This just sums it all up. I had a blast 2/3 of the time, and then was confused/ready to be done the rest of the awards. Especially the miniseries/movie portion. Just me or did it go on FOREVER?. Also, I want to be BFF’s with these three.
First off, I want to talk about the actual show. It was great. I though Jimmy Fallon was great and had two great high points of the night. I can not get “Born to Run” out of my head. I’m a fan of host Fallon’s “6-bee” Glee parody on his late night show. So I got really excited when he saw the flier at the beginning of the sketch. And then Betty White and Jon Hamm and Tina Fey and Joel McHale and Jorge Garcia showed up. And I lost it.
When will I stop watching this? As soon as Jon and Joel and Jorge and Tina aren’t in it anymore.
Fallon’s other high point of the night also included musical parodies- his moving “in memorium” tribute to 24, Law and Order and Lost, as sung by Elton John, Boyz II Men and Green Day.
Say what you will about Fallon’s talent, but the dude is pretty amazing at the impressions.
Two other highlights of the night came from George Clooney, love of my mother’s life. The first came in a Modern Family sketch:
Being in bed with George Clooney makes everything better
The second was his acceptance speech after being presented with the Bob Hope Humaitarian Award. He did it with class and humor and had a great call to action thrown in there: we need to remember these people after the news trucks are gone.(I can’t find video, so the text will have to work…)
It’s important to remember how much good can get done, because we live in such strange times where bad behavior sucks up all the attention and press. And the people who really need the spotlight: the Haitians, the Sudanese, people in the Gulf Coast.. Pakistan, they can’t get any.
I thought maybe there was a way to combine the two. I have offered to go to the south Sudan and have a wardrobe malfunction, but it was pointed out to me that I’m 49 and the consensus was that it would just be upsetting and kind of sad.When the disaster happens, everybody wants to help, everybody in this room wants to help, everybody at home wants to help. The hard part is seven months later, five years later, when we’re on to a new story. Honestly, we fail at that, most of the time. That’s the facts.
I fail at that.
So here’s hoping that some very bright person right here in the room or at home watching can help find a way to keep the spotlight burning on these heartbreaking situations that continue to be heartbreaking long after the cameras go away. That would be an impressive accomplishment. Thank you.
Now the awards (and how not well I did at picking them!):
Some of the awards that I had picked were presented last Saturday night at the Creative Emmys. As far as the guest acting awards go, I had two of them! The Betty White and John Lithgow picks was a no-brainers. NPH was a surprise, but that may have been because there was no way he was going to get Supporting Actor for HIMYM. And I had no clue on Drama Actress, just a pick based on a scene where my favorite character was hooking up with the love of his life.
I will debate this next award with anyone: no way 24 had better music than Lost. I’m not even going to go listen to see if it’s true. I just know in my soul that I’m right. Because no one is better than Giacchino. Not possible.
And my over-investment in children’s programing paid off: so glad that Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie won. I love that show/characters and that was the best DCOM in a while.
“The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” had no competition. Name another new commercial this year. In fact, it was even parodied during the Primetime awards by someone in the comedy division…I don’t remember who though.
The comedy awards were pretty good- I picked the wrong Modern Family actor, but loved the acceptance speech of Eric Stonestreet. The rest of the awards I was spot on with.
I didn’t do so well in picking drama awards– I knew Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler weren’t going to win. But yet, I was disappointed that they didn’t. The actors didn’t leave any surprises, but the actresses did: who saw Kyra Sedgwick coming? Same with Archie Panjabi, but more with Sedgwick. I, and most, thought Margulies had this wrapped up after Globes and the SAGs… Even though I picked Mad Men, it was a pleasant surprise to see it win again.
And yes, I was royally upset with the Daily Show for winning over Conan. Especially the producer or whoever from the Daily Show who was really smug and annoying.
And with that, it’s almost time for a new television season to start. Unfortunantly, due to NFL, when NBC has the broadcasting duty, the awards are super early, so we’re left hanging for a few more weeks. Maybe by then I’ll have “Born to Run” out of my head.