Sunday night time’s 2021 Emmy Awards obtained off to a rollicking begin — and hardly ever let up, leaving final year’s COVID-shellshocked ceremony safely in its rearview mirror.
What a distinction a year makes.
There have been no large surprises; as anticipated, each “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” cleaned up (Best Comedy, Best Drama and stars/cost-star of each, together with Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Colman). “WandaVision” didn’t win, however there’s at all times subsequent year.
Host Cedric the Entertainer led a boppy opening rap tune/tribute to the late Biz Markie (“TV, I got what you need”) — signaling that, regardless of COVID protocols, it was all about having enjoyable. Tracee Ellis Ross, Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford, LL Cool J, Dave Burd, Anthony Anderson and many others obtained into the act. But Rita Wilson? Why?
Cedric’s opening monologue was intelligent and topical and felt like a (toned down) model of his stand-up act. I favored that, for as soon as, the preachiness and politics have been stored largely at bay. “Hacks” star Jean Smart gave an aesthetic acceptance speech, choking everybody up when she thanked her late husband, Richard Gilliland, who died in March. A memorable second.
The “Schitt’s Creek” gang’s teleprompter snafu was entertaining (whether or not actual or scripted). There have been some misfires: obnoxious “The Queen’s Gambit” director Scott Frank, who wouldn’t shut up and ignored his musical cue to get off the stage (twice); Bowen Yang’s “counting my steps” shtick; and the Tichina Arnold/Beth Behrs “heckling” bit.
But I actually favored the intelligent “Emmys Group Therapy” bit (Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula, Alyson Hannigan, Fred Savage, Zooey Deschanel, Dr. Phil). Deschanel: “I haven’t gained an Emmy. My era isn’t into awards. We’re all deserving of affection and respect … but in addition, the place’s my bleepin’ Emmy?
“All in all, it was a lively, fun-filled telecast — a rare “talker” in a often boring, overblown style.
Surprise: Hannah Waddingham for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
Not as a result of she doesn’t deserve it (she does), however as a result of I figured she would cancel out fellow “Ted Lasso” co-star Juno Temple. Would’ve been good to see the “other Hannah,” Einbinder, win.
Snub: Ann Dowd
Seriously? Gillian Anderson? For Best Supporting Actress in a Drama? Her desiccated Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” sounded constipated — actually. What the hell was that? Ann Dowd, who continues to shine as Aunt Lydia, deserved this.
Surprise: Kaley Cuoco’s neon ‘revenge’ dress.
“The Flight Attendant” actress, who was nominated tonight for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, shocked on the purple carpet and through the awards ceremony, for her first look with out her husband Karl Cook. The 35-year-old actress announced she was separating from her husband of three years in early September.
Surprise: Will this man please shut up!
Scott Frank, the director of “The Queen’s Gambit,” wouldn’t shut up and dissed his playing-off music and prattled on and on. His longer than wanted acceptance speech was actually obnoxious and uncalled-for.
Snub: Michael Okay. Williams
Michael Okay. Williams ought to’ve gained for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Not due to his latest demise on the age of 54, (the voting occurred earlier than that, anyway), however as a result of he delivered a finely crafted, nuanced efficiency in “Lovecraft Country.” Winner Tobias Menzies was nice as Prince Philip — however sufficient with “The Crown” already.
Surprise: Reggie Watts
Who knew that comic Reggie Watts had such an amazing announcer’s voice? He adopts a variety of accents in his off-kilter standup act — however this can be a first. He confirmed up for his announcer’s gig.
Surprise: Olivia Colman for Lead Actress in a Drama Series
She was nice, however my money was on Uzo Aduba for “In Treatment.” At least they ignored Elisabeth Moss. Enough with all of the full-screen close-ups of her smirking on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Snub: “The Boys”
“The Boys” ought to have gained Outstanding Drama Series (although it’s more of a darkish comedy). It’s the best-written, most sharply acted present on tv proper now — a surreal mixture of violence, humor, intercourse and gore.
Surprise: Josh O’Connor for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
He was strong as Prince Charles in “The Crown” and delivered a measured, mature efficiency. I’m shocked, however glad, they awarded a first-time nominee.