I know I promised the other day that I would do my annual play-by-play for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards, but I didn’t and I apologize.
I was at my brother’s house without my laptop, watching on a delay because for some reason, my 11-year-old nephew didn’t want to watch a three-hour-long awards show about a bunch of television shows he’s not old enough to watch.
The Nephew: Game of Thrones should win because it’s the best show.
Me: Um…why would you know that? I know for a FACT you aren’t allowed to watch that show.
The Nephew: EVERYONE watches it, so it must be good.)
Anyway, so I don’t have a play-by-play, but of course I did watch the entire show as soon as The Nephew went to bed and I have some thoughts. Which I will now share with you.
First, I adore Jimmy Kimmel. Puffy hearts and everything. I watch his show a lot of nights when I can’t fall asleep early and I find him funny and endearing and his everlasting feud with Matt Damon is the best anti-bromance that has ever existed. I love it.
Okay, so…Oh! Right! Good news! I don’t have to eat a bug! I mentioned that if someone in particular didn’t win then I would, but now I don’t have to so happy day for me. But we’ll get to that a little bit later….
I did take a couple of pictures as I was watching the show. Let’s start with this:
Does anyone know who that guy is? He was kind of creeping me out the way he just stared at the camera the entire time it was on Ty Burrell. Weirdo.
So this was for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Louie Anderson won for playing Zack Galifianakis’s mom on Baskets. I haven’t watched that show, although it looks interesting. But…am I terrible person for feeling like Louie Anderson is a total creeper? I don’t know what it is about him, but…
Okay, let’s talk about Kate McKinnon for just a sec. I LOVE HER. Like, I have a huge girl crush on her that, sadly, didn’t start until I saw Ghostbusters (four times…) this summer. And, honestly, I feel like her Emmy is a little bit because of that. Even though she really is hilarious on SNL. And I don’t even really care WHY she finally won her Emmy because I’m really glad she did. She deserves awards, man.
And also, I just love the look on her face. She did NOT see this coming and that makes me just love her even more.
I’ve liked Liev Schreiber for a long time. Anytime someone posts something about him everyone’s like, “Hey! It’s Ray Donovan!” or “It’s Saber Tooth!” and I’m like, “It’s Cotton Weary!” So imagine how much I smiled when I caught this moment right here. He brought his kid with him to the Emmys. And let his kid sit on his lap. And eat a snack. I love everything about this moment.
But also, who’s that guy standing in the background?
All right, I’m singling out Kirsten Dunst here, but I am SO SICK of this boob thing. It is NOT pretty. Leave a little something to the imagination, ladies. Knock this off.
And as a sidenote because I didn’t grab a picture of it, what was up with Keri Russell’s weird Angelina-Jolie-slit-skirt thing? That looked stupid, especially when she pulled it wide open onstage. Ugh. Ladies, be ladies!
Oh, yeah, and speaking of Keri Russell…
Why were these two standing so far apart? Pretty much every other pair of presenters were right next to each other, most even basically touching each other. But not these two. It was awkward.
So then they announced Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and the award went to Rami Malek from Mr. Robot, another show I’ve never seen but yes, yes, it’s on my list. So then he said this and it instantly won the hearts of everyone watching:
— Karen Peterson (@KarenMPeterson) September 19, 2016
But let’s talk about everything that’s going on here because I enjoy this so much.
First, you’ve got Liev Schreiber, whose kid is still (or really back) on his lap. It’s his category. He might win an Emmy and he doesn’t move his kid just in case. Love.
Rami Malek’s look of absolute shock is so heartwarming. It doesn’t get better than that. Especially when you compare (which I can’t because I didn’t take a picture) to the total lack of surprise from Julia Louis-Dreyfus who won again and looked as though she figured it was a total lock, which I hate.
Bob Odenkirk is just happy to be here.
Kyle Chandler looks slightly confused.
Matthew Rhys looks happy for Rami.
And Kevin Spacey looks like he’s always a bridesmaid.
(After all, he’s been nominated four times in a row and is still going home empty-handed.)
Moving along…so then Game of Thrones won Outstanding Drama Series and everyone involved in the show went to the stage:
And I was not the only one thinking, “George R. R. Martin, go home and finish the next freaking book! Why are you wasting a perfectly good evening of writing??”
Okay, but seriously good for Game of Thrones. It’s a great show that I really need to catch up on because it’s awesome. Definitely not for everyone, but really something special.
A few other random thoughts:
So the award that would have made me eat a bug if it had gone to someone else was Sarah Paulson’s majorly deserved Emmy for playing Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson. I mean, Courtney B. Vance was a lock too, but if Sarah hadn’t won, there would have been a riot. I loved her speech, especially when she apologized to her plus 1, the real Marcia Clark, for having superficially judged her all those years ago.
A moment that made me giggle:
I love these two.
Another moment that made me giggle was during Jimmy’s opening monologue when he praised Sarah Paulson for bringing Marcia Clark and then said, “This must be very strange for you. This time are you rooting for OJ to win?”
There were some political jokes, of course, and most of them were just like, “move along, people.” But when Jimmy blamed Mark Burnett for Donald Trump…yeah…I can’t disagree with that. Stupid Apprentice…
Anyway, those were a few moments I enjoyed. What did you think of the show? If you watched it, that is.
And if you want the complete list of nominees and winners, be sure to click here and check it out.