2010 EMMY RECAP
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
I don’t watch a lot of television. It’s an impossibility now. There’s no time.
But I know what I like.
What can I say about the EMMY AWARDS telecast?
I actually watched the entire thing. Really and truly.
I was sprawled out on the floor in my best lingerie drinking ice cold Diet Dr. Pepper. My puppy was cuddled up beside me for the duration.
The BORN TO RUN opening with the GLEE kids was wild. The best thing about it was that it featured people that I didn’t expect to see, like BETTY WHITE and JON HAMM.
And my idol ANN MARGRET attended the ceremony, looking as gorgeous as ever.
As for the awards themselves…
Lovely tribute to the humanitarian of the evening GEORGE CLOONEY, who was as self deprecatingly humble and charming as always.
It’s tough in some categories where you have a number of personal favourites that you happen to be rooting for.
I was sad for STEVE CARELL, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS and ELISABETH MOSS. I can live with NEIL PATRICK HARRIS being overlooked this year because he just won an EMMY for his guest shot on GLEE.
On the other hand, I was thrilled beyond measure to see AL PACINO, DAVID STRATHAIRN, EDIE FALCO, KYRA SEDGWICK and RYAN MURPHY ascend to the podium.
I almost lost it completely when JIM PARSONS and JANE LYNCH were announced. Their victories made my night.
Though it did drag a bit during the last hour, it was a reasonably entertaining spectacle.
No major complaints from this golden haired Irish lass…
The darkly intimate 60s drama MAD MEN and the comedic romp MODERN FAMILY were the top honorees at Sunday’s EMMY AWARDS as American life past and present proved a winning formula.
The BEST COMEDY SERIES award was captured by the first year sitcom, which also won a SUPPORTING ACTOR award for ERIC STONESTREET and a BEST WRITING trophy.
MAD MEN earned its third consecutive EMMY for BEST DRAMA SERIES .
GLEE, the musical/comedy that started the night as the most nominated series, earned an acting trophy for JANE LYNCH and a directing award for creator RYAN MURPHY.
BRYAN CRANSTON’S portrayal of a meth dealer in BREAKING BAD and KYRA SEDGWICK’S performance as a brassy deputy police chief in THE CLOSER earned the pair top drama series acting awards.
BRYAN CRANSTON’S honour was his third trophy for playing a high school chemistry teacher gone wrong, while his costar AARON PAUL earned his first award as BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for playing his partner in crime.
“During the time it took me to walk up here, I venture there were 200 text messages to the other nominees saying, ‘You were robbed.’ I cannot argue with that,” BRYAN CRANSTON said.
ARCHIE PANJABI of THE GOOD WIFE was honoured as BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA) for her part as a law firm’s in house private investigator, as EMMY voters spread the riches widely among veterans and fresh faces.
EDIE FALCO of NURSE JACKIE and JIM PARSONS of THE BIG BANG THEORY were honoured for their comedy series lead roles.
EDIE’S trophy for playing a tough but troubled nurse came after her hallmark turn as a mob boss’ wife in THE SOPRANOS, for which she won three BEST DRAMA ACTRESS EMMYS.
“Oh…this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. I’m not funny!” EDIE exclaimed.
JIM PARSONS won for his portrayal of the brilliant iconoclastic scientist Sheldon Cooper.
“Now I know how much I didn’t think this was going to happen. Some of you apparently voted for me. That was very sweet,” JIM told the theatre audience.
“All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up,” stated ERIC STONESTREET, who plays a boisterous gay dad and partner. He thanked his parents for their support and promised to send his trophy home with them.
JANE LYNCH also thanked her folks along with her wife LARA EMBRY. The pair married in Massachusetts in May.
“This is outlandish…I want to thank my lord and creator Ryan Murphy for creating this role,” JANE commented, paying tribute to the GLEE executive producer.
JON STEWART’S THE DAILY SHOW won its eighth consecutive EMMY for BEST VARIETY/MUSIC SERIES.
GEORGE CLOONEY accepted the BOB HOPE HUMANITARIAN AWARD from his former ER costar JULIANNA MARGULIES, who lauded his fundraising efforts for victims of this year’s earthquake in Haiti, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
GEORGE, recalling evenings spent with Bob Hope and Dolores Hope at the home of his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney, said he was inspired by the late comedian and his wife.
“If you look at everything they accomplished in their lives, they’re the best version of the term celebrity.”
TEMPLE GRANDIN, based on the life of the gifted autistic animal sciences expert, was honoured as BEST TV MOVIE and earned EMMYS for its star CLAIRE DANES and supporting acting trophies for DAVID STRATHAIRN and JULIA ORMOND.
AL PACINO was honoured as BEST ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE) for YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, about euthanasia advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was in the audience and stood smiling at AL’S request.
THE PACIFIC, the World War II drama produced by TOM HANKS and STEVEN SPIELBERG, received the BEST MINISERIES award in a category it shared with one other nominee RETURN TO CRANFORD.
THE PACIFIC was the top nominee with 24 bids and captured a leading seven creative arts awards, which recognize technical and other achievements.
Ratings for the awards have increased importance.
The TV academy’s contract is up for renewal with the four major networks that had been airing the show in rotation for eight years and the academy hopes last year’s 8 per cent audience increase is a trend after an all time low in 2008.
The show’s live nationwide broadcast and scheduling could be factors. THE EMMYS typically have aired immediately before TV’s mid September kickoff, but NBC pushed up the awards telecast to avoid a conflict with its Sunday night NFL games that begin on September 12.
But fewer people tend to watch summertime TV and the 5 p.m. PDT pre primetime slot for THE EMMYS on the West Coast also tends to draw a smaller audience.
Here is a selected list of winners…
COMEDY SERIES: MODERN FAMILY
DRAMA SERIES: MAD MEN
VARIETY/MUSIC SERIES: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
MINISERIES: THE PACIFIC
TV MOVIE: TEMPLE GRANDIN
ACTRESS (COMEDY): EDIE FALCO – NURSE JACKIE
ACTOR (COMEDY): JIM PARSONS – THE BIG BANG THEORY
SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY): JANE LYNCH – GLEE
SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY): ERIC STONESTREET – MODERN FAMILY
ACTRESS (DRAMA): KYRA SEDGWICK – THE CLOSER
ACTOR (DRAMA): BRYAN CRANSTON – BREAKING BAD
SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA): ARCHIE PANJABI – THE GOOD WIFE
SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA): AARON PAUL – BREAKING BAD
ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): CLAIRE DANES – TEMPLE GRANDIN
ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): AL PACINO – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK
SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): JULIA ORMOND – TEMPLE GRANDIN
SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): DAVID STRATHAIRN – TEMPLE GRANDIN
DIRECTING (COMEDY SERIES): RYAN MURPHY – GLEE