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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards! The Good! The Bad! (Spoiler: Game of Thrones Won Again)

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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards was Sunday night. Host Jimmy Kimmel guided us through the award show. Here are some of my thoughts on the night.

The Good

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  • The kids from Stranger Things won for most adorable. Not only did they deliver peanut butter sandwiches to the audience, they also performed “Uptown Funk” on stage before the show!
  • I actually enjoyed the opening video. I loved seeing Kimmel car hopping through television shows. Surprisingly, Jeb Bush made a cameo and was quite good!
  • Alan Yang slayed in his acceptance speech for Best Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None saying, “There’s 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, and there’s 17 million Italian-Americans. They have ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘The Sopranos.’ We got Long Duk Dong. So we got a long way to go, but I know we can get there. I believe in us. It’s just going to take a lot of hard work. Asian parents out there, if you could just do me a favor and just a couple of you get your kids cameras instead of violins, we would be all good.”
  • Aziz Ansari didn’t get a chance to say his acceptance speech for Master of None until later in the show when he was presenting. Not only did he thank his parents on stage, but he gave them a shout out on Instagram.
  • Kate McKinnon won Saturday Night Live their first win in a major acting category!
  • Jill Soloway won Best Director in a Comedy Series for Transparent and had a powerful speech calling for the end of violence against transgendered people. She ended with, “Topple the patriarchy!
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ had me chuckling one minute with the political jokes then tearing up with the reveal her father passed away on Friday.
  • Jeffrey Tambor shushed the band trying to play him off for his very important message. He called for Hollywood to hire more transgendered people saying, “I would very much like to be the last cisgender male
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    playing a transgender female. I think we are there now.”

  • National treasure Leslie Jones gets an awesome last say over her Twitter harassment and website hack. Honey, you are beautiful. Everyone here at What the Fangirl loves and supports you!
  • It was sweet to see Tom Hiddleston give his director for The Night Manager Susanne Bier her Emmy award for Best Director for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. He was presenting the category and was thrilled for her win.
  • The People vs. OJ Simpson dominated with five wins.
  • I love John Oliver, so I’m super excited about his win for Outstanding Variety Talk Series!
  • Rami Malek’s, “Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” was the cutest opening line of any acceptance speech.
  • Between Game of Thrones and Tatiana Maslany’s win for Orphan Black in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, it’s great seeing genre shows getting some recognition.
  • Congratulations to Game of Thrones for their many wins, but it allowed Brittany Duke from Once Upon A Podcast to have this marvelous Tweet poking fun at them: what-the-fangirl-emmy-tweet2

The Bad

  • The band was trigger happy playing off everyone. A few winners (see Aziz Ansari above) didn’t get to fully enjoy their moment. TV Critic Ryan McGee summed it up nicely with my favorite Tweet of the night: what-the-fangirl-emmy-tweet
  • While Jimmy Kimmel started strong, his jokes slid downhill over the course of the night. From his tasteless joke following Jill Soloway’s pro-transgendered speech to the Bill Cosby “appearance” that didn’t quite take off, I found myself hoping that John Oliver or Tina Fey would rush the stage to take over.
  • And about the gluten thing he said: I get how tough it is to be around people with a gluten allergy. My twelve year old niece has Celiac, and we go to great lengths to protect her from a slice of bread. I know it would have really hurt her to hear a famous person call her medical condition “annoying.” It’s like calling a person with cancer a jerk, because they’re sick with a disease they didn’t ask for. Though, the EpiPen joke was pretty spot on.
  • I’m biased because it’s one of my favorite shows, but Project Runway should have beaten The Voice. Tim Gunn is a gift to the fashion industry and women everywhere.
  • I liked Grease Live! as much as the next person, but I’m in the Team Beyonce camp on this one. I can’t believe they lost that category.
  • I realized something towards the end of the show. They would play clips from shows for the male nominees but not for the female ones. What’s up with that?
  • The one of the biggest snubs this year wasn’t shown on the primetime show. Steven Universe lost to Robot Chicken in the Outstanding Short Form Animated Series category. I have two problems with this. what-the-fangirl-emmy-steven-universeOne, I wish that the Animated Series award was part of the primetime show like at the Academy Awards. They deserve just as much recognition as the other nominees. Second, Steven Universe is one of the most progressive shows around. Many of the winners at the Emmy’s talked about diversity in television. Steven Universe, this “kids” show, is beating out most Hollywood “adult” shows in that aspect. It has many people of color who are voiced by people of color (Estelle, Nikki Minaj, Deedee Magno, Michaela Dietz, Jennifer Paz, Matthew Moy to name a few), LGBTQ+ representation, three female leads, women with all body types, throws out traditional masculinity ideas, tackles abusive relationships, and was the only show in that category that was created by a woman. “The Answer,” the episode that was nominated, was the story of two lesbians falling in love and showing that is was normal. This is on a children’s show. Steven Universe isn’t just changing the face of kids television. It’s forging the path to the future of ALL television.

Interesting Moments

  • In all four acting comedy categories, female characters won the award even though two of the roles were played by men.
  • I’m on the fence about whether or not I like the “Maggie Smith Rule” joke. I laughed when Kimmel rolled it out in the opening speech. When she actually won, he Kanye-ed the moment for me. I’ll put it in my “meh” moments and move on.

 

Do you agree with me? What winners were you excited about? Who was snubbed? Let us know in the comments!

Check out the full list of winners (thanks to Entertainment Weekly for this):

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Game of Thrones – WINNER
Mr. Robot
House of Cards
Downton Abbey
Better Call Saul
The Americans
Homeland

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Veep – WINNER
Transparent
Modern Family
Black-ish
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Master of None

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – WINNER
Fargo
American Crime
Roots
The Night Manager

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) – WINNER
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Kyle Chandler (Bloodline)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – WINNER
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)
Keri Russell (The Americans)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) – WINNER
Anthony Anderson (black-ish)
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
William H. Macy (Shameless)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – WINNER
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Laurie Metcalf (Getting On)
Tracee Ellis-Ross (black-ish)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Bryan Cranston (All the Way)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Abominable Bride)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) – WINNER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill)
Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) – WINNER
Lili Taylor (American Crime)
Kerry Washington (Confirmation)

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Voice – WINNER
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
Project Runway
Dancing With the Stars
American Ninja Warrior

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER
The Late Late Show With James Corden
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
All the Way
Confirmation
Luther
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – WINNER
A Very Murray Christmas

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele 
– WINNER
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) – WINNER
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) – WINNER
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
Maura Tierney (The Affair)
Constance Zimmer (UnREAL)

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Sources Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, LA Times, NPR, Vanity Fair, Hollywood Reporter, The Mary Sue, and many Twitter accounts.

Hope set out into the world to be a Pokemon Coordinator. When she realized that Pokemon were not real, she pursued her other passion: writing. Hope was raised in fandoms and saw how they can help save the world from her work with The Harry Potter Alliance. Now, she works to bring that love into writing one article at a time. She's also a diehard Atlanta Braves fan, so don't diss her team.

1 Comment

  1. Aaron Henley

    September 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I’m surprised at what happened with Steven Universe. I didn’t even know Robot Chicken still made new episodes to be honest. But SU is a completely different animal from mad scientists and crazy humping robots. It’s provocative, doesn’t talk down to kids, is inclusive without posting a flashing neon sign about it. I think the people who do awards really need to sit down and have a long talk about their categories because media has vastly changed from even a few years ago.

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