|Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. CAN'T LOSE this time.|
But my well-documented love for television and movies make the Emmys and Oscars must-see TV. This year, a number of superb shows and marvelously talented people were nominated and I had hopes, dare I say high hopes, of some spectacular wins. Happily, I was not completely disappointed.
That said, the show itself was a major loss.
|The Emmytones. Shame. Shame. Shame.|
Despite the horrid overall flavor of the show, the highlights, when they came, were stellar.
|Modern Family FTW - again|
I love Modern Family - the Halloween episode gave me a stomach cramp from laughing - and adore Downton Abbey and don't care in the slightest that they cleaned up in their respective categories. Before the winner of Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy was announced, Ed O'Neill reportedly said to his fellow nominees/cast members, "remember, whoever wins deserves this." I think that says a lot about that cast and crew and the quality they bring to this incredibly funny show. I look at its repeat dominance of the awards as payback for every year Two and a Half Men and/or Charlie Sheen made the cut, for each time Everybody Loves Raymond beat out Friends. If that makes me shallow and petty, I'm really OK with that.
|The Fabulous Women.|
|Joyous Margo Martindale|
I think it's notable that both Melissa McMarthy's and Margo Martindale's (M squared times two!) unexpected wins were for women of plus-size, as society prefers to politely label us (and for McCarthy, it was for a show about a plus-sized couple). Personally, I was thrilled to see appearance judgment take a back seat to talent and skill for a change. Huzzah ladies. You rock at any size.
A Lannister Always Wins His Emmy
Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose.
KYLE FREAKING CHANDLER!
'Bout damn time.
I shouted "YES!!!" as his name was announced, clenched fists raised victoriously (as though I had anything to do with it), a combined effect that made the cats scurry from the bed in fear.
This show, oh this show, was so unlike anything else on television. It broke your heart and warmed your soul at the same time. And holding the strong center was the marriage of Eric and Tammy Taylor, pitch-perfectly played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (who was robbed of that Emmy, which is my only comment on Juliana Margulies' Best Actress win - ROBBED).
That it took four years either of them to receive any kind of Emmy recognition is a crime. That it took five for an actual win is nothing less than tragic.
Still, we'll take it.
All in all, the Emmy Awards of 2011 was a show that consistently made me say - out loud and on Twitter - "what the hell is going on here?" But being able to see some of my favorite people on television today accept well-deserved and often overdue awards for fine, fine work was a particular delight.
For that, I'll even endure Michael Bolton's singing pirate so long as next time he brings the rum.
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