Sunday night time’s 2021 Emmy Awards acquired off to a rollicking begin — and barely let up, leaving final 12 months’s COVID-shellshocked ceremony safely in its rearview mirror.
What a distinction a 12 months makes.
There were no big surprises; as expected, each “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown” cleaned up (Finest Comedy, Finest Drama and stars/cost-star of each, together with Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Colman). “WandaVision” didn’t win, however there’s all the time subsequent 12 months.
Host Cedric the Entertainer led a boppy opening rap tune/tribute to the late Biz Markie (“TV, I acquired what you want”) — 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 plenty of others acquired into the act. However Rita Wilson? Why?
Cedric’s opening monologue was intelligent and topical and felt like a (toned down) model of his stand-up act. I appreciated that, for as soon as, the preachiness and politics have been saved principally at bay. “Hacks” star Jean Sensible gave a classy acceptance speech, choking everyone 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.
However I actually appreciated the intelligent “Emmys Group Remedy” bit (Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula, Alyson Hannigan, Fred Savage, Zooey Deschanel, Dr. Phil). Deschanel: “I haven’t received an Emmy. My era isn’t into awards. We’re all deserving of affection and respect … but additionally, the place’s my bleepin’ Emmy?
“All in all, it was a energetic, fun-filled telecast — a uncommon “talker” in a often boring, overblown style.
Shock: Hannah Waddingham for Finest 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 “different Hannah,” Einbinder, win.
Snub: Ann Dowd
Severely? Gillian Anderson? For Finest 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.
Shock: Kaley Cuoco’s neon ‘revenge’ gown.
“The Flight Attendant” actress, who was nominated tonight for Finest Lead Actress in a Comedy Collection, shocked on the purple carpet and throughout the awards ceremony, for her first look with out her husband Karl Prepare dinner. The 35-year-old actress announced she was separating from her husband of three years in early September.
Shock: 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 Ok. Williams
Michael Ok. Williams ought to’ve received for Finest Supporting Actor in a Drama. Not due to his latest loss of life on the age of 54, (the voting happened earlier than that, anyway), however as a result of he delivered a finely crafted, nuanced efficiency in “Lovecraft Nation.” Winner Tobias Menzies was wonderful as Prince Philip — however sufficient with “The Crown” already.
Shock: Reggie Watts
Who knew that comic Reggie Watts had such an awesome announcer’s voice? He adopts a variety of accents in his off-kilter standup act — however it is a first. He confirmed up for his announcer’s gig.
Shock: Olivia Colman for Lead Actress in a Drama Collection
She was wonderful, however my cash was on Uzo Aduba for “In Therapy.” At the least they ignored Elisabeth Moss. Sufficient with all of the full-screen close-ups of her smirking on “The Handmaid’s Story.”
Snub: “The Boys”
“The Boys” ought to have received Excellent Drama Collection (although it’s extra 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.
Shock: Josh O’Connor for Finest Lead Actor in a Drama Collection
He was strong as Prince Charles in “The Crown” and delivered a measured, mature efficiency. I’m stunned, however glad, they awarded a first-time nominee.