I haven't been watching that much TV of late, but the kick-off for the fall season began last night by honoring the best of last season at the 2011 Emmy awards. This was a very odd year. A lot of people won out of left field, and then there were the completely expected that happened exactly as predicted.
First - the wonderful and amazing:
1. KYLE CHANDLER WON AN EMMY!!!! Coach Taylor from my beloved "Friday Night Lights" was finally recognized for creating a wonderful male role model and half of a model marriage.
2. Melissa McCarthy will not be nominated for an Oscar for her part in Bridesmaids, but now at least she has an Emmy for "Mike and Molly" and most deservedly. I have a feeling there was some vote-splitting between the bigger name comediennes, but I don't doubt the people who voted for Melissa knew what they were doing.
3. Margo Martindale, a supporting character actress you've seen dozens of times plays such a bad-ass on "Justified" that someone paid attention and gave her an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.
4. I haven't seen "Game of Thrones" yet, but anyone who wants to tell Peter Dinklage he's amazing and should keep acting is fine by me, and giving him the Emmy for supporting Actor is a pretty great idea that I have no problem with.
5. Because this was the first award of the night it was definitely the biggest surprise, but it set us up for less surprising wins for the rest of the night. Julie Bowen from "Modern Family" beating Jane Lynch for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy meant it wasn't that big a surprise when Ty Burrell and the show also won. Still, it was a pretty amazing season (I was stuck on lots of planes this summer and several showed episodes from this show).
1. "Amazing Race" reclaiming its Best Reality Show title. It's won like 7 of the 8 years the category has existed.
2. Jon Stewart and the Daily Show taking their 9th straight win for variety show. It might be time they retired the category - and I love and adore both the Daily Show and Jon Stewart, but it would be nice to share some love.
3. Kate Winslet and Mildred Pierce taking it for the mini-series category. I haven't seen it yet (can't wait actually) but Kate's outburst thinking they wouldn't win anything seemed somehow not particularly genuine. False modesty doesn't work when you recently won an Oscar.
4. "Mad Men" won again. So?
5. Okay, it was a pretty good show and Jane Lynch was funny, so I don't have another thing that wasn't surprising. But I guess the fact that Jane Lynch hosted a good show wasn't particularly surprising.
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