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her second Lead Actress award in a Comedy Series for her work on “Veep.” She even had co-star Tony Hale hold her purse while she gave her speech, in a funny bit.
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso “Modern Family.” Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory” who is almost unbeatable in this category and got a bit emotional while accepting his third Emmy for his work on the CBS hit.
In an odd moment during the Emmy ceremony singers Elton John and Carrie Underwood took the stage to perform tribute songs. Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie went to Laura Linney “The Big C: Hereafter.” Bit of a surprise as I expected Jessica Lange to be victorious for her exceptional work on “American Horror Story: Asylum.”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series was given to Henry Bromell “Homeland.” It was a heartfelt moment, as the writer recently passed away earlier this year. Anna Gunn won her first Emmy award for her amazing work as Skyler White on “Breaking Bad” for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Tributes took place throughout the ceremony to actors/actresses who passed away this year including Corey Monteith, Jeanne Stapleton and James Gandolfini.
Wow, I was surprised that the prize for reality competition award went to “The Voice.” Finally, some change at the Emmy’s! Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series was presented to Bobby Cannavale for his work on “Boardwalk Empire” by esteemed actress Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington. Jeff Daniels won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on “The Newsroom.” That was indeed an upset as so many expected Bryan Cranston to take home the prize. I’m certainCranstonwill be nominated again next year.
In a disappointing moment, Claire Danes won the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Homeland.” With so much competition this year, I was really hoping for someone new to claim the prize, like Connie Britton, Vera Farmiga or Kerry Washington. That’s sometimes the problem with the Emmy’s they can be so predictable at times in certain categories.
The ceremony got a bit boring mid-way, which I was quite grateful for. It allowed me to watch the penultimate episode of “Breaking Bad” which was more thrilling in my opinion. While there were indeed many shockers in Sunday’s ceremony, some may be arguing if the right winners were chosen in several categories. Until next year Emmy lovers!
By LaDale Anderson