It is no secret to those who know me well that I love watching the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Tonys and the Emmys, and I try my best not to miss out on them. For me, there is something truly special about seeing your favorite stars decked out in gorgeous gowns and suits, rubbing elbows with each other, and stars and shows getting the praise and attention that they do deserve. Unfortunately, I missed out on the Tonys this year, but had the opportunity to live Tweet both the Golden Globes (for my blog) and the Emmys (for work) this year and this year’s Emmys was more interesting and more historic than most.
It also must be said that I do love the Red Carpet portion of awards shows, but not because of the fashion. I love watching the Red Carpet because I love the interview parts of it. Here, most of the time, you can see your favorite stars being just genuinely excited to be there, and you get to see glimpses of them just being real. (I mean, if you managed to bump into, lets say, Oprah or Sterling K. Brown, we will probably react the same way they do when they bump into legends and their favorite actors.)
I thought that Stephen Colbert did a great job hosting the Emmys. His opening song and dance number quickly summed up the past TV season, had a small dig at Trump and Russia, and included several dancing handmaidens from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”. His opening monologue,on the other hand, quickly summed up the state of television today, which included having the most diverse batch of nominees that were there not just for diversity’s sake, and the fact that streaming services had a big presence at the Emmys. In fact, it was mentioned that Neflix alone scored ninety-two nominations in this year’s Emmys race! Of course, his monologue wouldn’t have complete without a dig at Trump, and here, he jokingly accused the Television Academy for inadvertently causing Trump to run for President because he never received an Emmy for “Celebrity Apprentice”. And then, to top it all off, Colbert brought out the biggest surprise of the night, the appearance of Sean Spicer, which caused the entire audience, except for Melissa McCarthy, to react wildly.
All in all, his monologue was a good mix of things, and it made me laugh a lot as well.
(Also, I must put a disclaimer here that Stephen Colbert is my second favorite late night show host, with my favorite being Graham Norton, and my third favorite being James Corden).
He also presented a sketch in which RuPaul dressed up as the Emmy statuette, and Colbert asked Emmy about the other award statues, which I thought was just hilarious.
Among the presenters for the night, the ones that stood out the most to me were the legendary Lily Tomlin,Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton making a dig at Trump; Cicely Tyson being a bit nervous while talking about “Roots”; and Norman Lear and Carol Burnett just being themselves.
Hulu was the streaming service that won be that night with all their wins for “The Handmaid’s Tale”, even though Netflix dud have more nominations than Hulu. “Big Little Lies” was another big winner, allowing HBO to have more shows aside from “Game of Thrones” winning all the awards.
The winners were also pretty diverse. “Master of None’s” Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win a writing Emmy for comedy; Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a drama but wasn’t allowed to finish his acceptance speech; Riz Ahmed won for “The Night Of” ; the Skarsgard family tradition was honored with Alexander Skarsgard bagging for “Big Little Lies”; Nicole Kidman won her first Emmy a became emotional as she was grateful for the opportunity to be able to talk about domestic abuse; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus broke records by winning once again for her role as Selina Meyer in “Veep”.
The “In Memoriam” segment was emotional, and it made me realize how many greats and legends we list this year.
For me, the biggest miss of the night was Rachel Bloom’s short top hat and cane introductory number, but aside from that the entire show went on without a hitch.
As for me, I was busy live-tweeting the show, but at the same time I managed to also enjoy the show.
I thought that despite the constant digs at Trump, it wasn’t too politically charged, and I loved the fact that there was more diversity, not only with the nominees, but also with the shows represented here as well. I think that that was also because “Game of Thrones” wasn’t included this year, giving other shows a chance to bring home an Emmy.
Did you enjoy the Emmys? Did your picks win? How did you like Stephen Colbert as a host? Let me know what you think in the comments below!