We’ve always wondered how many Emmy acceptance speeches go to waste each year. Most winners claim they were “unprepared” because they didn’t “expect to win,” but there are also the winners who take a piece of paper out of their pocket with their acceptance speech outlines. Better safe than sorry, right? READ FULL STORY
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Hold up: Did you hear that Tina Fey had a slight wardrobe malfunction at last Sunday’s Emmy Awards?
Yeah, that topless shot in her last batch of SNL promos wasn’t totally without context. “If you videotaped it and like, slowed it down for one second, when I went to hug my friend Tracey Wigfield, who I won the Emmy with, I guess there was a little momentary situation,” Fey explained to her longtime pal Jimmy Fallon on Late Night yesterday. Only “some creeper” would have thought to look for it, Fey said — and if you want to be that creeper, you’re welcome to scrutinize Fey and Wigfield’s acceptance speech.
In less naked news, Fey and Fallon also spent a good portion of their chat talking about their kids. Specifically, newish dad Fallon asked for advice from Fey, who by now is an old pro at raising daughters. Her best words of guidance: “You just want them to be little fun weirdos and nerds for as long as possible.” And if the stories Fey then told about her oldest daughter Alice are any indication, she’s certainly fomenting a wonderfully weird environment. (Also: Is it just me, or does Fey’s imitation of Alice make her sound an awful lot like Nasim Pedrad’s SNL character Bedelia?)
The silver lining to being rejected by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? Simple: You get an automatic invite to the official Losers Lounge party, sponsored by nine-time Emmy loser Amy Poehler and 11-time loser Jon Hamm.
Jeff Daniels summed it up nicely: “Well, crap!”
That was the Newsroom star’s opening line when he accepted his Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama. But he might as well have been speaking for the rest of us. Last night’s winners list was so baffling, I half-expected seven different Tatiana Maslanys to jump up on stage and claim their trophies, even though the Orphan Black actress was snubbed.
True, there were a few wonderful upsets. As an avowed fan of Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever, I actually said “Yes!” out loud when she won for Supporting Actress in a Comedy — and that was before she delivered the best anti-speech speech of the night. (“Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go. Bye!”) When Tony Hale stepped on stage to claim his Supporting Actor award for Veep, it started to feel like we were watching some sort of Bizarro Emmys, where the people who deserved to win actually did. Then things got weird. Jonathan Banks and Mandy Patinkin got passed over in favor of Bobby Cannavale, though in his defense, Cannavale worked insanely hard for that victory, right down to his final rubber-hose beat-down. (As my colleague Darren Franich pointed out, “No other nominee could say, ‘I filmed a gunfight where I was completely naked and covered in blood.’”) And Daniels’ win made the internet angry. When he beat Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm for a season of The Newsroom that at least one critic compared to the crash-and-burn spectacularity of NASA’s Vanguard rocket explosion, you’d think it was an American tragedy so solemn that Will McEvoy will surely deliver a self-important monologue about it next season, to the strains of some sad Coldplay song.
And yet, watching this, something struck me: you can’t really be outraged if you don’t already have a pretty good idea of who’s expected to win. Never in history have viewers had access to more information about who to vote for in their Emmys office pools — simple Googling can get you critics’ picks, industry insiders’ picks, even gamblers’ betting odds — and maybe that’s why these upsets felt like such a shock. At a time when TV viewing habits are getting more and more niche, the Emmy picks for who will win (as opposed to who should) are the one thing that many experts and fans agree upon. READ FULL STORY
After the party is the after party! We hit the best bashes in town to find out what the stars were up to after winning (… or not winning) those golden trophies.
First up, the Governors Ball at the L.A. Convention Center:
Midway through Hour Three of this year’s Emmys, host Neil Patrick Harris joked: “No one in America is winning their office pool.” Except that wasn’t really a joke: The 2013 Emmy Awards featured seven big upsets in the major primetime awards. Longtime also-rans got their moment in the sun. Some low-key performances beat out showier and more popular contenders. And, well, the boys of Breaking Bad boys went home emptyhanded. (But don’t weep for them too much.) Below, we rank the upsets from “We should’ve seen that coming” to “We couldn’t have seen that coming even if we were writing a TV show about this two years from now.”
7. The Colbert Report for Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won this award for a straight decade, a winning streak unparallelled in Emmys history. But if any series was ever going to beat Daily Show, it had to be spinoff Colbert. Colbert‘s win comes, somewhat auspiciously, after Stewart took the summer off. Could this indicate a changing of the guard in the Comedy Central late night political-comedy racket? More importantly: Since it technically aired outside this year’s Emmys eligibility period, does this mean we might get an acceptance-speech recreation of the Colbert “Get Lucky” video at Emmys 2014? READ FULL STORY
The Emmys honor the best performances, but the Emmys telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:
1. Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: The night’s first winner had the most succinct speech: “Thank you so — Oh no! Thanks so much. Um. Thank you so much! Um…I gotta go. Bye,” she said. Backstage, she explained: “It’s hard to do those,” she said. “I’m scared. I’m scared. It was unexpected. I don’t know how to feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week.”
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