The 2014 Emmy Awards

"That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix."
-- Seth Meyers during his opening monologue.

Yes, it's still August. Yes, it's Monday night. Neither fact stopped NBC from airing the 66th Annual Emmy Awards tonight.

Seth Meyers was the host and he did a terrific job. His opening monologue was laugh out loud funny. Unfortunately, the show quickly went downhill from there. The same faces and same shows keep winning. Mark Greig, sunbunny, and I (ChrisB) were trying to get excited, but our enthusiasm quickly died out.

There were some good moments. Weird Al did a very funny Game of Thrones theme song spoof. The In Memoriam segment this year was a reminder of just how many people we have lost this year, too many too young. It all ended, appropriately, with a tribute to Robin Williams. Billy Crystal delivered a eulogy that was one of the most beautiful I have ever heard. Tears flowed.

Overall, however, it much the same as it always is. Seriously, it's time for a change from the Modern Family juggernaut. Breaking Bad also swept, but at least it won't be in contention next year.

Here are those the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences felt worthy of an Emmy this year:

COMEDY AWARDS

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louie C.K., Louie, "So Did The Fat Lady"
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, Vegas

DRAMA AWARDS

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad, "Ozymandias"
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective, "Who Goes There"

MOVIE/MINISERIES AWARDS

Outstanding Miniseries: Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie: The Normal Heart

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Colin Bucksey, Fargo, "Buridan's Ass"

VARIETY AWARDS

Outstanding Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Outstanding Variety Special: AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, "Jimmy Fallon"
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, The 67th Tony Awards

REALITY AWARDS

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Structured Reality Program: Shark Tank
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: Deadliest Catch

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Many more people win Emmy's but not all are televised. For a complete list, click here.

Now, on to sunbunny for the fashion wrap-up.

I decided to take a nap before the Emmys this year and ended up inadvertently sleeping through the red carpet, almost always my favorite part of any awards show. I was heartbroken, until I looked around online for what everyone was wearing. Now I’m sort of glad I missed it. Seriously, what a snooze fest. There were a few spectacular misses, a couple hits, but nothing that really made my jaw drop. That said, let’s move on to the night’s biggest trends.

Brightly Colored Dresses That Look Really Uncomfortable:


First Row: Presenter Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) in Oscar de la Renta, Winner Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) in Christian Siriano, Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black)
Second Row: Laura Prepon (Orange is the New Black) in Gustavo Cadile, Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex) in Rubin Singer

These colors are gorgeous but I can’t help but wonder how these women made it through the night in such stiff fabrics. Particularly poor Laura Prepon.

Orange and the New Black:


Nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal) in Prada and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) in J. Mendel

Okay, just because the Emmys came early this year doesn’t mean Halloween will too. Kerry, Natalie, you know I love you both, but orange and black is one of those fashion rules that isn’t made to be broken. Aside from the color schemes of their gowns, I have to say they both looked gorgeous.

Holy Plunging Neckline Batman!:


Winner Sarah Silverman (We Are Miracles), Presenter Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) in Loren Sarbu, Presenter Gwen Stefani in Versace

There’s nothing wrong with showing off what you got, but some of the dresses tonight had me praying that their wearers had abused their double sided tape. At least Hayden and Gwen’s dresses had something to hold them together. I was terrified for Sarah Silverman, particularly when she decided to actually jog up to the stage to accept her statue.

Also spotted on the red carpet: plenty of halters, a lot of red, and a smattering of white dresses with long sleeves.

Worst Dressed (Runner Up):


Nominee Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven) in Armani Privé

This is actually a cute dress. For attending a formal Halloween party as a lady bug maybe. But for the Emmys? Nope.

Worst Dressed (Again):


Nominee Lena Dunham (Girls) in Giambattista Valli

Oh, Lena. I don’t know if she doesn’t try or if she doesn’t care. Nothing was right about this from the dress to the platinum blonde hair to the heavy makeup. Nothing matched anything else. Besides, Kaylee wore it better.


Best Dressed (Honorable Mentions):


Allison Williams (Girls) in Giambattista Valli and Nominee Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) in Theia

I wasn’t totally convinced about the combination of the black bow and the yellow sash on Allison’s dress, but I’m a sucker for a ball gown. As for Amy Poehler, the funny lady looks like a disco ball crossed with a mermaid...but in a good way. Plus her casual hair and makeup keep her super sparkly gown from looking too Vegas showgirl.

Best Dressed:


Nominee Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) in Donna Karan.

I am as surprised as you. After a memorable string of truly terrible red carpet choices, Janis Ian Lizzy Caplan completely redeemed herself in a stunning black and white gown. The fitted, cut out top balanced the train and her sleek hair and smoky eyes didn’t distract. Practically flawless.

So what did you think of the show? The winners? The fashions? Let us know in the comments!

3 comments:

Billie Doux said...

As much as the show deserves it, I'm glad that this is Breaking Bad's last, too. It's been leader of the pack for way too long.

sunbunny, your fashion rundown made me laugh out loud four or five times. That dress on Laura Prepon looked like the designer had all this extra material so they decided to use it all as creatively as possible, but while stoned.

Juliette said...

Happy for Uzo Aduba, and she looks amazing in that dress, though I wouldn't want to wear it myself!

mazephoenix said...

Oh dear why did those poor muppets have to die just so Lena Dunham could have a dress?