Sunday night was the Emmy Awards, always my favorite awards show because I watch more TV than I do movies (certainly true since co-creating two new humans in the last five years), and despite not having seen a lot of the winning shows (I always make really good lists of shows we “Must start watching!” the night of the Emmys), I was as usual entertained by the telecast.
There were a few shocking winners, a few winners I expected, and lots of laughs.
Some thoughts from a night TV got together and paid tribute to its past as much as its present:
— There was no host, but the opening bits worked great, with Bryan Cranston coming on as “savior” and a really funny gag with Ben Stiller putting the still-alive Bob Newhart standing in a line of wax figures of dead comedians.
Man, when Bob Newhart finally does pass away, the Emmy tribute to him will go on for hours. As it should.
— Shocker of the night: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, trying to go 7-for-7 in the Best lead comedy actress category for “Veep”, was beaten by Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag,” which I’m told I gotta start watching. I literally said “Wow!” when this award was announced.
— How Kate McKinnon continues to be amazing and yet NOT win Emmy Awards is a tragedy. She gets passed over way too often.
— Great that Tony Shalhoub won for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for best supporting actor. He’s terrific in everything. But I really, really wanted Anthony Corrigan from “Barry” to triumph, because his NoHo Hank character is freaking fantastic.
— Thrilled that Bill Hader won for “Barry,” and also very happy to see Maisel’s Alex Bornstein win; both are fantastic and also Bornstein gave a very funny acceptance speech.
— The canned pre-planned comedy bits were mostly, as usual, lame. But Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel’s mock-anger over the show not having a host was pretty hilarious.
— Simply outstanding speech by Michelle Williams, who won for “Fosse/Verdon” talking about opportunities given her, and how women, and especially women of color, should be paid more and certainly equally to men.
“When a woman, especially a woman of color … tells you what she needs to do her job, listen to her… so that she can succeed because of her environment and not in spite of it.”
Tremendous speech that you should watch here. Michelle Williams has come a looong way from “Dawson’s Creek.”
— Best-dressed and worst-dressed of the night, as always in this space provided by my wife:
Best: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Catherine O’Hara. (I’d like to add that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Laura Linney looked amazing). Also, in the boys “I wouldn’t kick him out of bed,” category she liked Jason Bateman, Peter Krause, and Sterling K. Brown of “This is Us.” He’s crazy handsome, I agree.
Worst: Nobody truly terrible, but Taraji P. Henson’s dress wasn’t great, and what in the hell died on top of Billy Porter’s head? Also, Halsey, singing the death montage, seemed to be missing the bottom of her skirt.
**Finally, a couple quick NFL Week 3 thoughts, when a new star was born in New York, a paranoid coach made me laugh in New England, and this QB in Kansas City continues to amaze:
— Well that was one hell of a debut for the New York Giants new QB. Eli Manning was finally benched this week, years after he should’ve been, and the rookie Daniel Jones stepped in and was amazingly good. Scored two touchdowns running, threw for two more, and led the Giants to their first win of the year.
All those Giants fans screaming bloody murder after the Draft about taking Jones so high at No. 6? I don’t think they’re complaining today.
Oh and the Giants tried really hard to lose the game despite Jones’ heroics, but there’s a rule somewhere
— So there was nothing really surprising about the Patriots’ 30-14 beatdown of the Jets, except maybe that the Jets actually scored two touchdowns (they were on special teams and on defense, but still, it’s two more TD’s than I thought they’d get!), but I had to laugh out loud at Bill Belichick’s comical paranoia in the fourth quarter. So there’s only about six minutes left, it’s 30-7, and the Pats have pulled Tom Brady for backup QB Jarrett Stidham.
Stidham promptly throws a pick-six, returned for a TD by Jamal Adams.
So now it’s 30-14, and the game is totally over, there’s no way the Jets are scoring two more touchdowns… and yet Coach Hoodie puts Brady back into the game.
Totally cracked me up. He’s so freaking paranoid.
— So Patrick Mahomes is just ridiculously good. I saw a good bit of Ravens-Chiefs (which was wildly fun; Lamar Jackson is going to be a WAY better NFL quarterback than I thought he was) and what struck me again about Mahomes is how effortless he makes playing quarterback seem. The guy is just so fluid, so smooth, and just makes plays. The Chiefs will go 14-2, because even though their defense isn’t great, Mahomes is.
— The 49ers are 3-0 So are the Bills. The Steelers are 0-3. You never know what’s going to happen in this sport.