HOLLYWOOD—The biggest accolade entertainers can receive in the TV arena were handed out on Monday, September 17, as the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out. Leading the pack of all contenders was the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” but the question everyone wanted to know is rather that series would reign supreme? Not quite, because it was the comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” that walked away with five trophies.
Well, the night kicked off on NBC with “Saturday Night Live” alums Michael Che and Colin Jost taking on hosting duties. I will be honest I was concerned about this duo hosting the ceremony considering the political climate we currently live in. Would the jokes land or would they be absolute misses? Well, the ceremony was kicked off by “SNL” alums Kate McKinnon and Keenan Thompson with a song and dance number honoring diversity, with more star power that included Ricky Martin, Sterling K. Brown, Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, RuPaul and John Legend. It was a bit of a drag if you want me to be honest; they could have simply had Che and Jost kickoff hosting duties.
Che and Jost didn’t hold back on addressing the #MeToo movement, and some of the jokes were cringe-worthy, yet somewhat hilarious in a strange way. Slow start, but those guys were just looking to break the ice, and to be honest I don’t think it ever happened. The Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series went to Henry Winkler for “Barry.” That skit with Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Kimmel for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series delivered some laughs, as Alex Borstein claimed the victory for her work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Hmm, things are moving fast, and I like it!
Amy Sherman-Palladino was victorious garnering the Emmy for both Outstanding Writing and Directing in a Comedy Series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Nice to see this series, which a lot of people don’t know about is starting to generate major buzz. They are literally flying through the contenders in the Comedy categories, the notion of Tiffany Haddish and Angela Bassett presenting the award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series made me suspect a historic moment could be in the mix, but nope, it was Rachel Brosnahan for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” For Lead Actor it was a victory for Bill Hader for “Barry,” a bit of a surprise, but not really because I think Hader was very deserving of the victory.
Che and Jost really did their best to deliver the laughs, but they were constantly falling flat for me as a viewer. The Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Merritt Wever for “Godless,” while Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Jeff Daniels “Godless.” William Bridges and Charlie Booker took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for “USS Callister (Black Mirror).”
It was indeed a moment seeing the incomprehensible Betty White take the stage to be honored by her peers in celebration of the Primetime Emmy’s 70th Anniversary. Ryan Murphy won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” This had to be one of the most amazing moments of the night to see Regina King pick up the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for “Seven Seconds.” The actress was really taken aback and delivered a humble acceptance speech, where she was in absolute awe of her victory. This was the one category where I was CERTAIN that if Darren Criss did not win for his amazing performance in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” it would be an absolute travesty. Criss picked up the Emmy and deservedly so, because what he did with that character was absolutely amazing. Che’s skit on the ‘Reparations Emmys’ honoring Marla Gibbs, Kadeem Hardison, Jaleel White, Tichina Arnold, Jimmie Walker and John Witherspoon delivered a few laughs.
Now, we get to the good stuff America: DRAMA! The first prize for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones.” I do believe many expected Joseph Fiennes to win the prize for his riveting work on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In the race for Supporting Actress, it was Thandie Newton who nearly jumped out her seat and dropped an expletive while on stage picking up the victory for her work on the HBO series “Westworld.”
“The Americans” picked up the prize for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while Directing in a Drama Series went to “The Crown.” The Lead Actor race in a Drama Series might be one of the most competitive races we’ve seen in years, and at long last FINALLY, “The Americans” finally get some love in its final season with Matthew Rhys picking up the award! Could this be a sign that Keri Russell will pick up the win for Lead Actress? No, Russel was denied yet again as Claire Foy won for “The Crown.” I’m sorry, but the Academy made a mistake and it should have been a tighter race between Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve” and Russell for “The Americans.”
It was so nice to see RuPaul finally get some love picking up the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series for “RuPaul Drag Race.” It is indeed one hell of an entertaining series to say the least. “Saturday Night Live” picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series. John Oliver won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, while “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series. I swear right after the acting Emmy’s in the drama categories were announced it seemed the ceremony took a nosedive in terms of pacing.
Who would have expected Will Ferrell to deliver one of the funniest bits during an hour where the show seemed to come to a complete stop in my opinion? When it comes to laughs, the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series went to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
The final prize of the night for Outstanding Drama Series was awarded to “Game of Thrones.” I will admit I think “This is Us” should have claimed the prize for having a second season that was just as good if not better than the first season. Things took a nosedive during the final hour of the series, where it seemed things just absolutely dragged. The jokes didn’t land and it just seemed like I was hoping for the ceremony to end sooner than later. For this to be the 70th anniversary for the Primetime Emmy Awards, it was not as riveting as one would have hoped.