'Mrs. Maisel' Takes Over Emmy's Snorefest

Review and winners of the 2018 Emmy Awards
Kevin Jost and Michael Che (NBC)
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I might be getting old, but it seems to me that there was a time when watching award shows was actually fun. It’s been awhile. With Michael Che and Colin Jost serving as host to tonight’s Emmy Awards, I thought that maybe the tide was turning. At least the night was overcome with political humor. Instead, the “whiteness” of Hollywood and the #MeToo movement took center stage. After a somewhat funny song and dance number routine about the diversifying of televison by Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson and friends, Che and Jost continued the theme with rapid fire jokes.

Review and winners of the 2018 Emmy Awards
Henry Winkler (NBC)
Diversification was indeed the theme of the night even if the awards given didn’t reflect that sentiment. Oddly the diversification of shows represented only pointed to the fact about how the Emmy’s have changed over the years. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the CW were barely mentioned while cable networks Netflix, HBO, FX and others took home all of the prizes. Understandably, many of these cable shows are superior to what you can find on the traditional networks, but honestly, it seems that more and more the powers that be go out of their way to ignore the actual good shows most of us watch every week in favor of the odd and obscure ones that many of us don’t.

This year’s award show was odd for other reasons as well. Each category was introduced with short clips and THEN the presenters were brought out to share some awkward banter instead of the other way around. Most the presenter’s shtick didn’t work with the exception of Sandra Oh who “panicked” and ripped the winner’s envelope in half before reading. Even the usually funny Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell were flat tonight. Then add in the painfully unfunny moments with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen sharing “fascinating facts” about the Emmys and you could see how this could and should have been a lot more fun.

The biggest travesty though was the fact that the awards celebrated a milestone - 70 years. You would think that NBC could have found some footage from the previous 69 years they could have used for a tribute. Perhaps even brought up some of yesterday's biggest stars (with the exception Ms. White). Perhaps a tribute to best theme song? It just appeared as if everyone was just wanting to get it over with.

Review and winners of the 2018 Emmy Awards
Betty White (NBC)
But it wasn’t all lame though. Henry “The Fonz” Winkler won his first Emmy award at the age of 72 (he was nominated five times before) for his work on HBO’s Barry. He read his speech that he said was written many years ago and at the end, he told his children that they could now go to bed. Betty White, received a standing ovation for her appearance for her work in the industry since 1949. At 96 years of age, she is just starting to show her age. Then perhaps the biggest moment of the night (at least the one that everyone can agree was the best) was when Glenn Weiss (who most of us don’t know) won for best directing a variety special for this year’s Oscars. He first thanked his mother who passed away two weeks earlier and then he proposed to his girlfriend Jan (who his mother always liked!). It was pretty awesome.




Winners for Outstanding Performances:
Review and winners of the 2018 Emmy Awards
Glenn Weiss and the future Mrs. Weiss (NBC)

  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler, Barry
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Writing for a Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “Pilot”
  • Directing for a Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “Pilot”
  • Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader, Barry
  • Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Black Mirror: “USS Callister”
  • Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramaic Special: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, Seven Seconds
  • Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Writing for a Variety Special: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
  • Directing for a Variety Special: The Oscars
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Kinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton, Westworld
  • Writing for a Drama Series: The Americans: “Start”
  • Directing for a Drama Series: The Crown: “Paterfamilias”
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rys, The Americans
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Sereis: Claire Foy, The Crown
  • Realty-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
  • Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Drama Series: Game of Thrones


Other Awards Previously Announced:

Review and winners of the 2018 Emmy Awards
Kevin Jost, Michael Che
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen
  • Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
  • Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live
  • Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Katt Williams, Atlanta
  • TV Movie: USS Callister: Black Mirror
  • Animated Program: Rick and Morty
  • Short Form Animated Program: Robot Chicken
  • Character Voiceover Performance: Alex Borstein, Family Guy
  • Children’s Program: The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
  • Contemporary Costumes: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes: Game of Thrones
  • Period Costumes: The Crown
  • Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: James Corden’s Next James Corden
  • Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: James Corden’s Next James Corden
  • Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: Break A Hip, Christina Pickles as Biz
  • Original Main Title Theme Music: Godless


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