2008 EMMYS RECAP

I’ve decided that I will wrap all this up into one post. So you’ll get the straight goods as to one, my opinions on such and an overview of the evening itself.

Got it? Good…

That bit that they had at the beginning where WILLIAM SHATNER and TOM BERGERON ripped off HEIDI KLUM’S tuxedo was idiotic at best. Yeah, I’ll stop complaining when I actually see an awards show where two women tug off some gorgeous guy’s outfit, exposing his toned bod and finely shaped ass.

Well, that would be pretty sexist too, actually. But it might make it slightly more palatable.

Though I was rooting for KRISTEN CHENOWETH, I was thrilled to see JEAN SMART win. I’ve adored her ever since I watched DESIGNING WOMEN in reruns. There have been a lot of sexy dumb blondes in TV and film over the decades. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Southern U.S. version of that particular type played so beautifully.

CHARLENE was a completely original creation. She may not have had the most magnificent intellect but JEAN gave her a lot of other fine qualities. She made her an absolute joy to watch. I was actually caught off guard when I saw JEAN interviewed years after the show had been cancelled and I realized – to my great surprise – that she had no accent.

So I’m ecstatic that she got it. She seems so decent and down to earth. The only thing that bothers me is that, with her looks and talent, I really think she should’ve been an A list film star.

I was extremely disappointed that (seeing as LEE PACE and STEVE CARELL were nominated) Alec Baldwin was the person who won BEST LEAD COMEDY ACTOR. He’s talented. But as a human being, well…

LEE and STEVE are not only lovely guys but they gave incredible performances. Very unfortunate. All the way around. But that bit that RICKY GERVAIS did with STEVE was hysterical.

DON RICKLES winning was fabulous. That bullfighting music (which apparently they used to play every time he appeared anywhere) was cooler than hell. Time hasn’t dulled his edge. That’s for sure…

No one that I genuinely wanted to win walked away with anything. But it was a reasonably fun entertaining evening. For the seven hours (oh, sorry…it was three, right?) that it was on.

Here is a listing of the major categories….

DRAMA SERIES: MAD MEN
COMEDY SERIES: 30 ROCK
MINISERIES: JOHN ADAMS
MADE FOR TV MOVIE: RECOUNT
VARIETY OR MUSIC SERIES: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART

ACTOR DRAMA: BRYAN CRANSTON – BREAKING BAD
ACTOR COMEDY: ALEC BALDWIN – 30 ROCK
ACTRESS DRAMA: GLENN CLOSE – DAMAGES
ACTRESS COMEDY: TINA FEY – 30 ROCK

SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA: ZELJKO IVANEK – DAMAGES
SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY: JEREMY PIVEN – ENTOURAGE
SUPPORTING ACTRESS DRAMA: DIANNE WIEST – IN TREATMENT
SUPPORTING ACTRESS COMEDY: JEAN SMART – SAMANTHA WHO?

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: LAURA LINNEY – JOHN ADAMS
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: EILEEN ATKINS – CRANFORD
ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: PAUL GIAMATTI – JOHN ADAMS
SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: TOM WILKINSON – JOHN ADAMS

DIRECTION, COMEDY: BARRY SONNENFELD – PUSHING DAISIES (PIE-LETTE)
WRITING, COMEDY: TINA FEY – 30 ROCK (COOTER)

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE, VARIETY OR MUSIC: DON RICKLES – MR. WARMTH, THE DON RICKLES PROJECT
VARIETY OR MUSIC SPECIAL: MR. WARMTH, THE DON RICKLES PROJECT

CASTING, COMEDY: 30 ROCK
CASTING, DRAMA: DAMAGES
CASTING, MOVIE MINISERIES OR SPECIAL: JOHN ADAMS


MUSIC COMPOSITION (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE): PUSHING DAISIES – PIGEON

Just to round everything out….

The sleek 60s drama MAD MEN won the EMMY for BEST DRAMA SERIES last night, while 30 ROCK emerged victorious as BEST COMEDY SERIES. TINA FEY, star of 30 ROCK, received recognition for her performance (in the LEAD ACTRESS slot) and her writing.

GLENN CLOSE (DAMAGES) walked away with the BEST ACTRESS DRAMA trophy. She paid tribute to the other women in her category, including HOLLY HUNTER and KYRA SEDGWICK.

“We’re proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show,” Ms. Close said. “I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas.”

JEREMY PIVEN, who won SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY for ENTOURAGE, took aim at the five reality hosts who opened the ceremony in a rather rambling manner. “What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes? What would happen? That was the opening…”

DON RICKLES received the EMMY for BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IN A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM for MR. WARMTH, THE DON RICKLES PROJECT.

“It’s a mistake,” DON RICKLES remarked. “I’ve been in the business 55 years and the biggest award I got was an ashtray from the Friar’s in New York.”

60s icon TOMMY SMOTHERS received a commemorative writing award for his contribution to the cutting edge and controversial SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR . Though he possessed a humorous tone, his words had some weight and seriousness to them.

He stated, “It’s hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. There’s nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action.”

He dedicated his award to “all people who feel compelled to speak out, are not afraid to speak to power, who won’t shut up and refuse to be silenced.”

He wrapped up his speech while examining the word truth and what it actually means in various languages. He said that “the truth” could be “anything that you could get anyone to believe.”

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