Emmys 2014 Recap: Top 12 Good, Bad and Ugly Moments
This year's Emmys were hosted by Seth Meyers and were on a Monday night, something that hasn't happened in years. Apparently this was due to the fact that the MTV music awards were on Sunday night. Yes people, they still give out awards for videos that are never and let me repeat and emphasize that are NEVER played on TV anymore.
The Emmys could have been a better show, the weight of the talent in the room was heavy and the shows nominated for the most part were all pretty great. Twenty years ago, TV was not what it is today, there was a stigma for movie actors to jump into TV shows, but now the quality of drama shows and character driven dramas are absolutely phenomenal. If anything they are challenging what you see in movies. Thus with that being said, the Emmys had the ability this year to take it to another level and to really make it a special night.
Let me just say really quick, Breaking Bad won for almost everything, there I said it, not much else to say about that subject.
The show felt like a wanna-be version of the Oscars, all that was missing was a group selfie with Seth. Despite their best to make it funny and to make it seem like the actors are just funny kids in the audience, it just didn't work. The show was decent and could have been better, Seth was funny to an extent and I felt like I was watching another one of his weekend update skits from Saturday Night Live.
As you most know I am pretty caught up on the majority of TV shows out there, so I felt it was my duty to chime in and give you guys the low down.
Here is a quick recap of what went down and what were the good, the bad and just plain ugly moments of the night.
1. Before the Emmys kicked off, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul put out the deets for a scavenger hunt in Hollywood. He announced the hunt on Instagram and gave fans the chance to find scripts, posters, dolls and even RJ Mitte aka Walt Jr. This is smart and so on trend to the way the world works now through social media. Kudos to Paul for giving back to the fans!
2. When Julia Louis Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston went up to give an award, he mentioned that he was on an episode of Seinfeld. Remember the dentist episode? And that they had shared a kiss. When she won for her Veep performance he ran up to the stage and gave her a big kiss. The moment interjected some fun into an otherwise pretty bland night.
3. Billy Crystal's tribute to his pal Robin Williams was a real tear jerker moment. It was kind, heartfelt and was nice to hear a perspective of Robin from someone who was a true friend. Robin was a comedian through and through and he will be sorely missed by all.
4. Many great shows did not win a single award and some actors were completely snubbed for a nomination. Can someone tell me why Game of Thrones did not win anything? I thought for sure Peter Dinklage's performance in the trial scene would earn him an Emmy, he definitely blew all of the other actors out of the water. Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black did a great job this year and was at least deserving of a nomination. Downton Abbey didn't get a single award either. Tisk, tisk Academy!
5. One of my favorite parts of the show was when Seth Meyers and comedian Billy Eichner hit the streets and asked people questions about the Emmys like who is hosting, how they felt about The Mindy Project and what they think about Tatiana Maslany being snubbed for a nomination? The answers were hilarious and most people did not know who Seth Meyers even was, despite being right in front of them.
6. One of the big hyped up moments of the whole evening was the fact that if Matthew McConaughey won for best actor in a drama series for True Detective, he would be completing the feat, which hasn't been done in decades of winning both an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year. I felt like a lot of energy and focus was put on him, so many actors went up on stage and made a joke about it. By the end I really didn't care if he won or loss, despite being a fan of the show, I was over the hoopla of it to say the least.
7. Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange both won for their performances on American Horror Story: Coven. You go girls! It was nice to see the show get recognized and both ladies were completely not expecting to win and it was obvious when they went up on stage. It was really cool to see them have their moment and get the applause they deserve.
8. The moment when celebrities got up and asked random questions. Ummm, why, what was the point of this? Jon Hamm asked if the Emmys were on TV, Melissa McCarthy asked if her car would get towed Julianna Margulies asked if she could have Maggie Smith's Emmy if she won. This whole moment felt weird and it just didn't go off as funny as they intended.
9. I was very happy that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch both won for Sherlock. Finally the show gets some awards, but unfortunately none of the British actors were in attendance. Dame Maggie Smith wasn't there either, so we never got a shot of her in the audience.
10. Sofia Vergara went up on stage and introduced Television Academy's CEO Bruce Rosenblum, when he came up he asked her to stand on a revolving platform. She played stupid about it and said "Is this how they do it on American television?" As he talked about how the Academy works to inspire audiences and help students with careers, Sofia spun around aimlessly on the pedestal, showing off her curvaceous body. She is beautiful that is a fact, but I felt it was the most degrading moment for women and I could not believe that they stooped that low. By far the worst moment of the night.
11. Cary Joji Fukunaga won for best director in a drama series for True Detective, this was by far the most deserving award of the night. He's young and added a fresh vibe to the boring acceptance speeches. Can't wait to see what he does next!
12. This was corny, but totally funny. Given that theme songs are vague, Weird Al Yankovic made up lyrics to go with the songs from the nominated shows. By far the best one was for Game of Thrones, he mentioned boobs and not getting attached to characters, wisely saying that everyone should have a back-up fave character. He sang slash told George R. R. Martin, who was in the audience to "start typing" because we need more scripts. Check out the montage, he is LOL-worthy for sure.
Did you guys watch the show? If so what did you think? Or do you just hate award shows? Do tell!